Posts in Expat Life
Time

I am currently somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s sunny outside and the clouds make me crave cotton candy (maybe it’s just my prego hormones?). Rickey is sitting next to me watching a movie. Ay, I see Gerald Butler is in it. If there is one actor I really like, it’s him.

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The Long Way Home, Germany

I flew out a week earlier than Rickey, May 31st, to spend some quality time with my family in the German countryside. The last time we saw them was back in November. I was excited to go back, especially during the summer, and just enjoy some quiet time at home. Surrounded by blooming flowers, twittering birds, and mom and granny's food. 

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Christmas Cheer (Under Palm Trees)

This is my third Christmas in the U.S. (crazy, but true) and each year, I have managed to get in the Christmas spirit a little more. I used to struggle because it’s, first off, not really cold here and, secondly, I am surrounded by palm trees. It just isn’t my ideal, romantic vision of Christmas. But you know what? I have learned that you can create the holiday spirit for yourself, no matter where you are. 

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Two Years Stateside: 6 Things That Changed & That I Do Now

Last Saturday marked my two-year anniversary here in San Diego. Mind-boggling. At this point I am more leaning toward “Wow, it’s only been two years; so much has happened in such a short period of time.” I have gone through a real transformation, mostly internal, and I wanted to reflect a little more upon what exactly has changed for me, or rather how I have changed, in the past two years. 

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Roots’n Family in Germany // Home & Life in California

As I am writing this, I am sitting on the plane - this time back to California. It seems like yesterday that Rickey and I were sitting in almost the exact same spot on the Air New Zealand plane (we even have the same crew) on our way to Germany. At this point I have to say that my first experience with Air NZ was great. I can only recommend flying with them. But that’s beyond the point here.

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A Matter of Chance or Preparation?

You know, it’s funny and so darn scary at the same time when you think that someone who has never met you before has the power to judge your relationship and ultimately decide over your future. You wonder: How much will I have to prepare to prove that we have chosen a life together? Or will too much preparation come off weird, because why would you need to prepare for something that simply requires authenticity and a whole lot of love?

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Grocery Shopping Stateside 

Quite a few things are different here in the US, as opposed to Germany - a lot of them to the better, in my opinion. It’s the land of opportunity and this certainly applies to grocery stores and the shopping experience. Haha. Sometimes, it’s, even after almost 2 years, a little overwhelming for me when I am heading to a big store to actually, well, just get a few things.

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Eating Out in the U.S.

I present to you: my attractive husband. Right? I think so. Well, I better. This picture is just too good. I took it in San Francisco back in January. His name is Rickey and he likes to eat - burgers (what a true (cliché) American, haha). But granted, you gotta get all the carbs in when you work your butt off at CrossFit at least four times a week.

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All the Differences (U.S. vs Germany)

Today is June 30. It might be a special day to some of you people out there, or maybe just a day, a Friday, like any other. To me, it’s a day that gets me thinking. Today could have been my last day on U.S. soil. If…if life wasn’t such a wonderful thing throwing surprises at all of us - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolutely mind-blowingly awesome ones. 

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Life Is Unpredictable

The title of this post says it all: Life is unpredictable. Nothing new, I believe, but it has thrown me off pretty badly since, well, yesterday. I am always one to happily ramble about how wonderful life here on the west coast is, sharing snaps from day trips and longer travels, and letting you know just how grateful I am for this life I am living. 

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