Back in LA

I finally found some time to write the last blog post about our honeymoon trip to Vegas and LA. After our trip back through the Mojave Desert, we arrived back in LA. There, we decided that we wanted to see one of the film studios and went with Warner Bros. I was personally a little underwhelmed by the locations that we visited but it was a cool experience regardless. We got to see a Harry Potter exhibit including some original pieces from one of the movies. »

Jessie's 30th Birthday

Last Monday was Jessie’s 30th birthday. Therefore, we celebrated on the weekend after. Jessie had wanted to start at River Rouge Brewing Company, a local Royal Oak brewery that we discovered just two weeks ago. They don’t serve food but their beer is on par with Griffin Claw. Next, we went to Lockhart’s, a local barbecue place. The evening ended at HopCat. The local chain recently opened a new location in Royal Oak and we went to check it out. »

Elmwood Cemetery

Today, Jessie and I rode our bikes to the Elmwood Cemetery. This was the second time that we’ve been there. On a bike ride with the Wolverines recently, we rode through there and I thought “hey, we should come back here to take pictures”. The cemetery - according to its website - is Michigan’s oldest continuously operating, non-denominational cemetery. It was established in 1846. We certainly have plenty of old cemeteries in Germany, yet few of them have such beautifully designed tombstones and crypts. »

Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert

When we arrived in Las Vegas, it was late afternoon. We had rented someone’s time-share in a hotel behind one of the casinos through airbnb. Sounds sketchy but was actually really nice for the price. It was right next to the Bellagio that - according to Jessie - had an enormous water show. I’ll take her to the Autostadt for a real show soon :)… We walked around on the strip for some time in search for something decent and cheap to eat. »

Venice Beach and Death Valley

It’s been a while since my last post which is mostly due to the fact that a lot was going on in my life recently. Jessie and I got married, we had friends and family over, and we spent our “double honeymoon” together with Marc and Ines. That was a while ago but now I finally found some time to write about it. We started our trip with a flight into LA and we directly drove to the beach - specifically Venice Beach - where our small apartment was. »


Two weeks ago, I was able to check off “the South” from my list of things to see in the US. A business trip brought me to Austin, TX and I decided to stay and spend the weekend. The weather was a welcome change from the Michigan winter. During the day, temperatures rose to 86F and on the second day, I bought sunscreen. I noticed that the city had birds that I’ve neither seen in Germany nor in Michigan. »

Bike Restoration Update

I thought I’d give an update on the current status of my bike restauration. I’m at a point where I’m considering to just call it done. I’ve been wondering if I should really make the conversion from 27” to 700c wheels since that would significantly increase the price with new brakes, spokes, and rims. Therefore, I decided to initially just keep the steel rims which also look pretty darn cool when they are clean. »

Eagle Creek Trail

One of my best ideas in Portland must’ve been to explore the nature outside of the city. On Thursday, I drove about an hour further inland to go hiking on the Eagle Creek Trail which promised beautiful landscape and a ton of waterfalls. As most trails that I’ve seen so far in the U.S., this one started with a parking lot, restrooms and some nice and helpful overview information. Admission was $5 and you were able to pay at the self service station. »

Pacific Coast

During my trip to Portland, I rented a car to explore the surrounding area. One trip that I decided to make was to the Pacific Coast. At the car rental, I had the option to choose between an older VW Passat and a brand new Chevy Cruze. Also, the Chevy came with a rear-view camera and the Passat was parked all the way in the back and they would’ve had to move vehicles around. »


I had some vacation days left over and figured I’d rather use them before the weather gets miserable. But where to? After looking at the cities in the U.S. that I hadn’t been to yet and the weather to be anticipated there my choice was clear: The hipster capital Portland. After booking the flight, Jessie introduced me to the amazing show Portlandia which is a satire of the whole city and hipster culture. »