Climbing Freiburg Cathedral : Freiburg from Above

I like looking at cities from above. There is always a high spot to survey the land, either a tower or hill. In Freiburg, although there is castle hill with a wonderful view, there is also the tower of the Cathedral. 265 steps brings you to the top of the single red sandstone tower with…

Brain Dump : Groceries in Germany

Food is one of those central things to life. It is pretty low on the hierarchy of needs. We gotta eat. Sometimes though, this oh so basic thing can get really confusing and complicated when it comes to living in another country, even one as modern as Germany. So here is pretty much everything I…

Hamburg from above

So many cities in Europe have a tall place to look down at the city from. Hence the from-above series on GroundedTraveler. This post is Hamburg. To get these views, you need to go to the top of the tower at St. Michel’s church. Often you need the TV Towers, but increasingly we are encountering…

Wandering Hamburg’s Speicherstadt

Hamburg is a port city from one end to the other. The Speicherstadt, storage-city, is an area of town composed of towering brick warehouses in lines between canals. The area has been renovated in recent memory to have bars and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. Quick History The Speicherstadt was…

Five Ways I Deal with a Fear of Flight

I have written a number of things over the past few years about being afraid of flying. The blog name of Grounded Traveler echos to that as well. I do now fly when I must. It is not at all my favorite activity, but I do it so I can see things and visit people…

Climbing the Reichstag Building

The Reichstag Building in Berlin is the seat of the German Parliamentary group and one of the more recognizable buildings in the city. It is right around the corner from the Brandenburger Tor and once sat just barely on the western side of the dividing wall. An old facade conceals a modern center. The building…

Brain Dump : Health Insurance in Germany

This is what we have learned from experiences and asking questions related to our situation around health insurance in Germany. Definitely ask your own questions, but this might give you a basis of understanding. Laws change and every situation is different, as such I make no guarantees for this info. Health Insurance Requirement In Germany,…

Greenhouses at the Berlin Botanical Garden

I really like Victorian era greenhouses. Not necessarily the plants, although they can be neat, but mostly the architecture of the buildings. The Victorian age saw a lot of the European countries sending out explorers with an interest in the world and a home population craving for them to bring it back. The late 1800’s…