Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or mantra that keeps you positive or motivated? Maybe it’s something from a favorite book, or a quote from someone you admire. I have many of these: ‘Stay calm and carry on,’ ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going,’ and of course, ‘when life gives you … More Luctor et Emergo
My complete story, Fate and Longing in Lisbon, is now available for your reading pleasure! As of today, May 29th, this Kindle ebook is ready for immediate download on Amazon. You can use your Kindle device or the FREE Kindle app on your phone, tablet, or computer to read it. Click below to order this short Portuguese-style romantic comedy for … More And it’s LIVE!
At the end of January, just as the world was changing, I took one last, deep breath before it became clear that we couldn’t take breathing for granted any longer. On the flight home from Lisbon some passengers were already wearing face masks. China had just begun its quarantine. Since January, I have been holding … More One Last, Deep Breath!
by Christine Karren With the arrival of the Corona virus on every continent of the world besides Antarctica, a lot of people are taking precautions. We started by washing our hands more carefully and frequently, and avoiding contact with possibly contaminated surfaces. Next we were buying out the stocks of hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and … More Canceling Travel Plans?
By Val Karren Every year in the midsummer week, I take my wife away on a romantic getaway to commemorate our wedding anniversary. While Europe has a long list of exciting destinations with fascinating history and inspiring works of art and architecture, they are also filled with lots and lots of people. Our modern, hyperconnected … More 5 Most Romantic Getaway Ideas in Europe
In 1901 my great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Denmark. One hundred years later I immigrated from the USA to Europe and found again what they left behind. … More Finding Myself Again in Denmark
Until you know where you come from, you will never know where you need to go. Do you know where your family comes from? Or do you just think you know? Follow our story as we dig deep to uncover our roots. … More The Three Sons of Man
Caution! This collection of short stories about vagabonding around Europe is known to cause restlessness, perspective-shift, and travel itch in reasonable people. Pre-order is now open for delivery on 7 March. Read how. … More Get Carried Away!
Caution! This collection of short stories about vagabonding around Europe is known to cause restlessness, perspective-shift, and travel itch in reasonable people. Pre-order is now open for delivery on 7 March. Read how. … More New Release! The Tales of a Fly-by-Night
Yesterday I took my boy for an outing in city. We ate a fun lunch and went for a visit to the Natural History Museum. There, we discovered the complete skeleton of a unique dinosaur-fish (Mosasaurus) from right here in Maastricht. It was discovered in its entirety in the cliffs of chalk and sandstone, two … More Discovery at the Library