My weekly ramble no. 31 On the last day of our 3-week Christmas visit at home, I finally got to take a short walk through my hometown, Monheim am Rhein. It was one of the few times, when it was still bright and did not rain. I walked about 2 miles in total and took […]
My weekly ramble No. 30 Finally I get to share more of my happy place with you. Hopfen am See (Hopfen-by-the-lake) is a little lakeside village that belongs to Füssen. It’s located in the state of Bavaria and the Southeast of the Allgäu. Most people probably know Neuschwanstein, the castle that served as a model for the […]
My weekly ramble #29 If you read my post Q is for… (weekly ramble #26) you know that this was my second attempt to hike up Mount Umunhum. This time we found a parking spot and successfully hiked the 8.2. mile loop up and back down the legendary summit. It was perfect hiking […]
My weekly ramble #28 This morning I met up with three women from my meetup group. We went hiking in Los Gatos and had lunch at the Purple Onion Café after. Jo and her Monday walks have inspired me to end or start the week with a hike. That is why I’ve been trying to […]
My weekly ramble #27 No luck with Half Dome Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places in California. It is part of my A to Z of California in “Y is for…”. And the Half Dome is probably the state’s most famous landmark. The hike up this legendary Dome is on my […]
Weekly Ramble #25 It was time for another weekly ramble. Yesterday I finally crossed off another item off my California bucket list: The hike up to Mission Peak. From my house it’s approximately a 25-minute drive to Fremont (depending on the traffic). You can start from Stanford Ave. Staging Area, The parking here is free, […]
The Hollywood Sign is a must see. Last Wednesday I fulfilled myself a long-sighted dream: My girls and I hiked up to the Hollywood Sign. To be precise, behind the Hollywood Sign. We stayed in LA for four days and after visiting Universal Studios on Tuesday, it was time for some nature and quietness. And the […]
Happy Easter! We spent a wonderful, cozy day today with an easter egg hunt, mimosas, FaceTiming the family in Germany, the first Warriors Play-off game and some favorite people. On Friday my friend and I went for a beautiful back country hike in Calero County Park, one of Santa Clara County’s most diverse regional parks. The 4,469 […]
It’s been a while since my last walk for the blog. Today was a great day to get out and explore the local trails. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday and our family went on a wildflower hunt. I shared a couple websites in the last weeks about the best hikes in California to see wildflowers this […]
This was my first walk in 2017. After about 10 days of rain in the Silicon Valley (which is kind of a contradiction in itself), the weekend was supposed to be sunny and dry. And it was. We drove to Aptos and parked right outside the “Seascape Beach Resort”. We walked down Summer Avenue and crossed the […]
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Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.
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I’m Kathrin, a German who’s been living the last 9 years in the crazy world of Silicon Valley. Even though I love our life in California, I’m still missing Köln (Cologne) and the German lifestyle a lot. On this blog I share some of my stories and ruminate about what home really means. I’m a mother of two girls and the wife of an iSlave, a teacher, a social introvert and very passionate about the things I do.
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