Soule-Reeves visit

Our friends the Soule-Reeves visited us recently. We had a great time showing them around Aachen and Würselen. Highlights included:

  • biking to the Burg Wilhelmstein in Bardenberg
  • Ice cream taste testing at Peppone and Casal in Würselen
  • Another bike trip to a different castle in Stolberg
  • A trip to the thermal baths in Aachen
  • Eating pancakes with the scouts in a 400 year old city gate (Ponttor)
  • Standing in 3 countries at once at the 3-country point and labyrinth
  • Scaling the Indemann sculpture to peek into a gigantic strip mine


Happy Solstice

We took a long weekend to the beach in Belgium. The part of Germany we live in has several long weekends about 2 months after Easter, and we have been busy with summer fun. Europeans are not really in summer mode yet, as they really seem to reserve that for July and August. Everyone seems to be enjoying the longer days and warmer weather.

Anyway, happy solstice from my family to yours ?

Liver cheese

Contains neither liver nor cheese

I introduced the family to Leberkäse (liver cheese) some time ago. Sometimes it is also known as Fleischkäse (meat cheese). I think there are some variants which actually contain some liver, but most don’t. There is also a variant called Pizzaleberkäse which contains little bits of cheese, but the standard doesn’t contain cheese. I think it is called cheese because of the texture. It has sort of a bologna like texture, as it is ground up very fine, and then pressed together. At any rate, it is tasty. Spencer’s favorite mid-morning snack at school is now a Fleischkäsebrötchen (roll with liver cheese).

One year in Germany

On the 29th we will have been in Germany for exactly one year. We decided to celebrate with a few of our friends today. It was our first party in Germany, and it went quite well. The kids were very helpful in preparing. Clare got a whole flat of strawberries at the local farm stand. They were a big hit.