Saturday, March 24, 2012

Benediktbeuern, Germany

Germany has been my home for nearly 5 days.
I'll admit,
I cried a lot my first day here,
in my room,
on Skype with the fiance.
Not because the family isn't amazing- they are,
but, mostly because I was exhausted,
in a new place,
and just trying to make sense of it all.

With each day that passes,
I feel more comfortable-
more and more at home.
I'm starting to see that this was the right decision for me.
I am happy.
(aside from missing the fiance all the time)

I wanted to share some photos with you of the village I now call home-
at least for the next year.

Welcome to,
Benediktbeuern, Germany

window to my bedroom

the Alps are literally in my backyard

I am hoping to travel to a few villages and cities in southern Germany,
Salzburg or Vienna, Austria,
and maybe Prague,
in April.
(mostly day trips)

My schedule is flexible, 
and I have a lot of time to travel in April, end of May and June.
The whole point of this experience is to get out and see Europe,
so, why waste any time?

If you are interested in learning more about working as an Au pair,
visit Alex's blog,

Overall, I am so happy I took the leap to make this happen.
Don't get me wrong,
there will be days that are exhausting-
taking care of two kids isn't a joke, 
and being away from family, friends and the fiance is an everyday challenge,
But, I am lucky,
and found a family that is so warm, 
and so welcoming,
it is hard not to feel like you are part of the family.

The biggest challenge?
learning how to drive a manual car.

Hope all of you had a wonderful week!

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Amy and the City said...

So glad you are loving it, I can only imagine how hard it must be too leave your fiancé! Is he staying at home the whole time?
Hope everything goes well for you!! Can't wait to hear more about it!
Amy xo

Samantha said...

Grüß Gott!! The first few days are always rough! I love that I've been in Germany about 1.5 yrs and haven't been to either Prague or Salzburg... Although, they are on my list!

E said...

I think it's completely natural to have those emotions in a new place. Especially leaving the comfort of you family, loved ones, and fiance.
The photos look amazing though, and I still look forward to all the exciting stories you're sure to have from your experience.

Jenna said...

Looks like such a cute and cozy city! Glad it's slowly starting to feel like home, and just keep remembering that your fiance will be out to visit in no time at all :) I think I saw somewhere that he's working in India, are you going there to visit at all?

Keep the updates coming!


Alyx said...

At least you have a car to use!

Sally said...

Glad you made it!!! It is perfectly normal to feel the way you do. When people ask me about culture shock, I think the only way to describe it is "awkward" I felt awkward for being so sad and heartbroken over leaving behind people I love, but at the same time feeling incredibly overwhelmed with excitement and thanksfulness for adventure! Just take it a day at a time and cry when you need to - you are an adventureous woman of courage to do this!!!


These photos are so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

this place is beautiful. I'm glad you feel that it was the right choice for you :) I'm sure you'll never forget this experience!

kimberly rae said...

beautiful!! i think it's normal to give yourself an adjustment period! so glad you have a warm family! cant wait to read more about your time there!!

Alexandria said...

This is so exciting, and the town looks gorgeous! It'll be an adventure you'll never forget!

Britt said...

Ugh, this makes me miss my German village so much! I don't think I would have the guts to do what you've done - you're incredibly brave!
I hope you adjust and get the most out of Europe while you're there!

Chrissy said...

Beautiful pictures! I am sure it was all very stressful and it will take some time to adjust, but I am also sure you will have a wonderful time and you will be able to take so much from this experience for your future! Hugs xxx

hayley [] said...

I could seriously cry looking through these pictures and reading your post. Even just seeing the "weg" on the end of the street signs is making me crazy homesick for Germany. How is the driving situation?

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

Beautiful photos! What an incredible experience!

Julie said...

Wow, it looks beautiful! It sounds like you'll be making the most of your time there. Have fun! :)

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Corey @ Learning Patience said...

Dont let a manual car scare you... You can do it girl!

xoxo from Colorado (this week)

B said...

it looks so beautiful! good for you for taking a big risk! where is the fiance? is he staying home the whole time?

Ana said...

So happy to see a post from you! It looks like such a cute place to live! Can't wait to hear more about it :)

Mo (New on U) said...

It looks so wonderful! I can't wait to see more!

Alex Butts said...

A big move, particularly overseas, is always hard but girl does that look like the most amazing place to live or what! Glad to hear you are happy and adjusting well. I have to learn to drive stick soon too... It's not goif to be pretty

Susan said...

Hooray! It is beautiful!! I always cry for a day or so when I travel like that... It's just a bit of an adjustment. But it's always worth it! Go to Salzburg! Here's a few pics from my time there this past summer!

MuahhWhosThatChic said...

Hiiii thanks for the comment i lile your blog and im folloing you it seems you have a awwsome life have a nice day !!!!

marie said...

I know how you feel, moving far from home for the first time is really hard, just keep up your upbeat attitude, soak in your surroundings & enjoy the adventure!

Cat said...

Sorry it has been a tough start but I am sure it will get better/easier as you continue to develop relationships with those around you (your new "fam" :)). wow ... what views and sights!! How awesome is technology ... skyping with your fiance helped the homesickness I'm sure :) xxCat

sepatuholic said...

Thank you for your comments on my post, yes, Indonesia has beautiful beaches and very diverse... The town is very cozy and hommy here, very nice. As for Prague and Vienna, I HIGHLY recommend for you to visit! I love these cities!

PS: I might come back to your blog and read the rest of the older posts, and leave some comments! :)

Andrea Dickherber said...

I just found your blog and I have to say, I'm so incredibly jealous!
My roots are German and I've always wanted to travel there (it's number one on the list of things to do once the hubs and I miraculously earn loads of money).
How awesome that you get to spend so much time there - I'll definitely be back to stalk your pictures, so keep 'em coming! :)

Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

P.S. Good luck with the manual car...I'd be a goner in that situation.

Andrea said...

Good for you Bailey! I don't know if I would have the strength to do what you're doing!

I hope you enjoy every minute & I can't wait to follow along with you! = )

ginanorma said...

Glad you are safe and sound and love your family, what an adventure!!!
Beautiful pics hon!!!

kimberly @ lush lounge said...

The place looks awesome!! Nothing like anything around here. I am definitely living through your pictures so keep posting them! Hope your having fun over there!

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

the homesickness fades a bit as you get settled and make some friends, I promise. You are lucky to have a family to be a part of, that will surely make it easier. and yay for day trips!

K said...

Looks lovely! I've never traveled outside of major cities in Germany and am very much looking forward to seeing the other side through your posts.
Also the first car I learned to drive in was a manual. My best advice is to be extra patient with yourself. It is hard for sure but give yourself some slack. Once you've got it, you'll feel so awesome!

Catherine said...

Congratulations. You made it! Your town looks so beautiful and everything I would picture a Bavarian German town to look like. So exciting!!!


Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog! I'm your newest follower! As a new follower, I'm a little behind... Why are you in Germany? I ask because I'm excited! I'm moving there this summer! I'm an Army wife so just wondering if you're there for same circumstances. I hope your transition is a smooth one.

I just started my blog last month. I would love for you to check it out and follow back if you like it!


Megan said...

that little town is SOOO CUTE!!!! i want to visit!! So glad you are getting settled..the homesickness will come and go..soak it all up!

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