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…

30th Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was my parents 30th wedding anniversary. Thirty years ago, almost to the day, my parents were married, and four short months later I was born. My dad cleverly covered up this little known fact during their celebration yesterday stating that “Sławek is with us now as he was with us then…” everyone laughed… almost…