European Christmas Markets Overview

Inadvertently, Sean and I have made it a pattern to visit Christmas markets in Europe for our first major vacation at a new post. In 2015 when we left Dushanbe for the first time, we went to Germany and Brussels to get a good helping of Christmas spirit. Last year, we did the same with […]

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Frankfurt: Feels Like Home

I meant to write this sooner than now but as always things here got busy and I never could find the time. Frankfurt was our bookend stop on our Germany/Belgium trip. We started here, and after four and a half months in chaotic Dushanbe, the orderly nature of Frankfurt was a huge breath of fresh […]

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Dusseldorf: Back to the Good Stuff

After our crazy escapades in Cologne, Dusseldorf was a breath of fresh air. We were exhausted from being up basically all night, so when our hotel told us we couldn’t check in at 9:00 a.m. we had a bit of a problem. And our stomachs were still reeling from the night before so we hadn’t […]

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Cologne: Please Love Me

If Christmas is a competition (which it totally is), Cologne wins. Hands down. This city has seven markets all differently themed scattered around the city. This was also the city which made my goal of collecting mugs from all the markets a bit crazy. Frankfurt had one. Cologne, seven. These markets were absolutely spectacular. Each […]

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Brussels: The City of Chocolate

We went to Brussels kind of on a whim. It wasn’t one of the first places we picked out, but happened to be traveling to other cities close by and I pretty much said “screw it, lets go so we can knock another country off the list.” I’m embarrassed by making it the afterthought now, […]

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