Street graffiti from one of the first "Buy Nothing" days in 2005. (Photo from Flickr by Resa & Krister)

What I learned from a month of buying nothing: It’s surprisingly easy

We are emotional — and often defensive — about our consumption. But an experiment in buying nothing proves more liberating than challenging.
Aug 19, 2016
Flag of Germany (Image via CIA Factbook.)

Chinese tourist spends two weeks in German refugee center after mixup

A Chinese tourist in Germany unwittingly signed an asylum application that got him stranded as a refugee for two weeks, according to reports.
Aug 8, 2016
Sigrun Woten, originally from Germany, first came to the United States at age 21 in 1963, the same month as President John F. Kennedy was shot. (Photo by Kayla Roberts.)

A German arrives in the U.S. at its most tragic moment

Among Sigrun Woten's first experiences in the United States was hearing the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Dec 30, 2015
Double-decker sausage in Freiburg. (Photo by Jeremy Keith via Flickr).

Real German food is more than just a sausage fest

A culinary tour of Germany reveals a delicious and diverse cuisine, with plenty of opportunities to partake right here in Seattle.
Aug 27, 2013
Stephanie Weber and her husband, Pier Paolo Perrone, of Frankfurt, Germany, look for clues to find a geocache in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Geocaching: A global treasure hunt with Northwest roots

How a digital scavenger hunt born in Oregon has changed the way people travel.
Aug 16, 2013
Hydrabad Pigeon by Raja Singh

Passion for pigeons unites NW natives and new immigrants

Eagles are majestic. Doves are romantic. Pigeons, with their tatty wings and street-living ways, are seen by many as dumb and dirty, referred to as the “rats of the sky.” But if you ever met a sleek-feathered, iridescent-colored, sharp-eyed racing pigeon, you’d never think of his cousin—that humble creature eating bread crusts in Pioneer Square—the […]
Jan 11, 2013
(Photo by JulieMarkee)

Merry Christmas, Bavarian-style

Nestled in the Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle lies a little slice of Bavaria. Leavenworth is perfect in the winter, with snow gently falling on the steeply sloped rooftops, and hot brats being served on the street. Okay, okay, an Alpine themed tourist town might sound a little cheesy. But even true Bavarians, like […]
Dec 24, 2012
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Secret Seattle blogger uncovers Europe’s weirdest music videos

About a month ago an anonymous Seattle blogger called Videofedhead started a remarkable but unadorned collection of the wildest and weirdest international music videos I’d ever laid eyes on. Most of them are European, with a few notable Israeli, Korean, Japanese and American exceptions. Some are pretty porny (I’m still blushing from that Giant Panda’s strip […]
May 10, 2012