All posts by Chad Josey

We are former US ex-pats who lived 4 years in Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate (wine) region and now make New Jersey, USA, our home while still traveling the world.

How Do We Sum Up Our Cruise from England to the Faroe Islands to Iceland, & to Norway? One word, WOW!

In Germany, we have 6 weeks of vacation!  That is such a wonderful benefit, especially for Amanda and me as we want to see as much of Europe as possible in our 2-3 years here!  We had taken our first cruise a year ago in the Caribbean, and since I did not get motion sickness, ...

Travel to Seoul, South Korea & Tokyo, Japan

In May 2013, Amanda had an opportunity to travel from Germany to Seoul to Tokyo, and then back to Germany.  This was her first trip to Asia, and I have never been before.  The colors and sights look so vivid.  And, the food looks fantastic.  She was in Seoul for 5 days and Tokyo for ...

Travel to Germany to See the Land of Fairytale Castles

Everyone has surely watched either a Disney movie or any of the other types of movies that would be set in a castle.  I think everyone has a general fascination of castles, whether it's the romanticized view of Prince Charming or Cinderella, or the imposing structure it can seem to be against invading armies.  Whatever ...

Roman Holiday – How We Spent 4 Days in Rome and Vatican City

Living in central Europe for the next three years, we plan to take full advantage of our location to visit as many places as we can.  Heck, it's like traveling from North Carolina to New York distance-wise to most places....and, it's to different countries (well, you do go through West Virginia going to NY, so ...

Picking the Perfect Day Trip from Stuttgart or Munich – Travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

March 2013 has been a busy month with both Amanda & me getting into the full swing of work.  With that, I have not had much of an opportunity for any updated blog posts, and frankly this winter has been very long, so we have not taken any trips.  But, Amanda had gone back to ...

Frohe Ostern…Happy Easter! How Does Germany Celebrate Easter?

One quickly learns that "the church" is taken very seriously in Germany.  A look through history books, you can understand why?!  Germany, the area where Martin Luther posted his thesis against the Catholic Church starting the Protestant Reformation.  Germany, the land where many significant battles (yes, battles) between Protestants & Catholics during the Thirty Years ...

Learn How Technology Has Helped Our Move to Germany as an American Expat – Part 1

Moving to another country that is about 4,000 miles away with a 6 hour time zone change can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s to a country with a different language than home.  Without the technology of today, I cannot imagine how challenging a move like this would have been 30 years, heck for ...

Learn How Technology Has Helped Our Move to Germany as an American Expat – Part 2

Skype & Video Chat: It is so amazing to be able to Skype with family back home either though the desktop computer, laptop, or phone.  With the laptop & phone, we can connect our family to anywhere we are (as long as there is an internet connection).  Being able to see faces while talking helps ...

See Why Germany Is More Than Just Bratwurst & Sauerkraut

Ask any American what they think of when you think of what German food is, and the answer most certainly will be bratwurst and sauerkraut.  But, the truth is....well....yes, there is bratwurst and sauerkraut here. Germany is about the size of Montana with the combined population of California, Texas, & New York and has 16 ...

Picking the Perfect Day Trip from Frankfurt or Stuttgart – Travel to Heidelberg, Germany

So, before I started work, I decided to be a tourist and visit one of the more popular tourist attraction towns of Heidelberg, Germany.  Heidelberg is located 20 minutes southeast of Mannheim by tram.  It is a very popular town to live in by foreigners because there is a fantastic international school present, it's very ...