April 15, 2018

April 8, 2018

HC Anderson's Odense

If someone asks me, "What's your favorite book?," I'll probably look a bit embarrassed before answering. Sometimes I feel like I need to come up with a really impressive answer, but that's not me. I love books, but I'm not the best reader. The closest I can come to reading deeply into a literary masterpiece is with Of Mice and Men, and that book is tiny. If I have to be honest, I love JK Rowling's Prisoner of Azkaban. The Nightingale. Number the Stars. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Skinnybones. Childhood favorites.

If you're like me, you might be a big fan of Hans Christian (HC) Andersen, who authored many of our childhood classics: The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes. But do you know what this Danish author has to do with Disney's Frozen? Scroll to the bottom to find out.

April 1, 2018

Scripture Search: Singleness and Completeness


With all this talk about self-love, I'd be remiss if I didn't address singleness.

March 25, 2018

Mecklenburg's Best: An Afternoon in Wismar and Schwerin


Part II of our time in Germany (catch Pt I in Warnemünde, here) was spent in Wismar, another town in the Hanseatic League, and Schwerin, capital of Mecklenburg and home to Schwerin Palace. While only about a half hour apart, Wismar's preserved, medieval touch stands in contrast to Schwerin's regality. Walking through Wismar, all you want to do is sing "little town, it's a quiet village", much like in Tallinn. Schwerin, on the other hand, makes you stand a little taller and lift your chin a bit. Yet however different they may appear, both towns felt equally as quaint and peaceful on this lazy afternoon, and there was nothing better than capping our time in Germany off with kaffee und kuchen.

March 18, 2018

March 11, 2018

The German Riviera: Warnemünde at Sunset


A former city in the Hanseatic League (a merchant guild during the Middle Ages), Warnemünde continues to be a center of international convergence as a cruise port today. Yet despite the volume of tourists, she remains a humble fishing village and seaside resort, embracing her unassuming charm while negotiating the changes that tourism inevitably bears.