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Making Peace With Seasons

Growing up in both tropical and desert climates, I longed for white Christmases and real autumn foliage.  The idea of bundling up and watching leaves blow around just sounded so cozy.  When I moved to Portland, I was ecstatic during the first  fall season.  It was gorgeous, exhilarating, and certainly cozy.  But then a “real” […]

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Daytrip to Regensburg

It’s been a while since we have gotten out just to explore a new city besides our own.  OK, that’s not true.  Jeff and I went to Regensburg two weeks ago on a daytime date while Amelia was in school.  But that doesn’t really count for two reasons: 1. We wasted most of our time […]

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An Autumn Walk in Amberg

When you don’t make any plans on a gorgeous day… … you might as well just get everyone dressed and out the door. We planned to wander around a little and just see what happened. First, there was music! Baby squashes and tiny flowering plants. Then we really got things going when we decided to […]

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To Flohmarkt, To Flohmarkt…

To Flohmarkt, To Flohmarkt… To buy a fat… Wild boar’s head! There were so many cool and fascinating objects at the flea market today… Here are just a few photos of our trip. The one thing on our actual shopping list: a moka pot!Aw, it’s a pile of little leather shorts!Makes me wish I had […]

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A-Marketing We Go…

I decided to bring my camera along with me this morning to the open market. I am definitely living out my ideal grocery shopping scenario. We have a tiny fridge– think of a big dorm-sized one– so I can’t keep many perishables on hand. We have one rack in the pantry where I keep coconut […]

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Expats– A Day in the Life

Here’s an old post. It makes me even more glad to be done with that phase of the transition! I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that it would indeed get much, much better! ************ July 26th We are finally in our apartment! We had a grueling day on Saturday trying […]

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Settling Into Life in Germany

In the in-betweens… So there are plenty of big events, like going to Munich, starting school, flohmarkt-shopping, etc. But what about all of the spaces in between? Amelia is at school for much of the day, Jeff is gone before I wake up and back around dinner. I have zero social engagements, and ride in […]

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Snippets of Our German Home

I really do want to take you on a complete tour of our home, I promise, but it’s kind of a wreck. You wouldn’t enjoy it. There is no furniture, our living room is just our recycling center with piles of cardboard and bubble wrap. But we do have some cute corners and consistently-tidy areas. […]

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The Joy of a German Flea Market

This weekend I died and went to Flea Market Heaven. I am lucky enough to have already made a friend here. She is an older woman named Indgrid, and we got connected with her during the first week we arrived in Amberg. There was a woman staying in our hotel who spoke English, and through […]

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Munich

Yes, I am rather backlogged on things I want to share with you. First, we’ll talk about Munich.Three weekends ago, we planned a rather last-minute trip to Munich. We found a European version of Hotwire and locked in a great price on a “top secret” hotel near the English Garden. It turned out to be […]

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