Detour: Germany

Guten Tag! Another June weekend brings another globetrotting detour to a country whose name begins with a G—in this case, Germany. And once again, we were making the detour because of a local festival: not Greek Fest but Wurstfest. I had the pleasure of touring Bavaria (the country’s largest state) in 2008 with the Brandeis…

Detour: Greece

Yassas!  This weekend found us globetrotting to Greece. We haven’t forgotten about France, or the five other “G” countries that alphabetically come before Greece. We’re taking our first detour ever since we moved to Buffalo (and first detour since November 2015), because the Greek Orthodox church in our neighborhood, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, was hosting…

Detour: Syria

Like our detours to Iceland and Bulgaria earlier in the year, our detour to Syria came about because we had learned of a special cultural event happening nearby. This time, the event was a MusicUnitesUs concert at Brandeis University called Home Within: A Live Audiovisual Performance from Syria. (Our very first globetrotting detour, to Mali, was also occasioned by a…

Detour: Bulgaria

Zdraveyte! We’re skipping ahead a bit this week to Bulgaria. In the past, it’s been pretty clear when to do detours: we hear about a cultural event, decide if the representative country is obscure enough (could this be the only cultural opportunity we’ll find for this country here in Boston?), and then start planning. With Bulgaria,…

Detour: Iceland

The snow is finally melting, and spring is in the air, but Jess and I decided to venture once more into the bleak winter with a globetrotting detour to one of the northernmost countries in the world, Iceland, in coordination with Boston’s annual Taste of Iceland festival. Geographically, this country is about the size of Maine, but…

Detour: Barbados

Derek and I have been in New York City since last Friday, and we’re staying with my mom and brother up until the day after Christmas. In between various family engagements (who knew that everyone wanted to see a bunch of newlyweds?), we’ve had some free time, and decided to take advantage of New York’s…

Detour: Ethiopia

Rather than heading for the first of the “B” countries, the Bahamas, we took a detour to Ethiopia this weekend. Here in the Boston area, we’re lucky to have quite a few Ethiopian restaurants that we could pretty much go to anytime, but we found out that an Ethiopian-American pop group, Debo Band, was playing at…

Detour: Russia

Privyet! After often wondering how authentic our experience was in Andorra last weekend, I’m glad that the next place on our itinerary was a country with a lot of cultural resources to help inform our self-guided travels: Russia. Our weekend social activity seems to be picking up as the weather gets warmer, and this past Saturday…

Detour: Mali

Before you worry that we’ve forgotten the alphabet and jumped from “A” to “M,” we realize that we’ve gone out of order by visiting Mali right after Afghanistan. (Albania, we will get to you next, promise!) While we still plan on going in alphabetical order, we’ve decided to make exceptions when special cultural events come…