Bodnant Garden in the Spring

If I could spend every day at Bodnant Garden, I probably would. These photos are from late May, when the Laburnum arch was in full bloom and the rest of the garden wasn’t looking too bad, itself. We even got to wander around the newly opened Furnace Wood and Meadow. Continue reading Bodnant Garden in the Spring

How to Overcome Jet Lag

Traveling east always wipes me out, but after my most recent trip to the US I’m trying to beat jet lag by sheer force of will. Here’s how: Saturday: Arrive home like a zombie. Sunday: Take lots of naps. Monday: Set a 9:30 AM doctor appointment. Tuesday: Schedule home repairs taking all day starting at … Continue reading How to Overcome Jet Lag

Chocolate Lies

I had a gross learning experience this week. You see, I don’t particularly like milk chocolate and will always choose dark chocolate instead. Not super dark, but the kind that isn’t particularly sweet and has around 70% cocoa solids. When we lived in Aachen, we discovered the Lindt factory there and I fell in love. … Continue reading Chocolate Lies

Quite a Challenge

I’m currently reading a book, That’s Not English, all about the similarities and differences between British and American English. It’s delightful! And I wish I had discovered it earlier. (I picked it up by chance at the library while browsing a stand of recommended books.) I was especially shocked to discover a meaning for the … Continue reading Quite a Challenge

Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language