2016 in review

My 2016 started with ending one travel assignment and starting a new one in Dallas, Texas. 

This assignment was great because I was able to do it with my bestie. The work was hard but we got through it together. On our days off we were able to travel around Texas. Here are a few pictures…


The first photo is of Austin. The art and the food. Amazing!! The second is of the stock yards in Fort Worth. We saw a rodeo , had Mexican food and bought cowgirl hats. The last picture is of San Antonio’s river walk. We also saw The Alamo while we were there. All of these places are must see places. 

The biggest thing that happened this year is moving overseas to Germany.  Whoa!!! Quite a change from living in the US my whole life. Also we have been to Europe before but never to live. I have to say we are still adjusting but it’s getting better. I’m currently in German classes. It’s hard but totally worth it. Germany is also great because of the location. We border so many countries. 


So far we have visited Switzerland, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, France, and of course local towns near us. 

Hohenzollern Castle


My first of many beers here.

More photos..

Tubingen 


Rothenberg ob der tauber


Amsterdam 


Prague 


Frankfurt 


Stuttgart- New Year’s Eve Eve


Can’t wait to see what this year has in store. What plans do everyone have 2017??

Photos taken by me and edited with Phonto.

5 things I didn’t know before moving to Germany

Photo credit: my daughter of a local trail.

What a awesome experience it has been to move and live in Germany. Back story: We moved in June from Virginia. We lived in Virginia for 19 years. So when my husband got a job opportunity to move, I was excited and scared. But living in Europe is on our bucket list.  So we jumped. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the past month in a half.

1. No air conditioners. So our house doesn’t have air conditioning. It really hadn’t been too bad(coming from a person that would turn in the air as soon as it turned 70 degrees😅). It’s not as humid here. Plus there is not too many days that go above 80 degrees.

2. Rouladens. Who needs a shade or darkening curtains, when you have metal shades on every window. Also they help cool rooms down. Another added bonus is  the shades make it very easy to sleep in.

3. The food is fresher and I like it. The whole chickens look normal in size. Vegetables are tasty. I don’t even mind going to the store more often to replenish.

4. Recycling. We recycled in my old neighborhood but here it’s serious. We recycle just about everything and there is a lot more sorting involved. I got the sorting down to a science now. I actually feel good about it.

5. Bikes and trails are all over. So are the bike riders and joggers. They are inspiring me to get healthier. I want a bike with a basket. Goals. There are also so much greenery here. It’s not overly built up which makes it beautiful.  

Has anyone else had a big move? Tell me about it….