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K's Café: The 30 Second Blog

Adventures of an American Family in Europe

Published: 2015-07-28T00:22:50+02:00


My blog has now officially moved to Wordpress


There will be no more posts here. However, since I was able to downgrade from the paying plan to a free plan, I won't actually delete the site -- I'll just leave it here as a back-up and to direct...

Moving to WordPress


This blog is moving to Just in case I accidentally write more posts, please take note. If you use RSS, please change your feed to (where there are already 3 new posts). I will be taking this blog...

Jerusalem Ramparts Walk, and Flora/Fauna Count (Day 6/6)


13 June, Friday: Jerusalem Ramparts and flew home midday Walked on walls/ramparts of Jerusalem, from Jaffa Gate to past Zion Gate and back again. Had a 2nd Jerusalem Bagel with Hyssop. Drove in taxi down, down, down from Jerusalem high...

Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Israel Day 5/6)


12 June, Thursday: Jerusalem and Bethlehem (mostly on foot; saw lots more than this but I didn't have time to write it all down as we were always on the move on foot) - Temple Mount (Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of...

Hezekiah's Tunnel, Dead Sea, Masada (Israel, Day 4/6)


11 June, Wednesday: Hezekiah's Tunnel, Dead Sea and Masada (8 out-of-the-car stops, including those three long interesting ones!) - Seen in passing: Armenian quarter; Zion Gate, Mt. of Olives, Kidron Valley (burial caves) - Hezekiah's Tunnel: totally dark, little LED...

Tiberias Region (Israel, Day 3/6)


10 June, Tuesday: Tiberias Region, then ending in Jerusalem (11 out-of-the-car stops!) - Tiberias & Sea of Galilee / Lake Tiberias / Lake Kinnereth - Tabgha - Franciscan (Catholic) Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the Lake. We...

Mediterranean Coast of Israel (Day 2/6)


9 June, Monday: Mediterranean Coast of Israel (Jaffa to Akko), then ending in Tiberias (7 out-of-the-car stops, including long interesting ones at Caesarea and Akko) - Our private tour guide would prep us on what to look at and take...

Tel Aviv Sunset (Israel Trip: Day 1/6)


8 June 2014, Sunday night: Tel Aviv Walk and dinner on the beach in Tel Aviv, with our bare feet in the sand. Perfect temperature.

How my daily Bible readings came to life as we visited Israel this past week


Preface: I am reading the whole Bible this year in an interesting different way: chronologically through the New Testament, with relevant Old Testament passages added each day. I made my first visit to the Middle East this past week (David's...

Momentous Week: Swiss Naturalization Interview, and more


It's been such a significant week that I am driven back to my poor old blog. Hello, there. (It's just too much to write on Facebook.) To keep a record for posterity, here are some of the wonderful and exciting...

21st Edition of my Christmas Stamp Collage - 2013


For the background on this annual stamp collage project of mine that has been in progress for the 21 years (minus 9 days) we have been married, see the previous editions: 1993-1997, 1998, 1999, 2000-2002, 2003-2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,...

Blog & Life Chaos


So my 15-year-old daughter gets papillary thyroid cancer, has a hemi-thyroidectomy under general anaesthesia 12 days after the first visit to a doctor, another hemi-thyroidectomy 11 days later, and radioactive iodine therapy on the way, and THEN I discover that...

Testing out posting on my blog by sending an email


I used to use Posterous to blog before they shut down. I liked just being able to send an email to a memorable address ( was pretty easy to remember -- see, I still remember it). Typepad also now has...


Thoughts during Swiss-German Zumba dance exercise class today (my fourth one ever): 1. Can I make this water bottle last to the end of class? 2. A Swiss cultural thing: we open the doors between each song to let in...

A really fresh baguette story from Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France


After our three-hour ramble up hill and down touring the three abandoned, ruined medieval castles in around-freezing fog, some of us were hungry and some were thirsty, and all chilly, so we looked for a place to eat. Problem: the...

Castle #3: Haut-Ribeaupierre (closed for safety reasons). Alsace, France


The final castle, at the top of the hill, had danger & closure signs. It was really very Brigadoon-ish on this foggy day: See the full gallery on Posterous But with some impressive moss: Posted via email from K's Café

Ruined Castle #2: Château Saint-Ulrich (Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France)


Next up: Château Saint-Ulrich, just a little farther along the path. There's a legend about two brothers lived in these two castles, an arrow's shot away from each other on the same hill (for those who speak French). It has...

Le Château du Petit-Ribeaupierre, Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France


After our morning pastries in Colmar and a look around the town, we drove 20 minutes north to Ribeauvillé (I wish I knew if it is pronounced the way it looks or has some special local pronunciation-rule-bending, but I forgot...

Colmar, Alsace, France


Our first visit to Colmar in Alsace, northeastern France. Nice place. I would go back. So many things we skipped entirely. We did wander the charming streets a little, first night and then day, peeked in a calming medieval church...

20th Edition of my Annual Christmas Stamp Collage


For the background on this project of mine that has been in progress for the 20 years we have been married, see the previous editions: 1993-1997, 1998, 1999, 2000-2002, 2003-2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.Those posts have links...