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Wedding Anniversary in Bruges

Happy anniversary!

Happy anniversary!

For our first wedding anniversary Brian and I headed to Bruges, Belgium. The weather was gorgeous, the beer was delicious and the company couldn’t be beat. Although we had a difficult journey (several trains were cancelled) we arrived early enough to wander around the beautiful neighborhood we were staying in. The next morning, after Brian gave me a lovely necklace as an anniversary present, we found a bike rental shop. We have been through many challenges in the past year, some we have conquered successfully while others have given us wounds to lick. The challenge for our anniversary was mastering the tandem bike… or if not mastering, than at least somehow plowing through 20 miles.

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Beer and Belgian Waffles in Brussels

Yum!

Yum!

The title of the post sums up the extent of our time in Brussels – no need to read further. I kid, we did manage to see a quality street performer, do a walking tour, score some souvenirs, and have delicious hamburgers. Honestly, we didn’t put much work into seeing the “must” attractions. We just wanted to soak up the Belgianness of the city.

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6 Months in Review

Our year is half way over…

Things we have learned

Bonnie:

  1. Moving abroad without our puppy has been really hard.
  2. Relying only on each other has drastically impacted our relationship (for the good).
  3. We should have tried harder to learn German before we got here.
  4. My husband is an insanely hard worker.
  5. I could live on wiener schnitzel w/ cranberry sauce.

Brian:

  1. Moving abroad without our puppy has been really hard.
  2. Having Bonnie to myself has been a joy.  It’s going to be hard to share her when we get home.
  3. Traveling is fun, but coming back to Munich is always fun.
  4. Ryanair is not such a great deal.
  5. I could stay here (not without my dog, though).

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Walking Tour of Prague

Where are we?

Where are we?

We started our second day at Starbucks… as we did every morning in Prague. This city is far more international than any other we have been to, which means that everyone speaks English, and not just in the touristy places.  Even still, my Starbucks’ name was “Pony” – Brian got off easy as “Bryan”.  I had made up an agenda for the weekend but after our long castle tour the previous day (combined with my ongoing cold) we decided to take it easy. Not. We jumped in on a free walking tour and covered the entire city in 4 hours.  Before the tour we had an authentic Czech lunch of roast pork knuckle, which after seeing the table next to us devour, we couldn’t help but order.

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Oktoberfest – Day 1

It's like we're Germans!

It’s like we’re Germans!

The day had finally come — the first day of the world-renown festival: Oktoberfest.  When Bonnie and I had first talked about moving to Europe, we had considered several cities and countries to live in.  Bonnie had learned French in high school, and she is fairly good at speaking French, so we considered Paris.  I had studied Spanish in high school, and we also thought about living in Spain — maybe Madrid or Barcelona.  I had originally thought about moving to Europe when I was in college.  I dreamt of one day having a job in London or the U.K.  I had envisioned living in a country that spoke English and traveling throughout Europe from there, as it is pretty affordable to jet around Europe once you are here.  So, I thought, maybe we would move to London.  Then, we both looked at each other, and said “We are Germans”.  Bonnie and I are both 4th generation Germans, and thought it would be very cool to go back to the “Vaterland”.  If we were going to live in Germany, it only seems obvious that we would choose Munich — I mean, this is where Oktoberfest is!

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Vienna – Day Two

After the sun came out

After the sun came out

Pouring rain lead to a slow start of day two but Brian and I managed to accomplish almost everything on our list… Albeit a bit wet.  Schönbrunn Palace was stop number one, this was originally a hunting “lodge” for the Hapsburg family.

We’ve been to a few palaces now but this one was especially cool because all of the furnishings were still in place from the early 1700s.  Although the audioguide was very informative we both wished we had retained a bit more information from our European history classes in high school.

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Bike Repairs

We found our way to Anna and Frank’s for bicycle repairs and beer drinking; between culture differences, language barriers and our libation liberated tongues we found deep conversation and much laughter. The bike ride home was exhilarating, rushing through the dark streets of Munich attempting to understand the rules of the road pertaining to bike riders.

First Day in Munich

Glockenspiel Tower

Glockenspiel Tower

Our first full day in Germany started with tuna fish covered pizza from a Greek restaurant- I can’t say I recommend it.  We headed off to Marienplatz for some adventuring in the heart of downtown Munich.  Aimless wandering combined with a lack of knowledge of one’s location makes for an interesting trip.  We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves standing right in front of the Glockenspiel Tower 3 minutes before the chimes started ringing. Then, a gorgeous church manifested from behind layers of apartment buildings and we listened to a polka band while sipping giant beers in the open air market. Continue reading