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in2christmas AKA How to Enjoy a Bavarian Christmas Party

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Did you know that Christmas parties in Bavaria are very different from those in the United States? Really, it’s true! Instead of discussing the differences, let’s jump right to my lessons learned, also known as… How to Enjoy a Bavarian Christmas Party Don’t wear dress shoes, wear hiking boots Don’t wear nice dress clothes, wear trekking Don’t bring a light sweater, bring a puffy jacket, mittens and thick hat Don’t leave the dog at home, bring them along Don’t use restaurant valet, park in the far lot Don’t exercise that day, hike…read more

2011 Bavarian Christmas and Parting Shots

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Years everyone. Peichi and I went to Füssen Germany for Christmas with Wei-tschie and her family. All of us had a great time and we’re looking forward to spring when Peichi and I can return and cycle around the area more. Füssen is a really beautiful place in Germany. Yesterday and today’s bike rides are into the snow. Go figure, winter is here. Peichi and I will see you next year!

Merry Christmas, My Friend

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By James M. Schmidt, a Marine Lance Corporal stationed in Washington, D.C., in 1986 Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand. On the wall hung pictures of a far…read more

They’re Beginning to Lock Out All Your Freedoms

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By St. Nicholas Petreley To the tune of It’s Beginning to look like Christmas They’re beginning to lock out all your freedoms No matter how you moan; You’ll have to pay five and ten, for listening once again To songs you already own; It’s beginning to look a lot like Russia Or 1984 What a frightening sight to see, a recording company Can knock down your front door. Some encryption that bloops and software that snoops Is the wish of Disney’s top men; Dolls that never talk and you never…read more

Life in Germany: Mid-December Photos

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The past couple of weeks were filled with holiday cheer moving into high gear in Rosenheim despite temperatures dropping to 0. Last weekend, after setting up my standing desk at work, Peichi and I baked peanut chews and pecan pies for this past Tuesday’s in2christmas. Those photos will show shortly at TYPO3 Vagabond. This morning, I got in a nice morning snow flurry ride. On Friday, we’re heading to Füseen for Christmas with family friends from Germany and Taiwan. After Christmas, it’ll be stay at home quiet. I’m looking forward…read more