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Romantic Rothenburg

Ahh, Rothenburg! It is the quaintest and possibly best-preserved walled medieval town in the world (OK, maybe just Germany, but, still)....

Beautiful Bamberg

Bamberg is a quintessential medieval German town with very old and, for the most part, original timber framed buildings, rough...

German Customs Control

So, I had a brand new adventure today. Somewhere on the A-4 between Dresden and Weimar in the small town of Chemnitz, the bus was pulled...

Potsdam Problems

Toady, we visited Potsdam, Germany, which is just outside of Berlin. It is probably most famous for the Potsdam Conference, which...

Historic Berlin

According to our guide, today was an unusually hot day for Berlin. It was in the mid to uppers 80s! And we spent a large part of the day...

Auf Wiedersehen America!

Well, I made it through the baggage check-in and security at Dulles in less than thirty minutes. I even had time to enjoy a Starbucks and...

School Visit

A lesson in discipline and respect One of the high points of my trip so far was the visit to a primary school in Beijing. We visited two...

China Trip - Beijing - Summer Palace

A poetic royal playground Bridge to pavilion A vast expanse of buildings and gardens set around a huge manmade lake, the Summer Palace...

Beijing

Here are highlights from the from the first two days of my time in Beijing: Great Wall (I climbed all the way to the top of the section...