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day fifty six

5 Oct

today was an interesting day, to say the least. first day of wandering the streets crying in germany – which happened many times in barcelona the first year. so, i suppose i should have expected it.

me and christin during the first week in barcelona

1. the opportunity to live in a foreign country

it is a fantastic opportunity. it is a fantastic opportunity. it is a fantastic opportunity. it could be worse. it could be worse. it could be worse.

i have to keep telling myself these things. and they really ARE true: it is a great opportunity. i learned so much from my time in spain, least of all spanish and now having lived in spain and germany – how many people can say that? and get to travel like i do? and meet the interesting people that i do?

it is a fantastic opportunity and it definitely could be worse.

2. i am a strong, powerful woman

not only am i grateful for the opportunities i’ve had, specifically as i’ve mentioned of living in spain and germany, but i also acknowledge that i make these opportunities for myself. i realized that i needed something more in my life and got up off my butt, sold all my stuff and moved across the world to a country i’d never been to before and where i knew absolutely no one. i met a fabulous man who is responsible and loving and created a great opportunity for us here in germany and i supported him in that and chose to pick up and move again. at least i’d been here once before. but still, i’m pretty awesome. and the life we’re creating, while difficult, is pretty wonderful.

3. crappy movies and chocolate cake

i’m pretty sure i was already grateful for my chocolate cake yesterday (you’d think i’d remember), but after my crap day of dealing with german i don’t understand still and getting fined 40€ for not having my ticket on the metro (even though i had it, i just forgot to punch it because they put the small box in one tiny little corner of the station and it’s really easy to forget), the best thing in the world is to get home and just be able to lie on the couch, eat chocolate cake and watch movies. and yes, i did watch enchanted again because it is just that good.

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day fifty five

4 Oct

1. chocolate cake

wow. i feel sick now. seriously sick. because yes, i ate most of the missing bit there.

but, i made a really, really yummy cake today. the recipe was completely dairy free (except i used butter in the frosting) and it is surprisingly good. i knew i wanted to bake something and i didn’t have any eggs or milk (well, soy milk) in the house, so i searched and searched for a recipe that would allow me to make a cake without those things and it was so worth it.

it’s called crazy cake, check it out: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Crazy-Cake/Detail.aspx.

2. walk

it’s been too, too long since my daily walk. with people being in town and other stuff happening (that i totally forget now), it seems ages since i’ve visited my horsies and been outside breathing in that lovely damp that only a river surrounded by overhanging trees and greenery can produce. it was absolutely wonderful and i’m so happy to have started again. i can’t wait for tomorrow!

3. christmas planning

duhn-dah-dah-duhn! my family is visiting for christmas! yay! my mom said today that she was going to ask my grandmother (her mother) and my brother told me he was coming, which means he has to get a passport – something that he has been “doing” for the past five years, pretty much since i moved to barcelona. i’ll believe it when i see it.

still, i’m really excited. and they want to go to amsterdam possibly (no pot smoking with grandma though) and maybe even england to visit james’s family too.

but the big draw (for me, at least) is the christmas markets. i’ve heard about the christmas markets in germany, and cologne has some of the most famous ones and even the (crap) ones in barcelona were just fantastic. nothing says christmas like christmas markets: the smell, the smiles on everyone’s faces, the crisp winter air and the lights!

while i miss my family around the holiday season, which is why i’m so glad that they are visiting, christmas itself has been absolutely wonderful in europe. the lights in barcelona were gorgeous – every street decorated and every street was lit with season’s greetings, candy canes, snowflakes or beautiful stars. and if cologne will be even better, bring it on. so excited.

some examples of the lovely lights on the streets of barcelona:

avinguda diagonal

bon nadal, barcelona!

day six

16 Aug

 

1. couch to 5k

having a program like this one actually helps me stick with it. this morning, i got up at 8 (which might be normal to some people, but is unfortunately not for me) and went for a run before going to cologne. last night as i went to sleep, i wasn’t sure i was going to make it, and i might not have if i weren’t on a set program that i have to do three times a week. i appreciate that someone designed this program for idiots like me and that someone else made a free app out of it for my phone so that i don’t have to time myself or buy one of those fancy watches.

2. book exchange

though normally i’m very anti these sorts of events (who actually wants to give away books? i just don’t understand.), i figure the more things that get me out of the house and talking to real live people, the better. and, of course, it’s better than any event without books. when i arrived and sat down, i saw, conveniently placed just in front of me, a book that i’d been wanting to read for awhile now. i’ve read two others in the series, and i really enjoy them. i had just been thinking that i needed a new “easy” (as in, the type of book i wouldn’t have read or admitted to reading ten years ago – luckily now i don’t care) book and now i’ve got one that i’m excited about!

3. finding my way around cologne

i’m very grateful for my smart phone because it gets me around my new city, albeit not very well. i have no idea why this city is so confusing! today, however, i made it to the starbucks on breite straße for the book exchange all by myself and felt just for a second like i was really starting to understand a little bit about the way the city was laid out, which is a nice feeling.