Lion paws, photo Andre Herzog

Ho, ho, ho…

Christmas Market season is here people, so either get out and get merry, or prepare to hide in your room for the next four weeks. Everybody and their brother has started blogging about their favorite Christmas markets, so I’m lumping them all under one heading.

Germany, Ja! visits the always adorable Rothenburg ob der Taber Christmas Market. World Traveling Military Family visits a (WHOA) Underground Wine Cellar Christmas Market (sign me up for that one). Confuzzledom talks Colmar Christmas Markets. Starting Over in Stuttgart talks about the Forchheim Christmas Market, and German Christmas Markets in general. stadtkindFFM covers Frankfurt Christmas Markets. IHeartBerlin covers the Christmas, Design, and Charity Markets of Berlin.

A few travel posts for the people who hate Christmas

(I am one of you. I have almost nothing but satirical vitriol for Christmas Markets. Though I do like roasted Chestnuts and alcohol.)

Stuttgart! Underground (literally) Berlin!


We are giving away a game. It looks pretty fun. It looks like it will make you better at German. It is made by the Deutsche Welle, and they are good at the language learning. Enter to win one of ten copies here, now, before it is too late.

Borders and Understanding

Submitted without comment.


A new M.I.A. song and video about borders.

Identity and Integration, a Film