A Bike Ride Through The Heimat

How often do people live in a town and never truly see it? My guess is pretty often. We get caught up in the day-to-day stuff and usually end up spending quite a bit of our time doing things around the house or getting away. Am I right?

What do you think would happen when you took a day to be a tourist in your own town? Magical things, I bet!


That is just what Toblerone and I did one of the days we were back in Germany. He grew up in this tiny little village on the top of a mountain but I had never seen it through his eyes like I had this one day. It was truly beautiful.


We decided to travel by bike. We rode from one town to the next (where his mother’s family is from). I had never seen this side before. I missed out on the beauty of it all.

We traveled around and stopped in the next town over to visit Toblerone’s Grandpa, Rudi. Check out how beautiful his space is. I may or may not have shared a bit of champagne with him. (He probably would have preferred beer – next time!)



We rode past the windmills…


And of course a pit-stop for some lunch!



My favorite part of the day was visiting the chapel in the town.




We went inside (luckily I didn’t go up in flames!) and I lit 4 candles in honor of the grandparents we have lost.

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It wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t cause a little bit of commotion before I went back home…now would it? I rang the church bell for you all! Which actually wasn’t that easy, that thing is HEAVY!

We stopped along the way to many homes of family members and friends to say hello. It was a special day and BEAUTIFUL weather! It was so nice to see this other side of Toblerone’s Heimat (home) from a different perspective!

Just the hubs and I on our little bike tour! And check me out with no make-up and my 30 year old wrinkles! LOVE LOVE LOVE the aging process 🙂




Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxo

Vacation In The Alps: Day One – De-Stress

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about sharing our vacation with you people! I’m so ridiculous, I even made notes everyday of everything we did so I wouldn’t forget and you wouldn’t miss out on ANY detail! So let me get right down to it! I’ve decided I will spread it out over a few blogs that way I can post more pictures without boring you to pieces!


We left the house around 11am and I felt pretty good that I had packed everything into the smallest suitcase ever made. Of course Toblerone would find the reasonable sized suitcase and pack all his crap in there before I could get started. So, after all that was finished, I decided to clean the house so it would be perfect and spotless to come home to. Which included vacuuming and mopping the floors, 3 loads of laundry, dusting, dishes, changing sheets, and cleaning the toilets (FUN!). As we left though I felt a bit of a clam rush over me. After the months of stress during his surgery and illness and finally being able to get away from the house and just de-stress, it was more than welcomed!

Equipped with road beers, wine, and my iBooks on my phone I was ready to start the 2.5 hour drive to the Alps. A beautiful drive at that! Completely through the country-side, avoiding the Autobahn. (THANK YOU BABY JESUS!!!!) The weather was a kicker too. Prior to this, it was primarily cold and rainy – The entire summer thus far. All the sudden as we start out on our trip the sun comes out! Couldn’t have been better timing. I was whiter than necessary and starting to scare the children in our neighborhood. Anywho, as I said, the drive was great and I couldn’t tell if it was the wine that was making me so excited or not but that’s neither here nor there!

We arrive to our hotel which is surrounded by the breath-taking views of the Alps. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the Alps are incredible. Mountains upon mountains but more so I’ve learned it’s not the mountains that are so amazing, but the little villages that are in between all of them.

Our hotel was set back behind a small cow farm and behind a little creek. There were people walking everywhere and the sun was shining down hard on us to welcome us with GIANT open arms to a world of relaxation! Hotel Sonnenbichl was the name – which means Sun something or another. There isn’t really a translation for the second word there. We were greeted by a girl in the typical Dirndl and she was nice as pie, showing us to our room. As we arrived in our room I was surprised to see our bed made up like the honeymoon suite!  Rose petals everywhere and the blankets in the shape of a heart. Adorable! Could it get better? Oh hell yeah it could!

The bed would recline to my fancy! Toblerone could sleep flat as a board and I could have my feet and head lifted slightly. Perfect. Let’s also not leave out that they had many different other types of pillows that we could choose from if we didn’t like the standard one in the room. HELLOOOOO service!

I turned my head and there was our balcony, past our “living room” area and it was incredible. The Alps staring at me right in the face as if to sing, “YODEL-WELCOME-HOO!” I had to stop and take a moment. Sometimes I forget that outside of my little world is a much larger world. A beautiful one and I need to slow down and cherish it. In that moment I reminded myself that while I was homesick and sad most of the time, I’m so incredibly lucky that I get to see all of this. Some day that sadness will get easier, I hope, or manageable at best but I will have captured all these other beautiful memories. I wouldn’t replace it for all the money in the world!

I quickly got over the mushy moment when my stomach started to yell at me. LUNCH TIME, Bitches!!  The Hotel Sonnenbichl is completely stocked with a 5 star restaurant which I was very excited to try out. (No worries, I took a picture of our 4 course meals to share each night!!) Our breakfast and dinners were included in the overall price anyways so I course I would be taking advantage of that! We decided to sit out in the sun and enjoy the sunshine for a bit since it had been missing out of our lives for much too long!

Of course we ordered beer and, my favorite, käsespätzle (cheese noodles!) This particular kind however was different than how I make and love it. It was made with mountain cheese called, “Berg käse” which is seriously stinky stuff. Kind of smells like feet and puke together. Delish. Somehow though, it’s actually really tasty with a good red wine. Melted and mixed with noodles, I found, was NOT my favorite thing. It was mushy and just didn’t sit right with me. So, needless to say I stayed FAR away from that nonsense for the rest of the vacay!

After eating we decided to take a tour of the place. This particular hotel is also known for it’s rehabilitation services as well. They offer services for people that were just in the hospital or need rehab for injuries. They have a whole spa place with all sorts of crazy things I had never heard of! We wanted to go look at the spa area so as we walk up and around to the back of the building, there in all it’s glory was a naked man. Just chillin. He was laying out in the sun with absolutely NOTHING on his body. Mr. Willy was hanging out tanning as well. WHAT ON EARTH?! Let’s note that directly across from this area was the children’s play area. HA! Oh strange folk here. I swear!

The sauna looks like a tree house which was pretty cool. There was a typical sauna – two floors! – and a steam room with hay all over the floor. Special place where you could take a hay bath. Strange! Oh and the story gets better. As we are checking these places out a man walks out of the steam room…Mr. Willy wagging around as he hops in the shower. He greats us with the typical greeting,”Grüß Gott.” Literally means, Greetings from God. How on earth do you send greetings from God when you’re naked and your manhood is staring me in the face. Like waving at me and mocking my prude nature. GAH!

Moving along, QUICKLY, I decided I needed a nap to recover from the naked sightings and Toblerone decided he wanted to join the mass in their naked ways at the sauna. By all means…go right ahead!!

Dinner time came along and I was excited to check out what they had. Germans know how to cook and it’s fun for me to try out the new stuff, no matter how much I miss Kraft macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, or pumpkin pie.

We arrived at our reserved table and there I sat staring at 800 forks! I ordered my usual – Amaretto with Apple Juice and headed to the Salad bar. I think I’ve explained this before but the salad bars here are not what we’re all used to in the states. Here, it’s many different types of salads. Most with a vinegar base. At first I didn’t think I could handle eating carrots in vinegar or cucumbers in vinegar. Now, I don’t think I would like the basic salads back home. Let’s EAT!

The Salad Bar:  

And My Selection: 

Noodles with balsamic sauce, ham, deviled egg, and rosemary bread: 

Sauerkraut Soup with Bacon. (AHHH!! BACON!!!): 

Chicken Cordon Bleu filled with gorgonzola cheese, ham, and eggplant: 

Mango Ice-cream with watermelon-mint salad and dipping sauces- strawberry and apricot:

Brilliant stuff! The dessert was my favorite part. A burst of flavor that kicked me straight to heaven! Jealous yet? Piano music played overhead which made me miss my family the most. “Dream a Little Dream” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” pulled at my heartstrings and with an overfilled belly, I was ready to go for a little walk!

We wanted to take a drive and see what we could see. We stopped at a church that had an outside concert of the areas big band. Picture the oompa-oompa music! And then of course we see signs like this – graphic much? I think we get the point, no? It looked like Harley – I couldn’t resist!

We headed into the town called Oberstdorf and upon arrival it felt like magic was in the air. I sound so cheesy but seriously, this town was incredible. Shopping, restaurants, lights, street vendors, everything. There in the background was the haunting silhouette of the Alps.

Like a carnival town with out all the freaks. Wait, I lied. There was a guy walking his black cat around on a leash. Strange happenings. We grabbed a few drinks and sat outside. Day 1 was a success and I was excited to see how Day 2 would turn out!

Mission De-Stress: Accomplished!

Stay tuned for the next few days of the trip! Lots to show you, lots to tell! I’m still dreaming of this place and can’t wait to take my family and friends who arrive. THIS is the place to go! So much to do and see whether it be winter or summer! 

Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxo

A Lake, A Castle, And A Church Walked Into A Bar

As I had mentioned to you in my last post, my buddy RyRy  came to visit me here at my new home! We had a great time but the most important thing was to see a familiar face in a very unfamiliar place. RyRy has come to visit me when I lived in South Beach – Miami, Maine, Maryland, and now Germany. He’s always been that friend that when he says he’s coming to visit, he means it. Other people throw around the idea and then never end up coming so it’s good that I have him!

Of course he loaded up his bag with peanut butter and fun things from my family! So excited to see everything and hold onto the things I know just hours before my family was holding. I’m starting to miss them more each day. Thankfully I’m heading home in August for a few weeks! YES!!!!!

The first day RyRy arrived Toblerone picked him up from the airport and threw him into a car full of 4 other guys and cold beers. Off they went to a soccer game and then to Frühlingsfest (a Spring festival similar to Oktoberfest but on a much smaller scale.) I went out with the girls and prepared for RyRy to arrive at the house the following day. As soon as I saw the car pull up I was SO excited to see him and was prepared to pack in as much adventure as possible! Let’s not forget that I don’t venture out on my own normally. I usually have someone taking me places, etc. So this was also a good time for me to pull my act together and start exploring!

Due to the fact that we took so many pictures, I have to throw them into a slideshow! First, a run down of what we did so you can see this in the pictures.

Day One – RyRy and Toblerone to a soccer game and Spring festival
The girls dress in their drindls and the boys in their lederhosen but it’s not as expected of you as it is during the Oktoberfest. There’s lots of terrible songs like “Take Me Home, Country Road” by John Denver and the “YMCA.” As described by RyRy though – he has never seen so many people completely uninhabited in one place. I’m saving my christening for the Oktoberfest. 

Day Two – Old Church and a walk around the grounds, Geo-caching, Lake Constance, Amazing dinner, and buildings older than we can understand! 

         This church is beautiful and on a great sunny and clear day the view is spectacular! Of course, my favorite are all the paths mowed specifically for the avid walkers, trekkers, or hikers. Great place for mountain biking too! We walked up there with a few beers and walked around for a bit, cursing ourselves for talking about high school and really loving the sites around. You can’t find a place like this in the US. There is nothing like it. Sorry folks! All you get is pictures until you come and visit!!  Then the Geo-caching was a good time! For those of you that don’t know what it is: People hide things from trinkets to the rights to a brand new car. You’re given exact coordinates and then have a small clue to go and find it. RyRy is big into this so we’ll be doing more of this when he gets back. We ended up finding one that wasn’t anything special but you log your name and the date you were there. Very fun! 

      After this we went to Lake Constance again for more excitement! We walked the streets just checking out the sites and down to the lake. Making our way to a great restaurant right on the River Rhine. Perfect weather and cocktails to go made this trip incredible. Not to mention the mix of modern architecture with the old world houses/buildings. We were literally standing up against buildings that were from the 1300 and 1400’s. I can’t even begin to picture that in my mind what it looked like back then. Some of the old look of it was still there. We’re talking about peasants, medieval times, disease, non-existent sanitation, women in long dresses, medicine was based on superstition more than anything. I mean, crazy crazy times. Talking about it in school or watching movies doesn’t give you a real sense of this until you see the villages with your own eyes. You can almost hear the sounds from that Era. Eerie to say the least. 

Day Three – Hohohenzollern Castle (where the single 35yr old (HOT!!!) prince still lives), tour of the castle and checking out a family tree and heirlooms that dates back to year 1027 of the royal family. Old as dirt!

The castle is one I went to during the winter months for the famous Christmas markets here. This time, I brought Ryan and the sun was shining and we would take a tour! For 10 Euro we could do all of that. Since there’s some hot prince dude still living there most of the castle is off-limits but we got to see quite a bit I would say. This one isn’t huge like some other ones I’ve seen in England but it’s obviously much bigger than anything I’ve ever lived in so I’ll shut up now about that. The first room you walk into though is incredible. Every wall is covered with the family tree dating all the way back to the year 1027. Reading some of the names you can see the Frederich family was a big part in this and is not the current residents of the castle. Although this castle has been restored it was fun to see the old clothes of the Queen and tobacco boxes of the princes that once lived here – oh and of course the crowns. ( I knew I put them somewhere!!) 

So for now enjoy the slideshow! It was too hard to post that many photos one by one so the slide show is the best option. Also known as me being too lazy.

As I’m writing this our bathroom is being installed!!! YIPPEEE!!!! If you remember back from the previous post about our choice of sink and etc…well folks…it has been built and arrived!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have drawers for all my make-up!! More on that tomorrow!

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As Old As Can Be

One thing I love about Europe is the history that surrounds it. I feel like I’m living in a history book everytime I travel to the market or to the bakery. Incredible. You have to see it to believe it.

I’ve been eyeing this large something-or-other way up on a hill or probably more of a mountain, every time we drive by it. I can see only a small fraction of it and whether it is a farm or castle, I wanted to go explore. So Toblerone drove me up the long and windy road (queue The Beatles) and we came upon of course many hikers and hiking trails but also this beautiful church on what seemed like the top of the world. The view was absolutely incredible and right next door is an adorable true to form, German restuarant. (Obviously, can’t get enough of those!)

We walked into the church which was built in 1673, Ummm…..no words. I can’t even imagine life that far back. I mean, seriously! Crazy to me. Anywho, we lit candles for the health of our loved ones and decided to grab a bite to eat while we were there.  I had pork tenderloin in a meat gravy and of course my favorite, spaetzle and a Radler to wash it down!

Throwing you a slideshow this time. Sorry the pics aren’t the best quality, only had my handy dandy iPhone on me! Wish you all could be here to experience this!

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Until next time, readers!!  And a great big Happy 27th birthday to my Dad!!! 🙂 (inside joke…he’s not really 27!)

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How Do You Really Feel?

Someone asked me the either day, “What do you not like about Germany so far?” I had to sit and think about this one because there really isn’t much! However, I did compile a list of things that I find strange or quite different from what I’m used to. This is not to say that I will not be used to these things in a few years! 

So here in no particular order:

1. Shake it!

On many occasions I have met many different people and just like the rest of the world, a hand shake to say hello is common. I made a conclusion. Women CLEARLY do not understand the importance of a good handshake! It shows confidence and in business matters, it’s your first impression. Usually the men shake with power, but every woman so far has given me the dainty-barely-touch-your-hands shake. It’s like shaking with only your fingertips like an alien. I don’t like this as I am a big believer in women going forth in the world…you’re not going anywhere with that! Put some love into it, ladies!!!

2. No Freezer?

Why would I ever want a freezer in my fridge? Oh maybe because I like ice cubes and ice cream readily accessible. Or how about when you just bought beer, vodka, or wine and need to make it cold quickly. You get my drift? Precisely. Lo and behold…..the fridge with no freezer. Thank you Germany. Well done.

Even Harley hates the idea....

It’s ok, we will spend a trillion more dollars to make our lives more complicated. Yes, I will buy a freezer…put it in another room completely so now I have to walk 5 feet to this room to get my meat. I can no longer talk about this issue. It upsets my bones.

3. Say No To Church

This is not a bash on religion – Remove panties from bunch and continue reading. Per my previous post you should all known that I’m not religious however, I’m all for people being one with the big cheese above. Like the majority of Germany, minus the travellers that have invaded, Toblerone is Catholic. I might have mentioned that our land (or 5 feet of yard) is owned by the Church and we must pay rent for our yard. Don’t even get me started on this. So, as someone not religious, I don’t see the good in this. I smell corruption! Anywho..moving on. During a drive the other day Toblerone mentioned he wanted to pull out from the Church. Que???

I guess there is some weird thing where if you are a registered Catholic, each paycheck the Church takes out 80Euro a month….people…do the math…thats 960Euro…which means $111 USD a month and $1300 USD a year, goes to the Catholic Church. STOP THE MADNESS!! THE HUMANITY!! I can’t even believe it. So, I told Toblerone to pull from the church via his paycheck and go as he pleases, as it should be. Again, I stress that I am not against religion and what they do to stay afloat…but here…it’s different.

4. Luck o’ the Irish

I’m freckled, stubborn, and a heavy drinker. You get my drift? I’m thick as blood Irish and damn proud of it! Christmas is great…Halloween is great…Cinco de Mayo is a good time too but nothing..and I mean NOTHING can compare to the greatness of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s all about commradery and competition. All wearing the same color while we see who drops to the floor first. In all seriousness, I know the real history of St. Patrick and why we made a holiday of this man. I know America in general has lost or is not educated on the true meaning of this wonderous holiday but what does it matter? The fact that everyone comes together for the same mission is fantastic!!

Deutschland…you dissapoint me. I would say 90% of this country doesn’t have a CLUE what this holiday is! So, this year I will do nothing. Nothing whatsoever and I’m hurt. I can’t possibly celebrate this day wearing only green underwear (yes…yes I did) and sipping wine on the couch. Gag me. I’m certain I will change this country. One person at a time. Rivers will be green. St. Spice is coming!!!!

5. Shhhhhhhh

It’s taking me some time to get used to the fact that people talk so LOUD here. You know when you’re hungover and even the slightest whisper makes you say, “ugh…please stop talking so loud”? Yeah…thats me…all the time. Voices are constantly echoing and inducing strange angry headaches. Not only are they loud but it sounds like they are yelling!!

6. Cha-Ching

Debit Cards, Credit Cards, plastic of any kind…there’s no place for you here! Many times when I first arrived I tried to pay for lunch/dinner/what have you with my cute little red credit card and it was declined. Words were yelled said and the wallet they arrive at your table with was waved back and forth. When you go out to dinner here, the waitress will come to your table tell you how much it all was and wait for you to hand her the cash right then and there. Oh and tipping? Barely exists. You give 26Euro cents, no more than 1Euro. Crazy right?

So this will conclude my “things I don’t like” list but I still feel this as a list that I’m not used to yet. It’s just different and maybe in some cases the better way of life. I just haven’t figured that out yet! Tomorrow is the 2 week mark. Can’t believe how fast it has gone!