Author: Molly Hayden

The mayhem of Marrakesh

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Morocco is the heart of the Maghreb region in North Africa and Marrakesh is its dizzying pulse.   And that chaotic beat starts in the Jemaa el-Fnaa.   By day, the Jemaa el-Fnaa, or town square, allures travelers with snake charmers bewitching cobras with flute music, makeshift…

November 11th, 2015 Travel

Things you didn’t know: Celebrating birthdays in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The melody is the same, but the words differ slightly. In Germany, “Happy birthday to you” changes to “Zum Geburtstag viel Glueck,” meaning, “Good luck on your birthday.”   And that luck must only come on the day of birth.   While Germans may not mind celebrating…

November 9th, 2015 Things You Didn't Know

Ghostly encounters transpire close to Grafenwoehr

FREIHUNG, Germany — Whether it’s the boogeyman, Freddy Krueger or monsters under the bed, we all have something that makes the hair on the back of our neck stand up. Maybe it’s that moment when you see something out of the corner of your eye, turn and it’s gone; or…

October 28th, 2015 News, Travel

Backcountry bliss in Germany

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany — We were a baker’s dozen; a motley crew of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr civilian employees determined to tame the Alps.   For four days, we hiked, crawled, stumbled and traversed our way through the lush and sometimes stark scenery of Southern Germany, fueled solely by determination and…

October 22nd, 2015 Travel

Things you didn’t know: Dining with Bavarians

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is customary for many landlords and nearby residents to invite their new tenants and neighbors into their home for dinner. But if you’re new to the area, anticipate some slight differences.   Read ahead to enter this cultural experience well prepared and remember, glasses will be…

October 20th, 2015 Things You Didn't Know

Dining like a local is as easy as eins, zwei, drei

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dining in Deutschland can be a rich and cultural experience and feasting on traditional Bavarian cuisine while sampling the local brew can enhance that experience. Eating like a local is one thing, but learning how to dine like a local can take some getting used to. Learn…

September 3rd, 2015 Travel

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

July 2nd, 2015 Travel