Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I have a confession...

...and it is not meant to be taken lightly.  It's serious.


If I had one wish, it would be to live in Europe 



Plus,
have a little one on the way
perkier boobs 
[I would need more than a wish for these two things to happen at the same time]
to run a 7 min mile average
that fur coats didn't exist
AND, an ocean bursting with fish and sharks with attached fins...


But, for today, I will focus on Europe.  Magical Europe. And the one wish that may actually happen one day if i'm really really lucky.

I'll be honest, I don't really know when my Europe obsession started.  I know it wasn't high school.  I hated World History (a subject I would love now).

I think I would have loved it then if I had actually taken 10 minutes to memorize European geography.  I'm a visual learner.  Or, maybe it's because everyone had the same name (Henry, Mary, Elizabeth, Edward, Louis, etc).  I just couldn't keep track.

Whatever the reason, it doesn't bother me anymore, and i'm actually taking some time to learn European geography.  I always knew it would happen one day.

But seriously, I spend way too much of my day thinking about other countries where I am not welcome for periods longer than 90 days. 

And I don't just dream about England, France, Switzerland, and Italy.  While these countries are lovely and very much on my mind, their neighbors are starting to take over.

Belgium, Latvia, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia...

Brussels, Belgium via
Riga, Latvia
When I think of winter, I think of this. via
Tallinn, Estonia via


(If I had to guess, I would say that most Americans have probably only heard of about 1/2 the European countries.  Just like most Americans have probably only heard of about 1/2 the vegetables out there.  I love my fellow Americans, so i'll stop there)

Anyway, I want to experience all of Europe.

And, I know...all of Europe is not quaint cities, cobblestone streets and castles.  But, if I moved to Europe, that is where I would live.

I love living in California.  It's beautiful and I am very fortunate.  But, if I don't get this European obsession out of me, I might explode.

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.


In case your wondering, I have been to Europe.  Once.

Last winter the fiance and I went to Spain. 
 Madrid, Segovia, Granada, Toledo.  I never wanted to leave.  For real.  

Granada, views of the Alhambra.  Ah-maz-ing! And definitely not found in the US.
Where we ate things like bread, cheese, and jamon all day.  My favorite, so please excuse the confused look on my face.


But I did leave beautiful Spain and I have never been the same since.

I left my heart Europe.  So I guess I'll have to drag the fiance back there to retrieve it with me.

If only...

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11 comments:

brittany said...

oooh, you should totally find a way to move to europe! or maybe... you could just visit again? i bet that would help! plan a long visit! i need to plan a long european visit, that's definitely what i need to do :)

hayley.jay said...

Yep, I can completely understand :) I went after graduation in 2007 and then had to move back to Germany in 2010. I stayed for a year and thankfully I have plans on moving back due to a boy. So hopefully I can teach English there. If you want it you should do it! While we're young!

Lydia said...

It's funny because there you are in America, obsessed with Europe. And here I am in Europe, obsessed with America :)

Unknown said...

Hey! I came across your blog from over at Suitcase and Stilettos. I know this is an older post but when I read it I totally understood how you felt! I too, have an obsession with Europe. I had a 3 month stint in England last year, suppose to be longer but that is another story. I feel like I left my heart there....I am living in Canada now but miss so many things about living on England! I am glad you got to live your dream and experience Germany. All the best x....I am going to go stalk...i mean read through some more posts...

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