And it Begins… Preamble to ‘A Year in Vorarlberg’ Blog – Eighteen months ago in a very, very cold, dark and wet Alaskan day, Ursula and I sat in the Islander Bar reviewing our last year and half since retirement and trying to figure out if we’d done the rightRead More →

Arriving in Felkirch

Finally! Arriving in Feldkirch Video Log – it’s been a busy and fast few weeks with travels and dramas and events and fun…and all sorts other stuff. It hasn’t been a period filled with any blogging or reflecting….as the ‘here and now’ is too demanding. Soon, I plan to takeRead More →

Thanksgiving n Heidelberg

Traveling beyond Feldkirch Heidelberg, That’s the German town where American soldiers meet ‘green’ Austrians girls in Irish pubs,,,,and marry them. Al least that’s how it worked out for us. Going back to Heidelberg is a happy occasion to which we always eagerly look forward. Ursula’s touring company is having aRead More →


Birthday in Feldkirch We celebrated Ursula’s Birthday yesterday, in typical Austrian style.  Where that differs from typical American culture is that the Birthday Girl is the one who puts on her own party, cooks and prepares and provides everything…..and family and friends drop by to indulge and enjoy the BirthdayRead More →

Feldkirch Conservatorium

Winter in Voralrberg 3 Feb ’17 – One month has flown by! Seemingly we’ve been standing still the whole time, but in reality, it’s been a fast,engaging and exciting adventure so far with travels, sightseeing, Ursula’s birthday party, concerts, bands, feasts, shopping, shopping and shopping and demons (that would beRead More →

Eating Out

Fine Cuisine Experiences (12 Dec 17)  There are many places in Europe that are crowded and busy. That’s because Europeans seem to focus more on the refinement of what they have rather spreading out, or up. One of the areas they’ve taken refinement to the far edge of exquisiteness isRead More →

Christmas Letter

Zimmer’s Christmas Letter – December 2017 Dear Friends, It’s been several years since we’ve penned Christmas cards or one of the ever dreaded (but much appreciated) seasonal form letters. While undergoing our transition from the military there never seemed much to say. However, with much time for reflection, we realizeRead More →

Phenom Phen

Schengen Zone Banishment Quick update – As noted earlier, my Schengen Zone visa for staying in Europe (26 countries….or is that 27?) has expired. There’s not much that we can do about it so it’s time for me to move along elsewhere until I’m eligible to return to Austria toRead More →

Killing Fields Cambodia

Phenom Phen Today I closed out of Phenom Phen today and rode on a Chinese airline, of Euro Manufacture (Airbus 320), to Seim Reap, the home of famed Angkor Wat.  Some from the West might wonder why the Chinese are operating in Cambodia? I’d say, ‘Check the map’; why wouldn’tRead More →

Angkor Watt, Cambodia

Siem Reap – day 2 Travels throughout Europe are often remembered through the lens of what cathedral or castle you visited. Most are magnificent. But, there comes a time when even the heartiest of tourist are effected by the ABC syndrome; ABC….’Another Bloody Cathedral/Castle’. When the ABC’s hit, it’s timeRead More →

Bakong Watt

Back in Phenom Phen Conjure up  the most amazing and astounding adjectives you can, and they might be sufficient to describe the Wats and sights in Angkor Park; they were selected as a ‘World Heritage Site’ for a very good reason. The third day in the park (and final entryRead More →

Returning Home

Homeward Bound This morning, or afternoon, or evening….whatever my body thinks it is, I’m sitting in SeaTac airport drafting up a few more notes. In total, I’ll have spent over 47.5 hours playing the Airport Odyssey between Anchorage and Phenom Penh. Right now I’m up to 38 or so….  TodayRead More →