Reflections of the Past Year

Its been over a year since I’ve posted on my blog. I always seem to have issues keeping up with my blog. Recently, I’ve felt the desire to rekindle my blog, not necessarily for anyone else but myself. I think its important to have a creative outlet and blogging is a great way to do that. I originally started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends while I was in Germany on my Fulbright. Thinking of moving forward with blogging, I think I will keep the same name because life is all about adventures, no matter where you or what you’re doing. At least, that’s how I view life, so I’m keeping the name of the blog for now. My goal is to just reflect on life’s happenings and various subjects. I don’t want to force anything, I hope to see this just happen organically. I’m excited to see where this takes me. 

Just a quick review of the last year: 

  • My Dad, Uncle Rodney and Uncle Clarence came to visit me in Germany. It was a blast to have them visit and show them my life abroad. 
  • I fell in love with my school and was sad to end my time teaching there. IGS Ingelheim will always hold a special place in my heart. 
  • Had the best Eastern Europe Vacation: visited Bratislava and tried Couchsurfing for the first time (had the best host!); made my way to the Ukraine to visit one of my dear friends I met in Switzerland Magi, Ukraine was quite different from anywhere I’ve ever visited; Magi and I traveled to Budapest together and enjoyed exploring the city together; overall, I had such a blast because I was mostly traveling by myself and I had never done that before and it was quite eye opening. If you ever have the chance to travel alone….DO IT! 
  • Bonded with all my roommates in Ingelheim. Had one of the best situations you could ever imagine. I miss those wonderful people. 
  • My mom came to visit me and it was an amazing opportunity. I’m so blessed she was able to come visit me. it was a huge step for her because she had never been outside of North America. She was brave to fly by herself for 8 hours. 
  • Returning to the US was bittersweet. I was sad to leave all the wonderful people I had met in Germany, but I was ready to get started in the job search and start my career in higher education. 
  • Job searching is a full time job in of itself. Through a series of applications, phone interviews and campus interviews for various residence life positions, I was offered positions at two universities. I decided to take a leap of faith by accepting an on-campus living position at a small state school
  • While job searching, I was lucky to have two temporary jobs: bed maker at an outpatient surgery center and the Executive assistant for the VP of Academic Affairs at my alma mater. Both of the jobs gave me some valuable experience and allowed me to make some money while job searching. 
  • Moved and started my new job in November and it has been a whirlwind since then 
  • Adjusting to life in a new place and adjusting to life as a new professional can be difficult at times, but I’m learning a whole lot in the process. 
  • Met a guy and its been amazing. He’s a pretty special guy. (maybe more on that later) 
  • Will be starting Grad School for a Master’s in Counseling and can’t wait to be a student again. I know the road ahead will be tough because my job is pretty demanding. The majority of my classes will be online which is another huge adjustment for me. I’ve never taken an online course.

That’s just a brief overview of life over the course of the last year. I’m really happy right now and I don’t remember being this happy. I’m so blessed for lots of different reasons. I hope to explore that a bit more through this blog. Well that’s all for tonight, except for one final thought: 

GO SPURS GO!! 

A Liebster from my Liebsten

Several weeks ago in the midst of my spring traveling adventures, My two friends, Laura and Leigh Anne, nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I didn’t really know what that meant until I had caught up on reading their blogs too.  Actually, I was nominated a third time by a friend of Laura’s, which was a total surprise to me. I had no idea she was reading my blog.

So what’s this Liebster Award about?

Before reading about it, I had an idea that it was something positive because “Liebster” comes from a German word, lieb. Liebster is a form of the word that someone probably just decided to use.  It basically means “sweetest, lovely, kind, beloved, endearing, loving, much loved.” You get the idea…its all about sharing the love! The idea of the Liebster Award is simple: to give recognition to your favorite bloggers that have fewer than 200 followers while also getting to know a bit more about each other.

Nominated by: 

The Bright Side According to Laura, Musings from the LAW, and Cerebellum Chef. Danke schön an alle! 🙂 You should check out their blogs! Laura has been a dear friend of mine since my sophomore year in college when we worked together. She’s doing some amazing things in her life and I am proud to call her my friend. Leigh Anne was my resident my junior year and has also become a good friend. She’s about to graduate and I’m excited to see where life takes her. However, I’ve never actually met Sarah, but only heard about her through Laura.

Liebster rules…

Learning more about each other is the name of the game. Rules are as follows:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

11 Random Facts: 

  1. On my moms side of the family, I have about 33 first cousins. Sometimes, I meet new family members at weddings, funerals or family reunions.
  2. Candles are one of my favorite things. I love the light they bring to a dark room.
  3. Last August, I got a small heart shaped tattoo on my toe with one of my best friends.
  4. When I was about 14 years old, I had a small baking business to raise money for a trip that I never went on. I can bake a delicious carrot cake and pecan pie though!
  5. Dusk is my favorite time of day. I love being able to enjoy a good sunset. I am always amazed by the colors in the sky
  6. One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone calls and doesn’t leave a voicemail or send a text letting me know what they wanted.
  7. I love the water…lake, river, ocean, all of it. I think I want to live on some sort of water when I have a family.
  8. Recently, i discovered Amaretto with apple juice an it has become a favorite. My other favorite adult beverages: craft beer, German beer, Wine (Germans make some good wine too), Mexican Martinis.
  9. I currently have no idea what the next 6 months will look like and its a bit scary. There is a multitude of possibilities that are all exciting and all very different.
  10. No matter where I live, I will always be a Texan-girl at heart because I love all things Texas such as: Shiner Bock, bluebonnets, Whataburger, the Hill Country, floatin’ the river, BBQ, country music and the Lone Star flag.
  11. I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”

My 11 Liebster Nominations: 

  1. Live, Laugh, Lydia
  2. Christina Speaking Czech
  3. My three nominators….I am putting them on the same line because I want to nominate them too…but I also want to share the love with others! The Bright Side According to Laura, Musing from the LAW, Cerebellum Chef 
  4.  Karissa Simplifies
  5. Ifs and Butts
  6. Run Away Magi May
  7. The Spargos
  8. Kateri in Cambodia
  9. Whale You Be My Friend
  10. MKSandhu
  11. Mary Frances Abroad

Questions to Nominees 

  1. What’s something that motivates you in the morning?
  2.  When feeling down, what’s the one thing you do to help improve your mood?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  4. What’s your go-to beverage?
  5. On a rainy day, would you rather stay inside and read a book or go outside and play in the rain??
  6. Where do you find inspiration?
  7. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  8. What made you start blogging?
  9. What’s your favorite blog post (add a link too)?
  10. What’s your favorite word in English?? If you speak a foreign language, what’s your favorite word in that language and what does it mean??
  11. What is your favorite form of social media and why?

11 Questions posed by nominator: 

Since I was nominated three times, I decided to answer the questions for all three of them but put the answers at the end of the blog post. If you stop reading here, I totally understand! 🙂

Posed by Laura: 

  1. What is your favorite season? This is hard…I would say Spring. I love seeing the trees bloom and everything coming back to life. This is especially so in Germany because there is a real spring.
  2. Who was your first concert? I am not quite sure. When I was little, we went to dance halls quite often with my family. I don’t know if thats counts as a concert, but I’m sure I saw someone in concert at one point. I also remember seeing Destiny’s Child in concert at the San Antonio Rodeo on my birthday when I was 8 or 9.
  3. What is your go-to Karaoke song? Hmm… i haven’t been to karaoke in forever.
  4. What is your favorite quote and why? “To serve is to live” Frances Hesselbein because she is an inspiration to me and my generation. She has hope and believes my generation will change the world. Also, I admire her for all the work she has done in leadership. The quote is a great philosophy to have.
  5. What is your favorite blog post and give us the link to it? This is hard, but one of my recent posts might be my favorite because of the title: “Currywurst, Karl Marx Stadt and Goulash: A European Spring Break”
  6. Who or what inspires you? Nature usually inspires me, especially sunsets. Being around my friends and family also inspires me because of their support and love.
  7. What is one thing you cannot do without in the morning? My shower and some sort of breakfast
  8. When are you at your happiest? When the sun is shining and I feel as though I’m making a difference in the world.
  9. List three strengths and three weaknesses about yourself. Weaknesses: my sweet tooth; my current ability to speak English; doubting relationships in my life Strengths: pretty independent, i embrace change in several areas of my life; i love to try new things
  10. What is your all-time favorite song? Ohh…thats tough.My current song that I always go to is: Andy Grammar “Fine by Me”
  11. What are three blogs you read regularly? See my 11 nominations, those are mainly the blogs I read plus Bitch Beer and Lisa Lupo Photography

Posed by Musing from the LAW: 

  1. Why blog? I used to have a blog when I was an exchange student in Switzerland to keep up with family. I tried to start a blog again in college to write down my thoughts, but I was horrible at keeping up with it.  I’m also playing with the idea of keeping up with the blog even after Germany or creating a new blog of some sort.
  2. What’s with the title of your blog? In German, Abenteuer means adventure. I thought it would be perfect title for my blog while exploring and experiencing life in Germany.
  3. If you could get anyone in the world to read your blog who would it be? I have no idea. Maybe DJ Flula. He’s hilarious and he’s German. Here’s a video of him.
  4. What is your favorite font? My go to font is candara, but I don’t know if it’s my favorite.
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Hmm…tough question bc I would love to go anywhere. However, I’ve never been to Asia and would love to explore it and experience the culture.
  6. What is your most read blog post? “You Never Who You’ll Meet in the City”
  7. Which of your posts has the least amount of views? Quick Update and Frustrated
  8. What is your favorite song…or top 5? Icono Pop “I Love It” ; Andy Grammar “Fine By Me”; Amos Lee “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight”; Eric Hutchinson “Rock ‘n’ Roll”; Eli Young Band “Even If Breaks Your Heart” *sorry if the links are to odd videos, there are strict copyright laws in Germany and its harder for me to find and watch original videos*
  9.  Should cheese go on top of the meat of a burger or under it? On top, duh! If you have onions or mushrooms, the cheese should go on top of those too.
  10. What is your favorite book? The Hunger Games Trilogy I’m going to attempt to read them in German now too.
  11. Where is the best place to get ice cream? Gelato in Italy is by the best thing ever. It’s cheap and tasty!

Posed by Cerebellum Chef: 

  1. What is your favorite book? The Hunger Games Trilogy I’m going to attempt to read them in German now too.
  2. Which food to you run to when the world seems like it’s crumbling around you? In Germany, anything with Nutella or a Ritter Sport chocolate bar.
  3. Who is your favorite artist and why? This is hard. I like Amos Lee and Andy Grammar. I love the sounds of their voices, they’re just so easy to listen to at any time.
  4. What is the one thing you can’t go a single day without? I have no idea. I feel like I could give up almost anything in my life if need be, it wouldn’t be easy necessarily but I could do it.
  5. What one person has been the most fit-fluential for you? Hands down, my mother. Even though she always bugs me about working out, I know she means well. I admire her because she still “runs” even though she has had a total knee replacement.
  6. Where do you feel most at peace? Surrounded by the people that I love; the Texas Hill Country, or watching the sunset.
  7. What one act of kindness do you strive to perform each day? Smile at someone. I believe a smile can go along way and mean a lot to someone. Although, I sometimes have to be careful in Germany because people aren’t nearly as friendly as Americans (this is a VERY general statement. What I mean is that most Germans don’t do small talk of any sort with strangers in public or at least its rather rare)
  8. How do you like your coffee? My favorite coffee drink is a latte macchiato.  However, normal coffee must have cream and a bit of sugar.
  9. If you had to choose the way in which you’d leave this earth, how would you go? Peacefully in my sleep or bravely standing up for what I believe in.
  10. What are three of your quirks? I have to wash my hair almost every day; I prefer to eat M&Ms in even numbered amounts;
  11. Name your three greatest accomplishments and three greatest failures.   Accomplishments: Graduating University; Receiving the Fulbright Award; Spending a year in Switzerland at 18.

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Monday Afternoon

Monday Afternoon

  Spending the afternoon writing some postcards to family and friends! If you would like one, please e-mail me your address and I’d be happy to send you one! 🙂 sending love to all my friends and family!! 🙂

Weihnachten in der Schweiz

Since I wasn’t able to fly back to the States to spend Christmas with my family, I decided to spend Christmas in Switzerland with my “family”. For me, i feel as though my friends and host families there are actual family. They mean so much to me and have played an important role in my life. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend another Christmas in Switzerland.

In attempt to save money, I decided to use a car sharing website that a friend told me about. It’s like a formal way of hitchhiking. You create an account and you can look up if someone is driving to or near the city of your choice. At first, I was a bit hesitant to try it. But then I thought…when in Europe…why not!? I ended up finding someone that was driving from Frankfurt directly to Burgdorf, which is exactly where I wanted to go. Not only that, buy it only cost 25€ for the whole journey which it would have cost twice as much with the train. All in all, it was a great experience. The driver and his wife were really nice plus they drove a fancy BMW which made for a comfortable car ride. I never felt afraid or anything. I didn’t have to worry about anything, so I was just able to read and sleep. It was rather pleasant. I think it was a great experience and plan to do it again for future trips!

When I arrived, it was snowing and quite magical. I stayed with my friend Debi and her family, who showed me such wonderful hospitality. They are amazing people and I’m glad I’ve gotten to know them. Even though I never lived with them or anything, they’re always willing to host me. While I was at Debi’s, I ate lots of delicious food and enjoyed some good fellowship. I made chocolate chip cookies as gifts for my families as well as Debi’s family. They were a huge success. On my last night at Debi’s, she surprised me by having a Tex Mex dinner! It was so wonderful!!

On the 23rd, I went to stay with my first host family. They celebrate Christmas on the 24th  with a delicious meal, singing and presents. I really like the way they do presents. You only buy a present for someone if you find the perfect gift for them. My host mom had a present for me but I wasn’t allowed to open it until the next day when my host siblings girlfriend and husband were there too. The whole evening was wonderful and I even went to the midnight church service in the town church.

On Christmas Day, we went to my host mom’s sister house. For lunch, we had raclette which is one of my favorite meals. It’s so much and delicious. After lunch, I was finally allowed to open my present. My step mom had made me pajama pants with cute little frogs on them! I really liked them. My siblings and their partners received matching pjs with hearts on the butts. They were adorable. I’m thankful that I was able to spend time with my wonderful host family for Christmas.

On the 27th, I rode the train to see my third host family, who moved to Neuchatel 3 years ago. I had yet to visit this family, so I was excited to see them. After a few mishaps, I finally made it to their new home, which has one of the best views of Lake Neuchatel. Anyways, I spent a couple of days with this family. It was almost as if nothing had changed. There was so much going with so many different people coming and going. It reminded me of my time with them. I really enjoyed spending time with them, especially my little host sister, Aurelie.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take very many pictures from Switzerland, but here are a few from my time there:

Meeting up with an old friend and making a new friend!

Meeting up with an old friend and making a new friend!

Playing Eile mit Weile with my host mom!

Playing Eile mit Weile with my host mom!

My host mom makes the best Christmas cookies! She usually makes around 12 different kinds!

My host mom makes the best Christmas cookies! She usually makes around 12 different kinds!

The amazing view at my third host family's house.

The amazing view at my third host family’s house.

The amazing sunset on the way back to Germany.

The amazing sunset on the way back to Germany.

My Blog in 2012

Word Press created this for me and I thought it was cool. Thought I would share it too!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Mainzer Oktoberfest

Once the other ETAs in Mainz learned that there would be an Oktoberfest in Mainz, we all decided that we would have to take part in the festivities. Mainz isn’t known for the greatest or biggest Oktoberfest in all of Germany, however we still thought it would be fun to check it out! Overall, it was a blast! Not nearly as big or crowded as the Oktoberfest in Munich. It still had some of its own charm! I danced a lot more at this one and sang a lot more too! There was only one tent for the whole event! I think the most surprising part was the dancing of the YMCA….so entertaining to watch Germans dance to the YMCA! Anyways, this will be a rather short post because I think pictures can tell a better story:

First beer of the day!

The Whole Tent at Oktoberfest

Myself, Austin and Katherine

Germans dancing to the YMCA

Mainzer Bier!

Dancing the night away!

 

Carrying so many beers!

 

Herbstferien

Herbstferien means Fall Holiday. The one thing I’ve discovered is that Germans LOVE their holiday/vacation. I had two weeks off from school after only working for two weeks. Fall break was from Oct 1-Oct 14. So again, I’ve been slacking on the posts. I think I will try some sort of bullet system to make it easier and I will try not to add too many details:

Friday 28 Sept: attended a fellow teacher’s birthday party and went to the movies with another teacher. We saw “Speed”, which is a German documentary film about trying to find lost time. It was basically about how Germans are so connected to technology and that they have become so busy with our lives that it seems time has been lost. It was a great film. After the film, we went to a pub for a drink and I tried Spundekäse which is a specialty of Mainz.  It was delicious!

Saturday  29 Sept: went on an adventure to Ikea with my fellow ETA friend Austin. We needed some basic things for our apartment, so Ikea was naturally the best option! It was quite the adventure trying to get there!  There was some confusion with the bus, so we decided to just start walking in the direction where we had seen Ikea and it worked out. There were some other foreigners following us, they took a risk doing that! They were lucky though.

Adventure to Ikea with Austin

That night, we decided to head to the Ingelheim Rotweinfest aka the Red Wine Festival. Ingelheim is known as the Red Wine City, so going to the festival was a must! We had lots of fun and I saw several of my students there too!

The Red Wine City welcomes its guests!

Naturally, we had to enjoy a nutella crepe!

Sunday 30 Sept

My friend Maelia spent the night with me on Saturday night because she didn’t have a place to stay and her apartment wasn’t ready yet. On sunday, we slept in a little and then had some pastries for breakfast. Later in the afternoon, we returned to the red wine festival again with Heidi, Katherine and Austin. Of course, we ate more delicious festival food!!

Such a gorgeous day for enjoying red wine!

Monday 1 October: I decided that laundry needed to be done, otherwise I was going to run out of socks and underwear! So I did my first load of laundry. It wasn’t too bad! I just don’t have a dryer! So sometimes, it feels like I end up doing laundry twice. I have to hang up everything and then fold everything and my jeans don’t always shrink like they do when you put them in the dryer.

A glimpse of what laundry day looks like at my apartment!

Tuesday 2 October: hung out with some other ETAs at Austin’s place. His roommate and her friend joined us too! We attempted to go out, but it didn’t work out so well! I really am enjoying the people that are in my life here. I’m truly blessed to be around so many great people!

The next couple of days consisted of some laziness: lots of sleeping, reading and watching movies online. It was good to just be able to relax and not have too much to worry about! I think at one point, I also had a nail painting party with Heidi, which was wonderful! Over the whole break, I went running a couple of times…which is HUGE! Normally, I hate running, but the weather was nice and it gave me something to do with my time.

Saturday 6 October: Austin and I went to Wiesbaden to hang out with Heidi. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed some delicious sangria. I decided to spend the night because I didn’t have anything better to do. We just relaxed and chatted to all hours of the night of course! 🙂

One of the Churches in Wiesbaden

Delicious dinner at Heidi’s place

The second week of break wasn’t very exciting either. I was hoping I would get paid at some point, but that didn’t happen. A lot of lounging and just walking around the city happened. I also tried to get my acceptance in the University figured out because I needed the Semester ticket, which allows me to take public transport, but that wasn’t able to happen till after break!

Tuesday 9 October: went to the local brewery in Mainz, the Eisgrub-Bräu. Its actually the only brewery in Mainz. They are known for the tower of beer they serve. So naturally, we ordered a tower of beer. It was quite enjoyable!

Austin and Allen with the tower of beer!

Thursday 11 October: I had my first meeting with the Immigration Office. Luckily, everything went well and didn’t have much trouble. I also managed to do it all in German too! I feel like its always an accomplishment when Germans continue using German, even though they can tell I’m not a native speaker.

Saturday 13 October: Traveled to Wassenburg, near the Dutch border to visit Martin, a guy who studied abroad at St. Edward’s in 2010. He invited me to a watch party for the Red River Rivalry Game. It was so much fun and really felt as if I had escaped to Texas for the evening! There were all kinds of American style foods! Overall, it was a good atmosphere, even though Texas lost.

The whole group…sadly Texas fans were outnumbered!

Reunited with Martin!

Sunday October 14: Martin was nice enough to let me stay at his house for the night. It was really cool to see where he grew up, which was on a farm! I think it’s soo cool! We had lunch with his family on Sunday. It was wonderful to have a home-cooked meal. His family was so nice! We also decided to head to the Netherlands for the day to explore! I had not expected to be traveling to another country and didn’t have my passport with me, but it wasn’t a problem. They don’t really have check points because of the EU. It was weird to be in another country for a day. Overall, it was great seeing Martin and his hometown. Plus, we got to catch up about everything since he had left SEU.

Roermond, Netherlands

My visit to Amsterdam was the best way to end my fall break. On the monday, I ended up not being able to go to school because I had to register with the University. However, that was worth it because I could finally take public transportation! Made my life so much easier!

Adventures in Munich

Since I’m feeling much more inspired to write, I am now catching up on some of the major events of the last couple of weeks. First up: Munich Adventures and Oktoberfest!

Originally, I was supposed to join Catherine in Salzburg on Thursday evening and go to Eagle’s Nest with them on Friday. However, my mentor teacher scheduled a meeting at school for Friday afternoon, so my plans fell through and I decided to just meet Catherine and Sholanda in Munich on Friday evening.

After my meeting on Friday, I packed up all my things and headed to Munich on the train. I had to change in trains in Mannheim and was lucky enough to get a seat by a window for the 3 hour train ride. For some reason, there was another train that had technical difficulties, so they piled everyone into our train. The train was jam-packed with people. I’ve never seen so many people in one train. I was so thankful that I was able to sit down. After a 20 minutes delay, I finally arrived in Munich and it took me awhile to find the Starbucks aka our meeting place.

We dropped my stuff off at the hotel since it was close to the train station, it was literally across the street!! It was such a nice hotel. I’m super thankful that I was able to stay with Catherine and Sholanda.  We decided to have some German food for dinner and we ended up at the Augstiner Restaurant. It’s also one of the main breweries in Munich, so naturally I had a mass aka a liter of beer with dinner. Why not live it up? haha

A mass of beer is the best way to start a weekend in Munich!

Cheers!

On saturday, we slept in a little bit. We decided to do a little bit of exploring in the city. We visited the BMW World and Museum. Catherine really wanted to tour the factory, but they didn’t have tours on the weekend. I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but it was really cool to tour the museum and see the history behind BMW and the impact it has had on Germany. The museum was very cool because it was built in a neat way and basically took you on a tour through history as you walked through it. The weather was kind of crappy, so it was perfect museum weather. The Olympic Park was also close the BMW museum, so we got to see that too. Afterwards, we went to the English Gardens/the Chinese Tower. It was quite an adventure to find it. We ate some delicious german food and enjoyed a beer while there was some folk music playing. Overall, the afternoon was lovely, despite the disgusting weather.

The BMW offices and museum are in the shape of a 4 cylinder engine!

The place where you pick up your custom BMW straight from the factory!

A timeline of BMW Models

A view of the Olympic Park and the dreary weather

After our adventure in the city, we decided to go to Oktoberfest and explore the festival grounds. It was cool to see all the tents and the rides. Catherine and I decided to ride the Tower of Terror, which is like the Scream at Fiesta Texas. However, it was 10x better than the Scream. It was definelty worth the 6 euros we paid for it!

At the entrance of the festival

Sunday was the day we truly experience Oktoberfest! Luckily, another ETA in Germany had some extra tickets for the Hippodrom tent and I was able to snag four of the tickets. My friend, Heidi, joined us on sunday morning. Normally, it is really hard to get tickets for the tents. You have to plan months in advance!. We each paid 35 euro for the reservation and it included the table as well as a appetizer, main meal and an after dinner schnapps. We had to pay for our own beer though. Before we headed to the festival, we were able to watch a little bit of the parade. We finally arrived at the tent and were able to get inside. It took us a while to find our table, but we finally found it and it was perfect! Inside the tent, it was very festive and loud! We ordered a mass each and then enjoyed the appetizer of different cheeses, breads, cold cut and some other surprises. The main course consisted of chicken, pork, potato salad and some other things. Overall, everything was delicious! It wasn’t your typical festival food either! I managed to drink 2 whole masses, plus eat a ton of food. At the end, we had the schnapps, but most of us could only manage a tiny sip. It was very strong schnapps!

Inside the Hippodrom Tent

My first mass at Oktoberfest. I also ended up buying the glass!

Cheers to my favorite cousin!

Trying to fit in!

Overall, the trip to Munich was a blast! I’m so thankful to my cousin Catherine for being so generous! It was her graduation gift to me and it was so worth it! After the festival, Catherine came back to Mainz with me to see my apartment. Unfortunately, I had to work on Monday so Catherine just stayed home because the weather was gross and I knew she would be back. On Monday afternoon, the weather cleared a little bit so we did some sight seeing in Mainz. We managed to see all the major churches in Mainz, but the Gutenberg museum was closed. That night we made dinner together. Sadly, she had to head to the hotel in Frankfurt because she had an early flight the next day. It was sad to see her go, but I’m glad that she was able to spend some time in Germany and I can’t wait for her to come back again!

Finding Inspiration

I know my blog hasn’t been updated in about a week. I’m sorry for that. I’ve been uninspired because of a rut that I’ve been in the past week or so. One of the things, I’ve committed to this blog is that I would be honest and open, even if it wasn’t pretty. So here’s to me being a little vulnerable.

I wouldn’t say that I’ve been depressed, but I’ve been struggling a little bit these past few days. I’ve had Fall Break from school, which sounds wonderful! We had a full two weeks of no school!! Break started off wonderful with a birthday party and the movies. I want to dedicate a full post to my holiday adventures because it was mostly positive. I didn’t make any plans to travel because I hadn’t been paid yet, and didn’t want to be in bind. So for most of break, I didn’t do very much. I just stayed in Mainz and hung around my apartment or walked around the city. One day, I managed to go for a run because it wasn’t actually cold. Overall, it wasn’t exactly the most exciting break. I could feel myself becoming down and more worried about money, because I still hadn’t been paid by the second week. Plus I was getting even lower on money, so I had to ask my parents for money, which I HATE doing. Luckily, both were willing to help me in the bind.

With their help, I was able to take a short trip on the last weekend to visit a friend. It cost me about 40 Euro for the train ride, but it was completely worth it! I really needed a chance to get away from my apartment. After this past weekend, I feel refreshed and reinspired to write more on the blog. I don’t think I will necessarily re-write everything. I know I still owe an Oktoberfest update, so that will happen this week. Plus, I do want to talk about the good things that happened during break because there were some highlights!

Well, I need to do some work for school tomorrow, but I will be writing some updates this week. Promise!