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Starting a Budget: Why and How

Starting a Budget: Why and How

Hi faithful readers! Welcome back, it’s Colin, here to talk some of the boring but hashtag Adulting stuff. Budgets. I’m not trying to lecture here, just inform. It’s taken us a while to figure out a system that works for us, so I thought it might be nice to pass along that information. I didn’t have a budget for a few years after college. I didn’t think I needed one. I was in the lucky position of having a well-paying…

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2017: Resolutions and Plans

2017: Resolutions and Plans

Hello lovely readers, and welcome to 2017! It’s Katarina here, and I want to talk about a few of my favorite things: goals and plans. If you know me or my family (well, one half of it), you know that lists and planning reign supreme. More than one panicking moment has been resolved by the creation of a list, and Colin has been known to calm me down by suggesting we start a list when I get overwhelmed. What can…

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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

Hello all, and welcome to our last post of 2016! Despite it being a true dumpster fire of a year on the global level, we actually had a pretty excellent year on the personal one! Since most of what we did was travel, here are some of the stand out experiences of 2016, complete with lots of pictures! Best New Food – Sweet Hands down, this one goes to the trdelnik. A soft pastry wrapped around a stick and rotated…

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How to Win at German Christmas Markets

How to Win at German Christmas Markets

It’s late November, and here in Germany that means Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt) are just around the corner! If you’re ever in Germany in December, or just want to live vicariously through us, here is our guide to getting the most out of the season. What to expect If you’ve never been to a Christmas market, know this: they are the epitome of Christmas cheer. Typically setup in a square or along a major street, the street market is made…

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Running Through Paris Disney

Running Through Paris Disney

In September of this year, Colin and I joined my sister Jennifer to join in our first ever runDisney event – a 5K through the Disneyland Paris parks. We were also there as moral support, cheering on my sister as she ran the half marathon the next day (she’s running ANOTHER one today – go Jenny!). I am not, by any means, a runner. In junior high and high school, I only got through the mile runs by wearing two…

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The Great Cheddar Taste Off

The Great Cheddar Taste Off

One of the things we missed most after moving to Berlin was a true Wisconsin staple: sharp cheddar cheese. Many of the cheeses here are soft and mild, like gouda, camembert, and butterkäse. So we set ourselves a challenge to find the best sharp cheddar. We collected cheeses from various grocery and specialty stores, and invited over our friends Rachel and David for a blind taste test. Here were the contenders: Cathedral City. One of the most popular cheese brand in…

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The Hard Parts of Living in Berlin

The Hard Parts of Living in Berlin

This post has been a long time coming, and frankly, it hasn’t been easy to write. As you can tell from our other posts, we’ve had lots of incredible times since we moved to Berlin. We’ve traveled all over Europe, shared experiences with our family, seen ancient and historic sights, made new friends, and adjusted to living in a new country. But it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies. Yup, it’s time for that real talk I promised you. Now,…

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Edinburgh, in Photos

Edinburgh, in Photos

Since we’re busy preparing for our next adventure (running a Disney race in Paris), we only have time for a short post today. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be deprived! In fact, we have quite the treat for you – another installation of our travels in photos! Today, we’re sharing photos from our trip to Scotland in April with Colin’s aunt and uncle. We went to Edinburgh, Glencoe, the Isle of Skye, Inverness, and Pitlochry. We’ve already written at length…

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Hiking from Fira to Oia in Santorini

Hiking from Fira to Oia in Santorini

This last May, we took a trip to Greece with Katarina’s wonderful mother. We spent a week gawking over the Pantheon, exploring Crete, sipping wine in Santorini, and eating as many gyros as we could. But, through all of that, one activity definitely stood out. Using the (occasionally dubious) advice of Trip Advisor, we decided to hike from the capital city of Fira (or Thira) to Oia on Santorini. The hike is about 10km and takes you along the crescent rim…

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Celebrating One Year in Berlin!

Celebrating One Year in Berlin!

On August 28, we celebrated the anniversary of our arrival in Berlin! It’s hard to believe it was just a year ago that we dragged four suitcases and two angry cats into a taxi to settle into our new home. We were exhausted, jet lagged, and more than a little apprehensive. So much has changed in the past year, that it’s hard for us to recount! In upcoming posts, you can look forward to some more advice for newcomers to Berlin…

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