Category Sports

The Rink

I saw the sign, and didn’t think it was that big a deal. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 27 there would be a skating rink set up on the pedestrian mall in Mullheim, the largest town in our region. It is only now that I am beginning to appreciate that it is a big event. […]

Christmas Market – Heitersheim

I’m sure there are other Christmas Markets happening in the area, but we have reached the saturation point. Maybe next year. But we did make one exception, for a Sunday afternoon trip to Heitersheim. It was a sunny Sunday, and the town is a five kilometre walk; we had been told it was possibly the […]

Grey Cup 2017

It is that day again. The Grey Cup game is tonight. I was supposed to be there, but by the time tickets went on sale I knew I would be in Germany. I might have opted for watching on television instead anyway. I went to the game in 2004, the last time it was in […]

The Mini Golf Course

Real estate agents have a mantra: “Location! Location! Location!” When choosing where to live it is always important to consider the local amenities. How close is your prospective home to churches, schools, shopping, transit, recreation and a myriad of other options? Each of us shuffles the list into different priorities. I never considered putting the […]

Heartbreak On Bank Street

I can’t decide if I would have gone to the game if I had been in Ottawa. Playoff football is appealing, but cold. It was sunny in Ottawa yesterday, three degrees Celsius at game time. July is a much better time to be outdoors in a sometimes-windy stadium. Being thousands of miles away on another […]

The Church Down The Street

Went wandering through downtown Sulzburg last week. There’s an apartment there I wanted to look at, a possible place to live for the next few years, so it seemed to make sense to check out what the town is like. I hesitate to use the word quaint, but it did seem like the quintessential German […]

Very Minor League

For the opening pitch there were fewer than 100 people in the stands, looking rather lonely in a stadium that seats 6,000. Welcome to perhaps the lowest tier of professional baseball. The Old Orchard Beach Surge play in the Empire League, a group of independent teams not affiliated with organized baseball. The Ballpark was built […]