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A side trip to Bremen, Germany

After a couple of blocks the square opened up and I saw the full magnificence of the plaza. Not only was the big church here, the Rathaus (town hall), parliament building, and several other large buildings framed the square. At this point, I realized I had somehow stumbled into a UNESCO World Heritage Site – namely “Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen.” Continue reading A side trip to Bremen, Germany

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In Search of Wieses: Fehmarn, Germany

The first place we visited was the island of Fehmarn, the ancestral home of the Wieses (my maternal grandfather’s family).

Fehmarn is an island located just off the northeastern coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea. This island is a popular summer destination, and its claim to fame is that it was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last concert. Looking through the available information on both our family history and the island in general, we decided to stay in Burg auf Fehmarn. Continue reading In Search of Wieses: Fehmarn, Germany

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Officially Published

For the last three and a half years, my life has had one constant. Through three different jobs in three different towns in three or four different houses, one thing has always been with me: my book. I first wrote about it on this blog back in June 2013, and at that point I was deep in the initial writing process and feeling pretty confident, even writing that I thought it would be published early the next year (2014). Continue reading Officially Published