My favourite road trip destinations in south-west Germany

Apart from Australia, I lived in Germany for longer than any other country, and yet I’ve barely blogged about it. Quite regularly, though, I find myself telling people on Instagram or Twitter or elsewhere about my favourite lesser-known towns in south-west Germany, around where I lived, and I … [Read more...]

Embracing Germany on a low budget

Some friends just came back from Berlin and they reminded me that it's insanely cheap to eat out there - especially compared to the exorbitantly high prices we have here in Perth. And in fact, there are a lot of ways to explore Germany on a low budget, something that surprised me no end when I lived … [Read more...]

5 more funny mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Ah, Germany. The land of long lists of rules and home to 80 million devoted rule-followers. The rules are one of the reasons I love Germany, but as you may remember from last year's post on the 5 funniest mistakes foreigners make in Germany, the abundance of rules does lead to a high number of … [Read more...]

Legoland Germany reviews from a parent and child: we both LOVED it

If, like me, you are the parent of a child (especially, but not only, a boy) between the ages of four and ten, then you probably know the pain of standing barefoot on a stray Lego piece as you walk into the living room. So, think about the extreme level of that pain. Now think about the absolute … [Read more...]

Best day trips from Basel, Switzerland – some travel daydreaming and planning

Need to know the best day trips from Basel? Read on! Researching and planning for trips is really an addictive activity for me. The more blog posts I read about my destination, the more I want to read. The more airbnb apartments I look up, the more I want to search for. The more train timetables I … [Read more...]

Berlin museums for kids – planning my 2015 trip to Germany, with help

I'm busily planning for our next trip to Europe in the middle of this year, and I'm very excited that it will include a chance to return to Berlin, one of my all-time favourite cities (potentially my favourite city in the world - I'll test that theory out this trip). I've visited Berlin numerous … [Read more...]

The funniest 5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Germany is a wonderful place to live and I thoroughly enjoyed my three years there: it's an organised place, they have great beer and long summer nights, they are experts at Christmas, and so much more. However, one thing most foreigners soon realise is that there are quite a lot of rules in … [Read more...]

So I went to a conference and I won a few frequent flyer points …

I went to the Gold Coast again last week for the Problogger conference. Astute readers might remember I wasn't a fan of the Gold Coast last time round. Well, it turns out I can totally be bought and I will forever have a VERY soft spot for the Gold Coast. For a few reasons, but mostly because this … [Read more...]

Visiting Heilbronn, Germany: What to see and why to go!

Even when I meet people who know Germany well, not too many of them know anything about the town I lived in - Heilbronn. To many who've driven around the south-west of Germany, the name is familiar only because two large Autobahns intersect there! Otherwise, it's probably considered a bit of a … [Read more...]

City tips: Berlin could be my favourite European city

A friend of mine asked me this week for some tips for his week-long trip to Berlin, and when I'd got halfway through writing the email I realised just how much I love Berlin and thought I'd share my must-sees with everyone. I first visited Berlin as a 14-year-old on a school exchange trip, … [Read more...]