Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
1. I work 40 hours a week (yes, I know most people do, but I'm just getting used to it)
2. I travel out of the country every weekend (I bet you don't do that, now do ya?)
3. I spend way too much time on facebook (um, ya, no comment)
4. I spend any extra minute in my day trying to get a run in, which is hard enough.
Enough excuses for now. Snow has arrived in Germany. We heard many rumors over the weekend in Barcelona that it has been snowing like crazy while we were gone. I found it hard to believe, even harder when I arrived home and saw, well no snow. Apparently it had melted, sure. But, sure enough the next morning when I left the house at the god awful hour of 06:00 (I switched to the morning shift, at least I get off by 15:00 now) the ground was COVERED in snow. At first it was super magical and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside but then reality set it, I almost slipped and died and it was no where near warm, more in the neighborhood of 15 degrees. Did I mention I have to walk to work? Yes, in the snow. But don't worry it's only up hill one way.
Rewinding a little bit, Thanksgiving in Barcelona was absolutely amazing. I couldn't say one of the best because I had to spend it sans my family. I missed them dearly and can't wait to make up for it during Christmas. On the menu for Thanksgiving dinner was tapas, paella, and cheap luke warm wine. Not exactly the best food, but the location made up for it. Everything about Barcelona is fabulous. They take siesta's (naps) daily, party till 6 in the morning, the weather is gorgeous (it was sunny and in the high 50's when we were there) and everything you see looks like something out of a fairy tale. One of my favorite things we saw in Bcn was the magic fountain show. It's kinda like the Bellagio water show is Vegas but way better. They even played "my heart will go on" during one of the shows. I'm pretty sure I cried a little. Our hostel was great, no one got mugged and we got to stay 3 full days compared to our normal 24 hours.
I only have 16 more days left in Europe. Ridiculous. On the itinerary for the next few weeks, homework, lets be serious though, not, Christmas market in Frankfurt, possibly Belgium depending on the weather and that pretty much brings me to December 18th where I will have to endure another 24 hours or so traveling across the Atlantic, yay me.
One last thing, I would like to request that everyone does a little snow dance for me so that it snows ridiculous amounts and the CDC will have to close. I need atleast 1 snow day in my life, we didn't get to experience those in California. Poor us, I know.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween! I realize I am ridiculously behind. And I really have no good excuse why, just that I’ve been putting it off. I am going to try to keep this short and not turn this into a novel. We’ll see how that goes though, I don’t want to bore anyone.
So the weekend after Paris we took a road trip to Prague October 9th-11th since we had a 3 day weekend. We ended up just renting a car instead of the train because the train would have taken ridiculously long and it was only about a 5 hour drive. On the way we also stopped in the city of Dresden in Germany which was actually really cool. Prague was amazing though such an amazing city. The first night we got there we got lost for a few hours and couldn’t find our hostel or anywhere to park, it worked out fine though. Our hostel was great though, it was right in the middle of the main area of town. They also had a free breakfast of cereal, orange juice, coffee and ham sandwiches. Europeans are weird about breakfast. We also had to take out money once we got to Prague since the Czech republic doesn’t use the Euro, they use the Koruna (pronounced Crown). I US dollar is about 18 koruna’s. It was weird paying for things because it was ridiculously high numbers but things were actually pretty cheap. While we were there we took a free walking tour and we actually got a really good tour guide and enjoyed the tour. We saw all the main sights in Prague, did some shopping and went on a pretty fun pub crawl on Sunday night.
The following 2 weekends and this weekend we have stayed home. The week before we went to Prague Liz and I met some guys that live right across the way from us and we have become friend with them and have been hanging out with them alot. They are really nice and it’s nice to have friends out here. They have also been taking us to the commissary which is absolutely amazing since I have missed so many American food and food in general that is labeled in English. We’ve been going out with them to K-town which is fun and it’s about 30 min away. It’s nice just to sleep in too and actually get to relax on the weekends. Anyways, the guys are here working at the deployment transition center and are leaving around the same time as us. Except for 3 guys, they left this week unexpectedly. I am very sad about this, I didn’t want them to go home to the states already!
Speaking of going back to the states, I am already halfway through my time here. I only have 7 weeks left and I know time is going to fly by. I’m not really homesick, but I know I will be ready to go when December comes. I am very excited for November because we will be back to traveling and we still have so much to see!
Pub in K-town. Getting ready to go to Nach Schict, a club in K-town
Hostel in Prague. Halloween in Germany, going to Nach Schict!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
So this is one week behind, but I promise I will catch up this week! The end is a little vague since I couldn’t remember everything we did.
This past weekend we made a first weekend long trip to Paris! I had an absolutely amazing time, Paris is so beautiful! We took a ICE, fast train there and got to Paris around 10am on Saturday. We were greeted by Liz’s cousin Megan who happened to be vacationing in Paris at the time. Megan helped us buy Metro Paris and helped us find our Hostel. We dropped off our backpacks and went off to sight see for the day. We saw Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, Hotel de Ville, the Shakespeare bookstore, the Saint Michel fountain and walked down the famous shopping street Champs-Elysees. By that time we were exhausted so we went back to our hostel to rest for a few min and freshen up. Ashley Liz and I went to meet Megan for drinks and dinner while the other girls did more sight seeing. We to the Creperie des Arts for dinner, it was really good. We had both dinner and dessert crepes. I liked the dessert crepes a lot more but my dinner one was good as well. We also had some nice French wine. Megan was nice enough to pay and even show us to some cool bars. We found some fun places but no one was too nice. We walked around to bars for a while and finally made it to the metro around 2am we made one train, which was so packed but unfortunately we missed the last train of the night that went to our hostel. We walked around for a little bit but finally decided to just take a taxi. We made it home around 3 and passed out in our not so comfy bunk beds.
Sunday we woke up early enjoyed the free “breakfast” at our hostel. Which consisted of a roll and butter, coffee and orange juice. Not too excited. We visited the catacombs, which was super creepy. Pretty much just tons and tons of real human bones stacked 20 meters under the ground. Next we we went to the Eiffel tower which was amazing because the weather was PERFECT. We walked up the stairs which was way better than taking the elevator. We couldn’t go up to the very top though because of congestion but we weren’t too disappointed. Next we went to the Louve , but just to the outside, it was still really cool though. We did a little more sight seeing and napped at a park and then we had to make it back to the train station.
Overall it was such a fun weekend! We got really good at taking the metro and weather ended up being perfect. I was so scared it was going to pour the whole time and be miserable. I just felt like we had so much to see in such a short time and all we did was go go go. Not so fun. I definitely like to relax and not be rushed.
Next up, PRAGUE. Which was even better than Paris!!
I have SO many pictures, here are just a few. The rest are on facebook!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It’s hard to believe I’m already in my third week here in Germany. This past weekend we went to Munich for the day since all the hotels were either super expensive or booked because of Oktoberfest. We got there around 11am and headed straight to Oktoberfest even though it was pouring. It was quite a fun and eventful day! Email me if you want the long version. I don’t have time to write it all now sine I’m on my lunch break. But it was crazy and I am so glad we went! We took a train home around 2 am which was AWFUL since it took 9 hours (the way there it only took 4) and we had 5 transfers. We arrived back to base around 11:30 am Sunday morning, very haggard and very tired. I slept all day, woke up ate dinner then went back to sleep.
Work has been good. I am in a single ratio room so I am usually by self with the kids which has it’s ups and down. Sometimes it would be nice to have another teacher to talk to or help. My kids are pretty well behaved though. Tomorrow we are going on a field trip to the pumpkin patch!
This coming weekend we are going to… PARIS. I couldn’t be more excited. The forecast says it is supposed to rain but I am really hoping that it doesn’t because that would be terrible! I am excited to stay in our first hostel too, we are staying at the Aloha Hostel. We are only able to go for 2 days so hopefully we can fit everything in that time. I’ll take lots and lots of pictures.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We survived our first week of work! I found out that I will be working in one of the pre-school rooms. I met the kids on Friday, but the lead teacher was out sick so I didn’t get to meet him. There are only 9 kids so it doesn’t seem like it going to be too crazy! This week we also made it to the gym which is really nice, it’s about a mile and a half away though. The first day we walked and the second we decided to ride bikes. After work on Friday we went with one of the girls Ashley to her friends house for a birthday party. It ended up being really fun and it was cool to see what German houses look like. On our way back we got stopped for a random check at the base gate where we show our ID’s. They made us all get out of the car and they searched our whole car including the hood and also let a drug dog smell around the whole car. Ashley who was driving had to show one of the guys all our documents and Liz and stood on the curb freezing talking to one of the soldiers who was from Georgia. After we decided to see what the bars on base look like but they looked like they were closed. It was really weird since it was only around midnight.
For our first trip in Germany Liz and I headed to Heidelberg yesterday. We had no clue how the train system but we ended up not having any problems. We bought tickets from the automated machine and we were on our way. Once we arrived in Heidelberg we took a bus to Old Town Heidelberg and walked around all the shops and restaurants. It was so cute and pretty! All the streets were cobblestone and they were so many cool things to look out. We saw about 5 brides too, I guess here after they get married they hang out in the city square to drink champagne and celebrate. Kind of weird. After exploring for a little bit Liz and I decided we had to get Doner Kebabs for lunch. They were so good and filling! After we walked up the 350 stairs (we opted out of paying for a tram)to the castle in Heidelberg. It was really pretty, nothing like I had ever seen before. We walked around, took lots of pictures and then headed back down into town. We went to a cute little bar later that had a tree inside and had a few beers. It was about 7 and we had been in Heidelberg for around 8 hours so we decided to head home. On the train back we met a really cute and nice local boy and he even gave us his number and invited us to his hometown in Germany and said he would show us around and what not. I am sure I am leaving lots out but I don’t want this to turn into an essay. All of the roommates are going to a huge wine festival today which should be fun!
And here are pictures from yesterday
Monday, September 13, 2010
After all the waiting and excitement, I am FINALLY in Germany. It basically took FOREVER to get here. But definitely worth it. Liz and I got to SFO around 2ish on Saturday, no problems. We met 2 of the other camp a girls at the airport Ashley and Katie. Liz and actually ended up being randomly seated by Ashley which was cool since we could talk especially since the movie system wasn’t working on the plane for the first like 5 hours! The plane ride was long, we had dinner, some Spanish wine, finally got to watch a few movies and then we had breakfast even though is was about 2am CA time and none of us could sleep at all.
Then we had our 6 hour layover in London which is a huge airport with tons of stores like Gucci, Prada, and Tiffany. It was really weird. We pretty much just laid on the chairs and tried to sleep while we were there.
Then we had a short 1 and a half hour flight to Frankfurt which was fine. After our flight we couldn’t find one of the other camp a girls and we didn’t up leaving the airport till like 9:30pm even though our flight got in at 7:20. Once we got outside it was pouring and dark. Then we had to pick up our PC’s rental car and get gas. It seemed like we were never going to get to base. We finally got to base around 11:30 we met our Point of Contact who showed us our apartments and told us she would meet us at 9am the next day. Our apartment is pretty nice we have tons of things and appliances and a washer and dryer. Liz and are sharing a room, our bed sheets are pretty gross though so we’re thinking we will have to go buy some new ones. Here are some pictures from the trip and at the airport.
Today we got our base id’s and then went to the German grocery store which was quite the adventure. It was really hard to figure out what certain things were and how many calories and fat were in things. Hopefully grocery shopping will get easier as we go along. I’m really hoping though someone at work will offer to take us to the commissary on base which is way cheaper and it is mostly American food. We start training tomorrow so hopefully that goes well! Miss everyone and can’t wait for the adventures to come.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Liz and I with half dome in the background