Birmingham

After my stay in Sweden, I flew to Birmingham (the one in England, that is), to visit my friend Matt. He arrived a few hours before me but, unlike me, he was planning to stay for a while. He recently accepted a job at the University of Birmingham and was moving there for good. It was my first time visiting […]

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Uppsala & Sigtuna

During my stay in Stockholm, I took a day long “Viking tour” to visit some locations of historical significance outside of the city. Although I can’t claim any Swedish heritage that I know of, the area of Minnesota where I grew up was populated primarily by Scandinavian immigrants. Combined with the fact that my name is spelled the Swedish way […]

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Stockholm

My wife Anya recently decided to take our daughter to visit family in Belarus. She was understandably reluctant to take a 9 month old baby on a Transatlantic flight without any help, so I decided to tag along. Airfare to Europe has categorically been very expensive this summer, but with some hassle we were able to scrounge up acceptable tickets […]

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Lech am Arlberg

St Anton (subject of my previous post) is one of several ski areas in the large Ski Arlberg region; lift tickets there include access to the nearby resorts of Stuben, Sonnenkopf, Zürs, and, most notably, Lech, which we visited for a day. Lech is a decidedly upscale place that caters to wealthy folks from across Europe. Accommodations and food are […]

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St. Anton am Arlberg

Skiing is Austria’s national sport & favorite hobby; the country has hundreds of ski areas serving a population about the size of WA & OR combined. Many of them are small local hills churning out the best ski racers of any country in world, but there are quite a few large resorts. Most famous among them is Sankt Anton am Arlberg, […]

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Wasserburg

One day during our stay with Helene & Max – see my Markt Schwaben post – they drove us to the appropriately-named town of Wasserburg (water castle). It was built as a walled city on a sweeping curve in the Inn River such that the town is surrounded by water on three sides. The Inn River (the same one that […]

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Markt Schwaben

My wife, Anya, grew up in Belarus, the country that bore the brunt of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. In the years that followed, a German woman living just outside Munich set up an organization that brought Belarussian kids effected by the disast...

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