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A European Union Tour West

A Summer in North America

One year back

One year ago, we returned to Berlin after our three months family tour through the US. We have thought a lot about this return in the past days, not only

America in us

Two months have passed since we returned from our American tour, and here we are, leaving Berlin again for our first little one-week trip to the South of France. When

“Mr. T”

Of course, everyone back in Germany asked about what our observations were regarding Mr. Trump and what Americans thought of him. And of course, there was almost no one who

Back one week

So here we are. One week has gone by since we returned to Berlin on that sunny Friday morning. And we are still not fully settled in. The last days

The Boys in the Boat

I have had a special travel companion on my three months tour: “The Boys in the Boat”, a documentary by Daniel James Brown, which our coach and friend John Faulk had

Home

And so, after nearly 12 weeks, we are home again. It is a Friday morning in our little street, a sunny late summer sky over the high pines in our

Hotlanta, place of memories and friendship

On the last stage of our almost three months tour, we take a bite at the South in Atlanta. I stayed here 15 years ago, as a 26-year-old post-graduate student,

Cheers!

I have been looking forward to write this post ever since I started this trip. And as I am getting ready to reflect upon the “American Beer Revolution” as I

Veritas

If I were to do it all over again, I would try to get into Harvard. It is just a place to be. You can sense it in the buildings,

Maine, my Belle

Returning to the US from Québec on August 12, we enter the State of Maine. It is a diamond in the rough. Similar to Vermont, Mainland Maine consists of rolling

Wildlife

We haven’t seen any bears on this trip, nor other predators that we could have come close to. Nonetheless, we were amazed by the wildlife we were able to witness

Mobile Office on Lands’ End

The closer we are getting to the end of our trip, the more I get back into working mode. Actually, I haven’t been really out of it, but the fact

Au Québec tout s’arrange

Excitement is in the air when we approach the Canadian border. After all, we have been moving around the US until now, and to us Europeans, who usually enter the

The Comfort of Greensboro

Maggie, our hostess, is an old friend of my parents and welcomes us waiving from the terrace of her lovely summer house, a few miles north of Greensboro, a quiet

From the Cape to the Green Mountains

We would have never thought we would experience so much while driving up from Cape Cod to Vermont. Our idea was to just have a day for the four of

Cape Cod Summer Memories

After weeks of cruising through the United States and a long journey from Traverse City through Detroit and Boston by airplane, we arrived on Cape Cod late at night on

Family Days in Michigan

We have meanwhile continued our journey to Cape Cod in Massachusetts where we will be for a week celebrating yet another special reunion with my friend Ben from my time

The Windy City

Chicago is not windy at all this time of year. We get there late at night, having entered yet another time zone, and it is still warm and humid when

The Golden City

We liked it in San Francisco. Very much. Even though we barely had 48 hours there, we felt we did the most of it. After our first day where we

Wild Rovers

Before reaching San Francisco, we contact Alex. He and I shared an appartment together in Paris in 2004 for a couple of months. I was of the firm belief that