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Global Fieldtrip Night – Engaging Europe!

What do France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all have in common?  They are all amazing places to visit and were featured in our most recent Global Fieldtrip Night – Engaging Europe! Back in September we presented our first Global Fieldtrip night featuring the Uplifting UK, and

Global Fieldtrip Night – Announcing Engaging Europe!

Our last Global Fieldtrip Night – Uplifting UK, was a great success with almost 40 people from different parts of our blogosphere attending an enjoyable evening of food and photos.  If you’re interested in viewing our photo slideshow, you can check it out here: Preparations are

There’s a Leek in the Pot!

At Uncle Soto and Tante Gisela’s house we had many delicious German meals.  One was a leek soup which I really enjoyed and decided to make it for my German recipe. Here is the recipe: 4 Leeks 2 cloves of garlic 2 packages of fresh

German Trifle!

While we were staying at Uncle Soto and Tante Gisela’s house, we made our German dessert with Tante Gisela and our cousin Sophia. Trifle is actually English, but we figured since we were using German ingredients and made it in Germany, it was German! Ingredients

Spending Time With Family

While spending time in Essen with our family we did many fun things with our cousin Sophia who speaks German.  Some of the activities we did were going to “Tree 2 Tree”, mini golf and hanging out at home. Tree 2 Tree Tree 2 Tree

Die Zauberflöte

We had the chance to go to another opera called the Die Zauberflöte or Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Dusseldorf Opera House with Tante Gisela and our cousin Sophia. The Dusseldorf Opera House is traditional in design compared to the more modern Essen Opera

A Night At The Opera!

Having gone on the backstage tour at the Essen Opera House, we were really excited to see a performance there. We saw the opera “Cosi fan Tutte” by Mozart with Uncle Soto, Tante Gisela, and my cousin Sophia. I had never heard of this opera

The Essen Opera House-Behind the Scenes

We were given the chance to go on a behind the scenes tour of the Essen Opera House with our Tante Gisela, Uncle Soto and our cousin Sophia.  It is a beautiful building designed by Alvar Aalto. The Lobby In the lobby we learned that

An Artist’s Dream University

While we were staying with our Uncle Soto and Tante Gisela, they took us to Folkwang University in Essen, Germany, where Uncle Soto worked as a music professor, specializing in opera, for 25 years.  It was really special to see it with him so he

Concert Night at the Papoulkas House!

What a night! After my aunt prepared a fabulous dinner and dessert, uncle Soto’s music student, Dimitri, said he would play and sing a few songs for us. It wasn’t long before we heard beautiful piano music and singing coming from the living room. We all

We Are Family!

My dad, Steve Papulkas, comes from a small village in Greece called Ethniko. Throughout the 1900’s a number of the Papulkas families moved from the village to the “new worlds” for better opportunities, which included Canada and Australia. One Papoulkas family however, moved to Germany.

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit….

 “O’zapft is, (It is tapped!)” the Lord Mayor of Munich cries as he taps the first keg of beer and officially starts Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a popular festival that takes place in Munich, Germany. It was started to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig I and

A Visit to Dachau

It was a sombre and appropriately overcast day as we headed out from Munich to the WW II concentration camp at Dachau.  Upon arrival at the camp, I accidentally bypassed the car park and we found ourselves driving along the outer walls of the camp.  The high

“Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?”

  While in Dresden, we were given the amazing opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal for the ballet “Romeo and Julia” at the Semperoper before it premiered. It was choreographed by Stijn Celis and the dancing was beautiful. Last year, I performed in the play