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The Importance of Family

On my final morning in Amberg I was alone in Ella's old apartment for a while. It was a nice day--the birds were chirping and there was a hint of sunlight peeking through the...

A Google Hangout with Christina and Oma Ella!

Christina and a couple of surprise guests (hint: one of them is the oldest person to use a Google Hangout in history!) joined Passion Passport founder Zach Glassman for a conversation on May 5th,...

On The Banks Of The Danube

"I was born in 1910 in Kelheim on the banks of the Danube, but I cannot swim," Ella said as we drove into the city of her birth. She was visibly excited as we rolled...

Ella, A Friend To Both Young And Old

Ella loves playing Jenga. When I arrived at her relatives' house on Wednesday morning she was carefully stacking the game pieces one-by-one. I jumped in and started maneuvering the wooden blocks with her. Once...

Always Be Curious

Tuesday began with a hearty breakfast at the home of Ella's relatives. There were meats and cheeses and donuts and bread and coffee. Jo had even purchased a USA Today newspaper and the global...

Almost Famous in Bavaria

Germany is home to 146 castles and I toured three of them on Monday. First, though, there was the exquisite breakfast spread at the Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg. Omelets and proscuitto and brie...

Live in the Moment

Sundays in Berlin are meant to be spent with family. This was clear as I went for a run along the lakeside nature path near Ella's house in the Tegel section of the city....

Prost!

Traveling from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to Berlin, Germany takes about ten hours in total--there is the two hour bus ride from downtown Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare airport, the seven hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany,...

Christina and Ella Meet in Berlin!

Christina's trip is now underway! Here's a video from her arrival in Berlin and a touching moment when she meets Oma Ella! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUPpCno1v3w]

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