Dresden Christmas Market 2018 Edition

In case you missed my write up of the Dresden Christmas Market last year, we went back this year to do it all over again. Mostly because Ania loves Christmas a lot, but perhaps also because we really missed that cheese and mushroom hot sandwich they serve there. Again, it’s only a three-hour drive at…

Saxon Switzerland

“Wait. You went to Switzerland? In Germany?” Yes. And no. Let me explain. Saxon Switzerland is a national park around the Elbe river valley south-east of Dresden, Germany. In 1766 two Swiss artists were appointed to the Dresden Academy of Arts, and in their letters back home they described their new place of residence as…

Burg Stolpen

I seem to have a pretty weird luck when it comes to renting Airbnb flats for us and our dog Fado. A few years back I found a place on the Polish seaside that turned out to be a murder crime scene some years earlier. In San Francisco, I found a great apartment smack in…

Dresden Christmas Market

Speaking of Dresden… There are quite a few things that took place between our trip to Dresden in August and today, but since today’s story also deals with Dresden, I’ll just write about it now. Today, however, the temperature was hovering around freezing, it snowed at one point,  and most important difference of all, we…

Dresden Fado Walking

Dresden is only a three-hour drive from Wrocław, but we had a long weekend to kill this past August, so we spent a couple of nights in East Germany to make the most of it. Naturally, Fado, our chocolate Labrador, had to come with, so I ran a quick Airbnb search for a place that…

Intermot Photos

I don’t really have too much commentary for this other that I hope you enjoy these photos. There’s quite a lot to take in at the show. One aspect very noticeably missing from the Intermot was the models. EICMA is definitely more model friendly than Intermot. I also noticed that the Queen made her presence pretty…

Deine Schwalbe

I’m guilty of neglecting this blog a little. Well, neglecting it a lot actually. And I’m not one to make excuses, it’s just that I’ve been pretty busy in other areas of my life. One such area is the Schwalbe scooter seen below. My role in this scooter is that of a project manager. I…

Bavarian Curling

Bavarian Curling, also known as Ice Stock sport, is Southern Germany’s answer to long and cold winter evenings. Looking somewhat similar to the standard curling we’re already used to, Bavarian Curling dates as far back as 16th century as seen on this Peter Bruegel painting from 1565. Fast forward a few hundred years and this…

Munich Walking

Our GOVECS headquarters is located in beautiful Munich, Germany, but I rarely get to see the city as we plan our flights around spending as much time in the office as possible. However this one trip was different. Much different. And while you will see just why in tomorrow’s Oktoberfest post, today I will throw…

Extreme Fun

Thinking back of the X Games, a week spent there wasn’t gonna pass by without having some serious fun. Ever since learning of our participation in the event months ago I was getting ready to see some live extreme sport action. While work is work and scooters rolled around all day, on one afternoon my…

Baden-Baden, Schwarzwald in Spring

I spent the last couple of days with a dear friend of mine and her family in the German region of Schwarzwald. The name Schwarzwald literally means Black Forest and derives from Romans who referred to the thickly forested mountains there as Silva Nigra. Even though we’re way into the Spring season the weather decided not to…

Karma

Seeing a Fisker Karma in L.A. I probably wouldn’t even whip out my phone to snap a photo. I mean even Bieber has one! But we don’t get too many toys like that in Poland, well, none at all actually, so when I saw this Karma on my current visit to Munich, Germany I had…

Poland vs. Germany – The Gummy Bear Difference

I am pretty sure you will all agree that Gummy Bears are delicious. As a long road trip companion or on a cry-me-a-river romance movie night, Gummies have always been there for me. No question about it, Gummie’s are awesome. But little did I know, there’s a difference in the Gummie jelly, and that difference seems…

Simson Schwalbe KR 51

Simson Schwalbe KR 50 and the KR 51 pictured below was East-Germany’s answer to the Italian Vespa and to me is still the ultimate retro scooter. 153,500 KR 51 scooters were produced between 1964 and 1968 before eventually being replaced by a more modern SR50 model, but the KR family lived on till 1986 with…

Bernkastel Kues – Germany’s Napa Valley

The one place I still haven’t written about from the most recent trip to Germany is our visit to Bernkastel-Kues. To make matters worse, we’ve been there twice now over a one year period and I still haven’t posted anything about it. So here it is, the wine country like no other…in Germany. Located on…

Trabi World

The Trabant 500 was introduced in 1957. The name Trabant means a ‘companion’ or ‘satellite’ in German, and was chosen as a result of an inner contest that took place in the year of the Sputnik in the Soviet controlled East German manufacturer VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau. It was the most common car in East Germany,…

Road Trip

Tonight we’re leaving on a week long, 2,578km (1,600 mile) road trip. Main destination is Idar-Oberstein, Germany where we will be visiting Karolina’s parents, but from there we’ll also go to Amsterdam and Haarlem in the Netherlands, and most likely take a train to Stuttgard to see the Mercedes-Benz museum. Plus, since we’ll be in the…

Apostel Bräu

My grandmother’s maiden name is Apostel, so it was only natural to drink Apostel Bräu over this past Easter weekend. My dad’s cousin, Gerd Apostel, brought a few bottles with him while they visited us from Germany for the holiday weekend. He admits that he usually has a case at home and tells everyone that…

U.S. Soldiers Get a Polish Whoopin’

I don’t get into politics much. Discussing politics and religion in Poland doesn’t usually end well for neither party arguing their case. But when I read this article about couple of U.S. Army soldiers getting robbed and beaten in a Polish night club I didn’t know if it was humorous or sad. Polish article link:…

J.A. Baczewski Vodka

In 1782 the Baczewski family opened a distillery in a small suburb of Lwów, Poland. It has since been recognized as the oldest Polish distillery. In 1810 it was one of four distilleries in the city, but as it pioneered new technologies, such as double rectification process, it stood out from the pack and produced…