Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Knit on Knit

 | Sweater: H&M (similar here, here or here) | Scarf: Handmade by my mom | Skirt: Zara (Love this one from BCBG and it is SERIOUSLY on sale! | Jewelry: Forever 21 | Purse: Segolene Paris (Similar here) | Shoes: H&M (old) |


Happy Halloween everyone! 

Do you know those pieces every season that you end up re-wearing again and again because they just work? Well I found mine!

We have arrived safely in Denmark and are settling in to our little vacation house with Steven's family. 

Halloween isn't widely celebrated in Germany or Denmark, so I will lamely announce that this knit-on-knit ensemble is as close to a costume as I'll get.

P.S. There is limited time left to enter to win $100 to J.Crew!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Driving to Denmark

The North Sea - Denmark, 2011
Today I'm headed to Denmark with my family. The car is packed up with luggage and snacks and I've come prepared with an iPod, a neck pillow and various books to keep me entertained. This will be my third time in Denmark, and I'm hoping that I will actually get to see Copenhagen this time! I am going to be driving a leg of this journey (which in total usually takes about 7 or 8 hours) which means I'll be behind the wheel of a car for the first time in...a year and a half?

Stay off the roads.

On another unrelated (but equally important) note, it's about time to start thinking about Christmas shopping! Honestly, time flies so quickly I can't believe it. Be sure to check out these shops for beautiful, personalized gift ideas.
 
The custom portraits at Indie Finley are unique, different and beautiful. I love gifts that actually have some thought put into them and it is always so nice to receive a present that is personal. These portraits would be great to give to a friend, family member or spouse - and they're fun!

| SHOP INDIE FINLEY |
 
I'm in a place in life where nesting is definitely on the mind. If everything goes well with Steven's visa we should be back in the U.S. in a matter of months, looking at houses and making plans to settle down. I would LOVE some nice bedding sets like the ones sold at Swanky Outlet. These would make great gifts for anyone with home decor on the brain.

| SHOP SWANKY OUTLET |
 

But if all else fails, there's always jewelry. Are you listening boys? The jewelry that Andrea Bonelli makes is stunning, like I-need-this-in-my-life-now stunning. I love the way she works with metals; it is unique, interesting and breathtaking. This jewelry would make great gifts (for you or your loved ones!) Sometimes we need to treat ourselves, right?

| SHOP ANDREA BONELLI |

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bungee Jumping


On Saturday, a shivering Steven and I crossed something off of our (very long) bucket lists: Bungee Jumping. It was actually an anniversary present to us both, but when we called in July we were told the next available date was in late October - whoops! The day finally arrived, and I have to admit the conditions were not ideal; a crisp 32 degrees and snowing! We huddled together and braved the cold as we waited our turn, watching those up before us take the same plunge that we would be taking as soon as our name was called. The above photos are of the nice man who went before we did. He'd been bungee jumping many times before and didn't seem scared at all! I wish I could have said the same for me.

I didn't feel legitimate fear until we were up on the platform, 50 meters (164 feet) up in the air. I started shaking, thinking over and over again what the heck did I get myself into?  Essentially, I just clung to Steven and dreamt up a happy place.

And then we fell.

And it was the most exhillirating thing I've ever experienced! I couldn't stop laughing as we dangled there by our ankles waiting to get lowered down to ground level.

Do things that scare you. Live a full, adventurous life. Take the plunge.

And in case you need proof, here's a video! (Warning: I scream, and it's pretty loud.) Edit: If you live in Germany and can't watch it because of the music rights thing, just click "watch on youtube" and your problems should be solved. 

Have you ever done anything that scares you? Let us know - I'd love to get a discussion going! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Take the Long Way Home


If you want to take a train between Frankfurt and Cologne, you have two options: The ICE (Inter-city Express) train will get you from point A to point B in about an hour with very few stops. The IC (Inter-city) train will get you there in two and a half hours, stopping in little towns along the way.

When I went to Cologne last month, I took the ICE train there, having been wooed by the comfort and convenience of high-speed travel. I had intended to take the ICE back as well, but missed the train by a couple of minutes due to poor planning and an unexpected line at the ticket machine. Grudgingly, I climbed aboard the IC train some minutes later and phoned Steven to tell him I'd be home a few hours later than expected.

What I didn't know was how lovely and enjoyable my 2.5 hour train ride would turn out to be. Unlike the ICE which cuts straight accross nondescript fields and farmland, the IC train took its passengers on a winding, scenic journey through the Rhein Valley (AKA my favorite place in Germany.) Driving directly next to the Rhein river for the majority of the trip, I counted the castles that watched over the tiny medieval villages we passed and amused my fellow passengers with my compulsive photo-snapping.

I took away a simple lesson from that day: Sometimes the less convenient, slower road is the road worth taking...because really, what's the rush?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Travel Challenge


When Jenna posted this travel challenge on her blog a few weeks ago, I immediately went through it to see where I had been and where I still have yet to go. Dear goodness, I want to see each and every one of these places and you can bet that I will some day. If you'd like, go through the list yourself and share in the comments where you've been and where you want to go!

 

The places I've been are in bold.
 
1) Alamo
San Antonio, Texas
2) Alhambra
Granada, Spain
 
3) Andros Island
Bahamas
 
4) Angel Falls
Venezuela
5) Angkor Wat
Angkor, Cambodia
 
6) Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey
 
7) Ayers Rock
Australia
 
8) Big Ben
London, England

9) Bora Bora
Polynesia
 
10) British Museum
London, England
 
11) Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 
12) Cathedral of Seville
Seville, Spain
13) Cave of Crystals
Mexico
14) Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15) Cinque Terre National Park
Italy
16) Colosseum
Rome, Italy
17) Crater Lake National Park
Oregon, USA
 
18) Dead Sea
Israel/Jordan
 
19) Death Valley National Park
California
20) Devil's Tower
Wyoming
 
21) Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem, Israel
 
22) Easter Island Statues
Polynesia
 
23) Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
24) Eiffel Tower
Paris, France
 
25) Empire State Building
New York City, NY
26) Forbidden City
Beijing, China
27) French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
28) Galapagos Islands
Ecuador
29) Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
30) Gettysburg Battlefield
Pennsylvania
31) Glacier Bay Basin
Alaska
32) Glacier National Park
Montana
33) Glowworm Cave
New Zealand
 
34) Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California
35) Grand Canal
Venice, Italy
36) Grand Canyon
Arizona
37) Grand Mosque in Mecca
Saudi Arabia
 
38) Great Barrier Reef
Australia
 
39) Great Mosque of Cordoba
Cordoba, Spain
 
40) Great Wall of China
China
41) Hagia Sophia
Istanbul, Turkey
 
42) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii
 
43) Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California
44) Iguazu Falls
Argentina & Brazil
45) Kiyomizu-dera
Kyoto, Japan
46) Kremlin
Moscow, Russia
 
47) Lake Titicaca
Peru
 
48) Las Ramblas
Barcelona, Spain
49) Las Vegas Strip
LasVegas, Nevada
50) Leaning Tower of Pisa
Italy
51) Louvre Museum
Paris, France

 
52) Macchu Picchu
Peru
53) Matterhorn
Switzerland
54) Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
55) Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, NY

56) Mount Everest
Nepal
57) Mount Fuji
Japan
58) Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania
59) Mount Rushmore
South Dakota
 
60) Napa Valley
California
 
61) Ngorongoro Crater
Tanzania
 
62) Niagara Falls
New York
 
63) Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris, France
 
64) Pacific Rim National Park
British Columbia, Canada
 
65) Pebble Beaches of Nice
Nice, France
66) Petra
Jordan
 
67) Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
68) Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
 
69) Puerta Del Sol
Madrid, Spain
70) Pyramids of Giza
Egypt
 
71) Redwood National Park
California
 
72) Rock of Gibraltar
Gibraltar
 
73) Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado
 
74) Ruins of Athens
Athens, Greece
 
 
75) Ruins of Pompeii
Pompeii, Italy
76) Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain
 
77) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Town)
Chicago, Illinois
 
78) Sedlec Ossuary
Czech Republic
 
79) Sistine Chapel
Vatican City, Italy
 
80) Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
 
81) Space Needle
Seattle, Washington
 
82) St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City, Italy
 
83) Statue of Liberty
New York
 
84) Stonehenge
England
 
85) Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
86) Taj Mahal
Agra, India
87) Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Kyoto, Japan
88) Teotihuacan
Mexico
89) Tian Tan Buddha
Hong Kong, China
90) Times Square
New York City, NY
91) Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh, India
92) Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe

93) Wailing Wall
Jerusalem, Israel
 
94) Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida
 
95) Washington Monument
Washington, D.C.
 
96) White Cliffs of Dover
Dover, England
 
97) White House
Washington, D.C.
 
98) Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire, England
99) Yosemite National Park
California
 
100) Zion National Park
Utah

I have been to 29 out of 100 places on this list - whis probably isn't too shabby for 20 years old, but boy do I wish I could just take off and go see each of these places one by one!

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