Germany · Travel

We are back from…

Can you guess what city  we visited?

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I’ll give you a hint… it is in Germany and was formerly part of the DDR.

I have so much to share with you, from some of our sightseeing to a delicious and rather unusual meal at a pretty famous biergarten known worldwide.

In a day or two I will have my Lookbook _______, ready to share with you as well as that amazing meal.  We are still doing a little “day” travel around Bavaria as my husband has a bit more time off work.  Our weather is beautiful here, sunny, warm but still fall like.  It was really nice that the weather has cooperated with my husband vacation time.

See you very soon! 🙂

 

Life Abroad · Random

Did you get the memo?

Hi!  I can’t help it, not only is my favorite tv show The Office, one of my all-time favorite movies is Office Space.  I guess I have a thing for shows in office settings.  But really, both are so funny and entertaining!

As I was getting things together today for some upcoming travels, I realized I need to get a bit more organized with blogging.  Of course, this movie clip came to mind and I thought I should send y’all a memo of sorts.

I am probably one of the few who do not take a laptop,  tablet or smart phone even, along when I travel. (I don’t even have internet on my phone.)   I just take a camera.  Remember those?  Anyways I will be mia for a week or so taking photos and having experiences which I will be sure to blog about.

Blogging here is still a bit new and I have so much more to learn.  Writing a post is the easy part, it’s just all of the other things that go along with it.  I am not very technically savvy I have realized.  Also, everything comes up in German and this is one language that doesn’t always have an English translation.  I know quite a bit German but things just seem to take longer for me to figure out online.  Even my keyboard is different. When you are used to typing about 78 wpm in America, well…you can see the adjustment.  No more qwerty keyboard but a qwertz.

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Next time, I am sure I will be a bit more organized and have regular posts ready to go when I am “out of the office”.   Maybe one day in the future I will even be connected when out-of-town but for now, nope.   Just being in the moment, making memories with my husband, is something that I treasure without distractions.

I am curious if others travel without electronics?

Be back soon!

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Home Decor

Considering a bedroom makeover

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One way to make a big impact on a bedroom without a total redecorate, is to switch out the bedding.  If you can only do one thing to makeover a bedroom,  I suggest to invest in decorative pillows, new bedding, or even just a  comforter or duvet, whichever is your preference.

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Wayfair.com

I never really thought about bedding before until moving overseas. I also, never knew there were so many different ways to make  a bed either.  In the area which we live, there is no such thing as a top sheet, blanket or comforter even.  We have  a fitted sheet and a duvet on the bed.  At least we do have similar pillows, although they  are European size.

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Still, I plan to change our bedding to more of the American style I am used to.  My husband?  I don’t think it matters much just as long as he has a comfortable place to read and sleep.

Wayfair.com
Wayfair.com

I do know, I want the bedding to be soft, not too heavy, beautiful and inviting. I have a lot of time to make up my mind but it is fun looking for ideas.

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Wayfair.com

I noticed that my favorites seem to come from the same company!  I’m not sponsored at all.  I did look further into their website and saw they do deliver in Germany!  This is good to know for future reference.

In the meantime, I will just have fun looking for that perfect set of bedding!

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Wayfair.com

Checkout all my bedding picks on my Bed & Bath Inspiration Pinterest Board

 

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Life Abroad · Random

Getting over the culture shock – thinking positively.

honeymoon-2011-012The first thing that most people do when moving to a new country is make comparisons and of course imply that their way of doing things or products they use are better.  Yes, I have been known to say the common phrase”that’s not how we do it in the U.S.!”, or “I can buy that in the U.S., why don’t they sell that here?!”  Let me share a few example’s of phrases that have come out of my mouth.

  • “You want me walk to the grocery store? How am I going to get the groceries home?”
  • “Why aren’t there coupons in the paper, how on earth am I going to save money?”
  • “What do you mean they don’t sell Revlon makeup here or Secret deoderant?! I won’t survive!”
  • “No, seriously, will that refrigerator get bigger when it grows up?”
  • “Thats not funny!  They really don’t pick up the trash every week?”
  • “What do you mean I can’t throw it away? Now you tell me I have to carry every plastic container to a recycling center and its’ HOW many Kilometers away? Can you translate that into Miles please?”
  • “I’d like a side of Ranch please.” My husband than telling me they don’t have Ranch dressing here.. not even at Mc Donalds!
  • “What does that mean?  28 degrees?  It’s going to be really cold…wait, it’s summertime!”
  • “The recipe call for 150 grams of butter, how much is that? and “I need to use a stick of butter, how many grams is that?”
  • “OMG, she wore that yesterday!”
  • “Does anyone speak English here?”
  • “What is the German word for…. & how do I say that in German?”
  • “What do you mean there is no English translation?”
  • “What do you mean we have to spend 5 euros on a garbage bag to set at the curb?”
  • “Look at that, that lady is on her bike, with groceries in a basket and its like 30 degrees out (farenheit) and she’s like 80!”
  • “I have to walk how far to mail a letter and then I have to speak in German?”
  • “Just call the guy to fix it.”
  • “No, I am not hard of hearing… I just asked you to repeat what you said because I did not quite understand your German.”
  • “Where is the elevator?”
  • “What do you mean we can’t cut the grass today, it’s Sunday.”
  • “What did they say?” (the most popular phrase I say to my husband, when someone talks to me in German, even now at times.)

It was a shock when I first came here, but then I started to live this way of life and it works.  Everything is smaller and metric and just because rules are different does not mean its a bad way to do something.  Less is so much more here and that is something I needed to change in my life.

Now when I travel to the U.S. to visit, I find I suffer from a bit of reverse culture shock.  I never thought that would happen.  I admit, this past April I actually had a panic attack walking into Krogers to grocery shop.  It was so overwhelming!

I embrace both cultures and look at the positive aspects of what both have to offer.  I no longer make rude remarks or comparisons.  I find myself much calmer and happier even.  The diversity of other countries and cultures is what makes our world so unique. I think people should try to travel and experience other cultures.  It broadens our thinking, understanding and acceptance of those who may seem different from us.  It can also cause us to take a look into ourselves as well.

Finally, I have learned to just enjoy and embrace the culture of where I am at that moment.  Just because I might do things in a different way does not mean their way of life is wrong, it’s just different.  A bit of diversity is definitely a good thing.


Coming soon…. Lookbook Brugge, Belgium

                               Oh No – my Lipstick!

                                Devils Food Cake with Buttercream Frosting – Sinfully Delicious.


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Travel

Introducing, the first…Travel Tip Tuesday

Travel Tip Tuesday

It is time for the first ever edition of “Travel Tip Tuesday!

This is a simple post where I will share a travel tip of mine.  Considering I have been traveling for the past 42 years, I have plenty to share.  (Am I really that old?! Wow!) Originally I considered writing a blog post that would contain all my tips, but I thought it would be a bit long and get a bit boring, so…. let’s begin.

Probably my first and most important tip I have learned and not too easily at that is:

*Have Patience*

Know that connections will be missed at one time or another, weather can not always be predicted and delays do happen.  I have learned there are two ways to handle this problem.

Option One, be an ass, yell or get angry at the people who work at the airport or train station, complain to everyone around you and be miserable which in turn makes everyone miserable.  Remember, delays are not easy on the flight crew either.  They have homes and children to get back to as well.

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Option Two, accept the fact that your trip is delayed and just enjoy the adventure.  Yes, I know all too well how hard and inconvenient a delay is.  Especially when you are traveling alone and haven’t slept in 30 hours, have really bad cramps (hopefully not tmi?)  and that the event you were traveling for will happen whether you get there or not.  It happens.  Remember, that those around you have a destination to get to as well, not just you.

Traveling is not just about getting to your destination on time, it’s about the journey, the adventure.  During delays, I have met and had some good conversations with very nice and interesting people, seen places that I hadn’t intended on visiting and rode in an old train from 1966 (the year I was born).  These are a few results from delays I have experienced.  And yes… I am embarrassed to admit I have taken the Option One way to handle a delay before, I am definitely not perfect when exhausted and in travel mode, but I have learned how to handle situations a bit better.

This is the best advice out of all I have to give anyone traveling.

Enjoy the delays, have patience and embrace your adventure!

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Baking · Books · Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Saving Grace

I just finished a wonderful book by Jane Green titled Saving Grace.  I LOVED this story!  I highly recommend reading this book.  Normally, I can figure out what is going to happen in a book, but It took me almost to the end of the story to do that.  It was suspenseful at times, romantic and I truly enjoyed the adventure of reading it.

A unique thing about this book, is she shared recipes throughout that pertained to some parts of the story.  There was only one other book that I read that did the same thing (another fabulous book, I will be sharing with you soon).

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This recipe for  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie caught my eye.  I honestly never even thought about trying a different version of a chocolate chip cookie.  I always just followed the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  Can one really use chocolate chips in other recipes?! 😉

Recently, a friend of mine brought over two bags of chocolate chips which was so very sweet.  That is an item that is not sold where I live so it was really a treat to make these.

One other thing I found is I love recipes with the measurements in grams and celsius, since that is what is used in Europe.  It was nice not to have to do math and conversions.  Honestly, using a scale for measuring ingredients makes baking simpler and you know the measurements to be exact.

Here is the recipe I  from the book….

     Ingredients:

     200 g butter

     150 g white sugar

     120 g brown sugar

     2 eggs beaten

     2 teaspoons vanilla extract

     300 g plain flour

     1 teaspoon baking soda

     1 teaspoon salt

     320 g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.  In a large bowl cream together butter, white and brown sugars until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs, a little at a time, beating well with each addition.  Stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda  Gradually stir into the creamed mixture  Finally, fold in the chips.

Place rounded spoonfuls  on a greased or silicone baking sheets.  Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until light brown.  Place on wire rack to cool.

The result: very easy to make and delicious cookies.

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A tip – since there are only the two of us.  I rolled half of the dough and wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer to bake another day.  Easy slice and bake.   I have no idea why I never thought of doing that before.

Anyways another awesome read and amazing cookies to boot.  If you are curious what other recipes she shares along with her story, you will just have to get the book. 😉

Happy reading & snacking!


This is not a sponsored post.  All are opinions are entirely my own.

 

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