Fresh Meat

I spent the month of April in Tunisia for work. Our family had actually already visited 7 years before, taking advantage of being stationed in Egypt and having our friend Claire doing advanced Arabic language training in Tunis (as the State Department  used to do).  Tunis was the pearl of the Near East bureau for…

Breakfast Tacos!

OMG.  That’s just the the best way to describe the phenomenon of breakfast tacos.  I took my very first trip to Austin to accompany a Bavarian delegation to SXSW Interactive. Yeah, I know, that’s ridiculously awesome.  And going to Austin during SXSW isn’t exactly like seeing the real Austin, but it was an opportunity to be…

10 of the Top Beer Bike Tours in the World

A friend recently alerted me to this post by Jessica Festa on We Blog the World. I do not want to get in the habit of re-posting other writers’ work, but this topic struck at cord with me. Bikes and beer are two of my favorite subjects. To travel authentically, one must get to know locals….

The Cheerful Cemetery

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living,” exclaimed Greek politician Marcus Tullius Cicero. Perhaps no where else in the world is this notion more dead true than in a curious cemetery in northwest Romania. The people of Săpânța, a small town just south of the Ukrainian border,  lead   simple rural lives. As they have for centuries,…

Bangkok Tree House

Commonly called the “green lung of Bangkok,” Bang Krachao’s abundant fauna and wildlife is a welcome contrast to the gritty, choking, concrete city that most people know. … The heart of Bangkok is an exciting, whimsical place full of monumental sights and savory smells. The familiar bustle, majestic temples and well known nightlife is often what visitors to Thailand’s capital are seeking. The Bangkok Tree House, in the lung of the city, however, gives visitors a chance to breathe.

Just Moving In

Welcome to Elsewhere. Don’t mind the mess. We are just moving in. While we get things organized, you are invited to have a look around. As the boxes get unpacked and items placed on the shelves you’ll find articles about many of the places that we have enjoyed or that captivated our imagination. We are, admittedly,…

Hops Plucking Like Grandma Used to Do

I cup the blossom and raise it to my nose. A sweet smell of wet grass and pine can be easily detected. Then I return my gaze to the motherly apron clad women sitting by the barn merrily plucking hops from the vines. My lovely wife is now among them laughing as she helps toss hops buds into…

Finger Hackeln – Bavarian Finger Pulling

I was apprehensive when I first heard about the finger pulling fest. Like most children who grow up in America, I have been duped by a father’s odor releasing ploy (I may have even carried on the tradition with my own kids). Envisioning a fest tent bursting with leder hosen clad, sauerkraut and beer fueled Bavarian farmers…

Old Man’s Pub

The curtain of smoke parted as the large one-legged man ambled up onto the stage. Scratching his scraggly beard, he turned to face the crowd, leaned over onto his crutch and, well, blew the foam out of everyone’s beer with deep soulful rocking blues. Slightly raspy, his tones were filled with emotion, inviting visions of Bluesmen…