Got my new driver’s licence this week. It was quite the process. I knew before moving to Germany that I would need a German driver’s licence, that foreigners were only permitted six months grace before they had to be local. What I didn’t realize was the difference in the procedure for obtaining a licence compared […]

As I mentioned yesterday, I went to a hockey game last Sunday between the Freiburg Wolves and the Bad Tolz Lions. It was my first sporting event since arriving here. Between periods I jotted down my thoughts. Rather than fix them up in a more coherent form, here are some random observations on the state […]

Maybe I’m reading too much into one instance, but…. Canadians for the most part are rule followers. It is part of our national psyche. Our Constitution promises us “peace order and good government” where our neighbors to the south aspire to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (These days they probably are wishing for […]

Just a few pictures today of Saturday’s snowfall in Sulzburg and the surrounding vineyards.

I woke up Sunday morning and there was snow on the ground. Winter is almost over, and for the first time the flurries didn’t melt on contact. Not enough snow to justify putting on boots mind you, the streets and sidewalks were bare, but it was better than nothing. I’ve missed winter. It will all […]

I’m sure there’s a story behind this church, though I ‘m not sure what it is. One of these days I will ask.  It is a modern building, looks to me like a 1970s interior. I didn’t see the name out front, but the city website says it is St. Bernard. (In Canada municipalities don’t […]

Dog owners know that they have a responsibility to make sure their pooch doesn’t leave nasty deposits on public (or private) property. Vigorously enforced municipal bylaws back that up. I expected Germans to be even more diligent than Canadians when it comes to cleaning up after their pets. It is a clean country, and citizens […]