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by Toiny Westberry 5 December 2012
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We celebrated St. Nicholas day (aka Sinterklaas in Dutch) on Sunday with the Dutch/German club here in Stuttgart.  It was a very international affair with not just Dutch & German folks, but also Greek, American & Turkish people.  Despite all our differences, we were there to really celebrate Sinterklaas and have a fabulous time.  Dutch […]

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My Oma

by Toiny Westberry 14 November 2012
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We squeezed in a trip to Holland before the snows gets deep.  I’m not a fan of zooming down the autobahn at 80-90 miles an hour with ice so I mostly skip winter visits.  I needed some St. Nicholas supplies (chocolate letters are much loved here) and I missed my family.  Especially my Oma.  It […]

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The American Cemetery in Margraten

by Toiny Westberry 30 May 2012
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I had a hard time writing this today, my hand notwithstanding.  I try to keep politics out of the store, and have it be a welcoming place for everyone.  But I am a soldiers wife.  I am soon to be a soldiers mother.  It is because of the military I am in Germany.  Politics are […]

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Tiny Dutch Cars

by Toiny Westberry 22 April 2012
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If you are really feeling green, and truly wanting to cut down on your carbon footprint, I think one of these would be an awesome next step.  Other than right there, in that picture, I’ve never seen one.  We’ve gotten very used to small cars.  It is now the occasional SVU or full-size pick-up imported […]

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Puntbroodjes are for Ducks

by Toiny Westberry 19 April 2012
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I have lots of beautiful photo’s of my kids.  I love them!  But I also have some awesome shots of the wildlife at Beekse Bergen over Easter Break.  My favorite, of course, are the giraffes, I still get giggly like a schoolgirl when I look at those images.  I also have a beautiful one of […]

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Met Oma

by Toiny Westberry 14 April 2012
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Last weekend wasn’t all about giraffes, it was about family and seeing the ones we love (though I really, really love giraffes too).  We saw cousins, aunts & uncles but most importantly I got to see my Oma!  In case you are new to our site, new to my babbling, my Oma is 97 and […]

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Me & the Giraffe

by Toiny Westberry 12 April 2012
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I’d been hoping for weeks that we could make a trip up to Holland and see my Oma. There are so many things that must fall exactly right for us to go. Most important, the van must drive. Dave’s back has to be up to the long drive. Dave needs to be home, and not […]

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Dutch Stau

by Toiny Westberry 29 September 2011

I’m backtracking a little today, because my weekend in Holland was packed with so much goodness, I’m just not done sharing.  On top of Oma, my family, we also hit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Maritiem festival, a celebration of all things boat.  I think.  All I know is, it was busy, filled with Dutch people, Dutch music, Dutch […]

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