Lately life has been the teensiest crazy with school, work, home life, and exploration.  Finals week is {finally} over — now I just have this tiny thing called a thesis left to write….  I’ve been working extra long hours this week to prepare for my family coming in on Thursday morning, hence the no excursions anywhere ever — luckily we have tourists coming into town so we’ll be doing tons of fun things in the upcoming week!

Until then, heres some comings and goings that have happened recently (okay, so the first two are from Germany, but all the rest are from the past three days!).  Now I have to get back to slightly freaking out over the fact that all the work that I’ve done over the last three weeks on my thesis is now corrupted and inaccessible because of my computer.  So much for those first 20 pages I had written…  Anyone good with computers and know how to help a girl out?

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The new Daft Punk album?  Soundtrack of my life at the moment.  I may have already listened to it three times today to make work more exciting!


We spent most of our Saturday morning in Germany walking around {inadvertently}.  See, everyone {ever} was telling us about this magnificent grocery store that was just right over there, and everything there happened to be a million-kajillion times cheaper than anything in Paris!  Of course The Husband and I wanted to check that out and get some killer chocolate and Haribo.

One problem.  Apparently we’re really dumb, and walked around for an hour and a half without finding the store.  Keep in mind that this is in basically the tiniest town ever.  In Germany.  Where everyone speaks German.  And we don’t.

Lets just say we scared a few German teenagers asking for directions before we finally gave up.  Apparently we’re that creepy looking….

Eventually we found it, but not before we got to enjoy a nice walk around a beautiful town!

And bretzels.  Don’t forget the bretzels.  We love bretzels.

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We knew that it was going to be hard being in a country where we had no idea how to speak the language, but it came as a shock how hard it actually was!  Luckily for us, it was only a day trip, but we were still tired and worn out from asking people if they spoke English after that short of a time…

On of the least tiring times we had, however, was on Friday night, a couple of hours after we arrived, when we decided to go out to dinner with some friends!  While some of the other people from our group went out for Italian, The Husband and I decided that if we were going to splurge and take our poor student selves out to dinner, it had to be something authentically German!

After walking around the town (that was shockingly overflowing with asian and italian restaurants), we found the only German place and walked on in to order our food.  Luckily they had English menus, because we were having none of that order-something-and-hope-it-turns-out-good stuff.  Shortly after arriving, we noticed that everyone, I mean EVERYONE was smoking and drinking beer in the place.  Turns out we accidentally went and sat down in the bar room of the restaurant rather than the family room — whoops!  Lucky for us no one enforced those legal drinking age rules here, so we were still able to sit in the bar!  Our food was delicious — we started out with some fancy German sparkling water, then moved onto an appetizer of Haribo Pandas  that I had bought earlier (hello — Germany is the land of Haribo!  You don’t even want to know how many bags of haribo I bought this weekend…), and then got our HUGE meals!  Pasta for me, frankfurters with a hot bretzel for Andrew, and one other frankfurter meal, and a hawaiian pizza for the littlest (turns out Germans are huge on Hawaiian everything.  Who knew?  They even had Hawaiian croissant sandwiches at the bakery we went to the next morning…)

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We rounded off our 3+ hour meal with four plates of apple strudel — a region speciality!  Definitely a must have if you’re in the Frankfurt area.  When the bill came, we could hardly believe it!  Only 50 euro for five meals, four desserts, and two bottles of sparkling water!  Moral of the story: leave Paris if you’re poor students.  Everything is cheaper…

As we were leaving, we realized that we all smelled like ash trays…  Never mind the fact that none of us smoke and were spending the night at a religious building…  Let’s just say it was a tad bit awkward when we walked back in after a three hour absence smelling like bar.  At least the food was worth it, right?


P.S.  Yeah, not gonna lie.  I packed a TON of dairy into these two days on vacation.  My stomach hurt like there was no tomorrow, and I had some breathing problems, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I love cheese!


This weekend The Husband and I took a quick jaunt to Germany — and when I say quick, I mean it. We were in Friedrichsburg for less than 24 hours, but it was totally worth it! Since I took a million and one pictures, we’re going to break these up.


So, voilà, photos from the trip to Paris to the German border.


Funny story about this one, actually. We went to pick up our rental car, and immediately had to go around this puppy upon exiting the agency. The only slight hiccup we had was the The Husband hasn’t driven since we moved here, and hadn’t driven a manual in over 4 years. Well, we survived to tell the tale!

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I’ve never spent much time in the French countryside — my heart belongs in Paris. However, after spending a week at my roommates family farm in the middle of France a few years ago, and driving through the campagne this weekend, I can now safely say that I definitely NEED to spend more time there. Beautiful, every inch of it. Even when it’s raining!


Stay tuned for Germany, and some funny stories about Americans in tiny towns!