Monday, April 30, 2012

Neighbors

I have spent my entire life living in the United States (with exception for this last month)
I can't really complain, it's a great place to live.
Granted, in the past few years, the economy has sucked,
and finding a job nearly impossible-
and don't get me started on healthcare.
But, overall, I am so fortunate to have grown up in such a great place,
California, no less.

It is surprising, however, that I have never really given much thought to Canada-
my neighbor.
I started thinking more and more about Canada when I arrived in Germany.  
After all, Canada for me, is a little like France or Spain to Germany.
So close, it's easy to forget they exist.

Montreal, for example, is a city I can actually see myself enjoying if I ever found myself craving city living.
It has history, outdoor activities, festivals, parks, and green living real estate options- something our world desperately needs more of.
Montreal seems to have it all- at least for me.
Minus the French speaking part,
I would be a little lost in that department.

Although I may never call Montreal, or any of Canada, my home,
it is a definite place to consider should the opportunity present itself.

One thing I have learned since I moved to Germany is that anything is possible.
Just because I was born and raised in California, 
does not necessarily mean it will be my home forever-
something I think I've already proven.
I have also learned that I have great neighbors-
neighbors I should visit if I ever get a chance,
maybe bring them a basket of muffins (or just some cash to support tourism, same same).

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has anyone lived in Canada?
visited?
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Friday, April 27, 2012

bike rides are fun

Today, I went for two bike rides.
this was my first time really getting out on a bike since moving to Germany.
and, 
let me tell you...
I don't know if I can ever go back to the US now.
these bike rides may have changed my life.
for real.
i'm serious.
Germany is a different planet. 
a planet where people walk and ride bikes- for fun.
a planet where nature and humans coexist (at least the area I live)
It is beyond beautiful.

Let's just say I have many many bike rides in my future.


















Happy Weekend!!!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

things kids teach you, part I

I am not a mom yet.
however, since moving to Germany, I now take care of two lovely children every day.
J is eleven.
A is eight.

for the past 18 months, I have been pretty baby crazy.
it's like I woke up one morning, and decided, 
hey! it's time to make a baby. i am ready.

well, it's 18 months later.
and I still have not produced said baby.
my yearning to get pregnant right now has faded a bit,
and i'm learning that life does not always need to be so rushed.
I am 25.
I have plenty of time-
even if my facebook says otherwise.

the fiance is working his booty off,
so that hopefully, one day, we can live a comfortable life-
although I do realize that money does not equal happiness.
In the mean time, i'm looking after two beautiful children,
in a different country,
and, since i'm being honest,
doing lots of other "mom" work- laundry, cooking, dishes, etc.
On my time off, I travel.travel.travel.

The past few years, traveling has become an obsession, 
a passion.
I don't think I will ever see enough until i've seen it all.
this in no way means I don't appreciate all the opportunities I have had-
I do.
but, traveling is on of those things that completes me,
traveling has helped me learn who I am.
and, i never want to stop learning.

so, before I make a baby, 
I decided I needed to travel and learn as much as possible.
hence, germany.

since I am in Germany helping these two amazing little people grow up,
I thought I would share with all of you some things they teach me-
about life,
about being a mom, 
about simply growing up.

so, here we go...
in the time I have been here, 
I have learned one key thing about raising children-

they lie.
all while maintaining a sweet smile on their face.

I don't know why this surprises me.
after all, i'm pretty sure I was a serial-liar growing up.
although, I doubt I did it with a smile on my face...



Hope all of you have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Oh! How Pinteresting Wednesday

hey friends.
It's hump day. thank goodness!
this weekend could not come soon enough.

my plans?
well, unless the fiance says last minute that he will be flying to make a visit,
I will be visiting Alex from ifs, ands & butts.
there is a beer festival on Sunday in Stuttgart,
and then I will spend Monday and Tuesday in Heidelberg.
I am so excited to finally meet Alex.
after all, if it was not for her and her blog, who knows if I would even be in Germany right now.

Speaking of Germany-
the weather is out of control.
yesterday it snowed,
today I wore shorts running.
I can't keep up.

since today is Wednesday,
I am linking up for Oh! How Pinteresting Wednesday.
here are some of this weeks favorites...


the perfect messy pony.
I want this right now.
yes please
this is pretty much 100% true.
intense
sweet sleeves
coffee. enough said.
gorgeous photo.
tiny human.
kisses

Find all these pins on my pinterest


Head on over to The Vintage Apple and link-up!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Welcome to Nepal.


There are many words to describe Kathmandu, Nepal.

deafening. suffocating. beautiful. shocking.
alluring. foul. overwhelming. powerful.

However, I like to describe Nepal (particularly Thamel) as,
beautifully chaotic.

No matter what word comes to my mind,
Nepal shook me to my core,
and, has left me a changed person.

More than anything, and most ironically, Nepal has left me wanting more.

Kathmandu:
people, cars, bikes, cows, sewage, motorcycles, dogs, trash, and more trash...

The moment you enter kathmandu,
you step foot into a different world.
Every sense,
sight. smell. taste. touch. hearing.
are all turned on.

It doesn't matter how hard you fight it,
there is no escaping the maddness that makes Kathmandu so unlike any other place I have ever visited.
















Nepal was the first real third world country I had ever visited.
It is world so different from the sanitary, bright and shiny bubble I have been lucky enough to call home-
a home I will never take for granted again...

Here starts my journey through Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia,
with my travel buddy,
my fiance.
Without this man, I never would have seen this part of the world.

I never would have known such beautiful chaos exists...


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Views from my weekend

Since I had to work part of the weekend, 
I decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my time doing absolutely nothing.

My weekend consisted of,
walks around the village taking pictures of the snow covered mountains,
Latte's topped with the most amazing honey I have ever tired,
A's riding tournament,
J's birthday,
House,
and lots and lots of time blogging.

The fiance may come for a visit next week,
if not, I am debating about making a little trip to Salzburg for the weekend.
I will keep you posted on potential travel plans...












How was your weekend?
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