Tuesday, July 31, 2012

One Year in Germany

It's hard to believe that Steven and I have been living in Germany for an entire year! (Yes, I know technically Steven's been here his entire life, but you know what I mean.) This year has been a joy and a blessing and I feel so grateful to have spent our first year of marriage in such a wonderful place. A lot has happened in this past year...we've gotten older, if even just a little, and grown closer together as a couple. I've discovered new aspects of myself being here I may never have come to realize had we stayed in America. I'm certain everything happens for a reason and us being here, in Europe, was meant to be. It's certainly been a year to remember! 

We moved in to our new apartment and started getting settled. I began making an effort to learn German. I explored my new city with my two new sisters (pictured above.) I made new friends at church and went on several day trips around Germany with Steven to get to know the area better. 


I ate enough food food for six people at a carnival with friends, went clubbing in Europe for the first time, and continued settling into the German way of life. I also started working for the most amazing family ever!


I turned nineteen! I got an SLR camera and began to learn how to use it. We got to see one of our favorite artists perform at a swanky rooftop venue overlooking downtown Frankfurt. Steven and I explored the palace gardens in Wuerzburg, Germany which I still sometimes daydream about to this day.  I also met my blogger friend turned real life friend Alyx in October, and we took a daytrip to Mainz, Germany. 


Steven and I spent the most romantic, relaxing, luxurious week in the South of France. We explored Montpellier and Marseille: loved the first city, hated the second. Montpellier was warm, quiet, lovely, with architecture that reminded me of Paris but palm trees that reminded me of Spain. This city will always have a place in my heart and I'd love to have a flat there someday to vacation in.


We took a daytrip to Strasbourg, France to peruse the amazing Christmas market there.  Temperatures in Frankfurt dropped to -20 degrees Celcius, and I subsequently came down with the worst sickness I've ever had! I lost my voice completely (seriously, couldn't make a sound) for over a week. Thank goodness for antibiotics! I got better just in time to travel to Odense, Denmark with my family for Christmas. 


We rang in the new year up at my in-laws house with my family, Alyx and her hubby! My family knows how to party, and the fireworks? Forget it. Crazy. I started intensive German language school, and continued braving Germany's bitter cold!


We spent several days exploring Istanbul, Turkey, which quickly earned its title as one of my favorite cities! I will never forget our experiences shopping in the bazaar, visiting the mosques and listening to the call to prayer five times each day. The food is pretty much unbeatable, too!  I also took a bus to Prague by myself and spent several days there exploring the city and making new friends. 


The earth started waking up from it's winter-induced slumber, which made for a very happy Daryl. I discovered the amazingness that is this American themed bowling alley.  I bought a ten euro bike, named her Hilda, and started riding her around instead of taking the train. I started doing Yoga which has saved me in more ways than one. I also made these cute shoes, which I love more than any other pair and they cost me less than ten bucks. 


I spent two weeks in my hometown in Southern California. I ate American food, drove a car, and reconnected with old friends I missed so much. Did I mention I ate American food? A lot of it. 


Steven and I went on a romantic getaway to Malta. It was amazing in every sense of the word.   We spent full days out on the water and it could not have been more wonderful! I also photographed this engagement shoot and my first wedding!  


I went on a Blate with Alex from Ifs, ands & Butts and she showed me around Karlsruhe, Germany. We spent a week in Barcelona with my family! and had the most amazing time with them. I photographed a cute couple in Schwetzingen, Germany!


One of my best friends came to visit me in Frankfurt! We then strapped on backpacks and flew to Budapest and made our way back home via Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and the Bavarian Alps! I still have so much to tell you about this trip, so stay tuned. Steven and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! Since then we've spent time out in the country with Steven's family, and you can't forget the Medieval Festival at Gryffin Stone Castle.

I can't believe it's been a year...it still seems so surreal to me.
Thank you to all whom I've befriended on this journey. 


Tamaras Blend said...

This looks like a reallyyyy amazing year, you've been to so many places! Oh I love Germany. You two really look like a great couple!

Laura said...

It sure looks like a year filled with great moments! May the next years be as great as this one :)

Jenna said...

Amazing how much can happen in one year! Looks absolutely incredible, can't wait to see what the next year brings for you :)


Rachel said...

Looks and sounds like such an amazing year!I'm proud to say I remember most of these posts because I've followed you through most of this past year!Love your blog!

P.S.You are beautiful.End.Of.Story.

Mimi Finerty said...

what a gorgeous post, you have been busy in a year!!!

Alyx said...

Holy cow, has it already been a year? Wow. When are you guys headed back? You have the visa thing figured out yet?

Hannah said...

I think it's such a beautiful thing that you spent a year in Europe. Your photographs are breathtaking.

Alex Butts said...

what a year!!! i feel like i've seen so many posts with people hitting their year mark in Germany - I guess we all decided to show up for the European summer.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love your highlights for the year - what a clever post idea! And those 2012 sparklers - LOVE!

Sara Louise said...

I'm so happy you loved Montpellier, it's a great city! I'm going next weekend and I can't wait :)


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