Spice Takes On Chicago

I’ve never been much of a “city” girl but Chicago changed me for good! Luckily this great city is only a hop, skip, and 3.5 hours of driving away.

We stayed in a great hotel right on the river with incredible views and really central to all the fun stuff!

Chi 3Our first night there we went to the Christkindlmarkt to see how close to the Christmas markets back in Germany it was. I must say, it was fairly close…however WAY overpriced! They had all the basic German stuff…wurst, cuckoo clocks, ornaments, etc. Before we moved to Michigan we bought a cuckoo clock in the Black Forest (where they originate from) for more than half of the cost they they charge here. We saw a smaller version of ours for almost $500 MORE than what we paid! So crazy! Toblerone and I decided that we needed to sell something at these markets, we would make thousands just by overcharging unknowing Americans! Is that bad?? 🙂

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I got my beloved currywurst and Toblerone had some kind of sausage thing with mustard. Was pretty close to the real deal so we were impressed with that for sure!

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Just look at that happy German!! 🙂 Chi 8

The next day we walked all over Chicago! We went to the Big Bean or I guess its official name is Cloud Gate. (I literally just had to look that up!) This was a great surprise to me! I LOVED seeing this in person!

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We also walked to the planetarium to get the best views of the city.

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Later on we went shopping a little bit at Macy’s which was just a mad house but is just a part of Xmas! I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with the movie Serendipity, but Toblerone and I LOVE this movie…and wouldn’t you know it…a black glove was on the ground in front of us 🙂 For those that know the movie, know the significance oof the black glove throughout the movie. Heres the proof:

Chi 4In the evening, I was able to meet up with my roommate from 8+ years ago! It was so good to catch up as if a day never went by. And of course, we had one too many old fashions…yikes…never again. But in this case, the hangover was WELL worth it!

Chi 2Our last day there we stopped at the original UNO’s Pizzeria where we waited over 45 minutes for our personal deep dish pizza. It was SO different from the franchise and was the best pizza I’ve ever had!

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Home we went, savoring the memory from the weekend and looking forward to going back again to experience all that she has to offer! Thank you, Chicago, for turning this “country gal” into a “city-loving girl.”

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Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

A Cure For Homesickness

I’m sure it’s no secret that I’ve been feeling a bit sad lately and I think more so around the holidays it seemed to get worse. I am SO lucky that a portion of my family was able to come and share Christmas with us. I think Harley was more excited than me though, if that was even possible!

We tried to fill their days with something special each day even if it was just a walk around  outside or off to explore a castle. For me, I didn’t care where we went as long as I could soak in their presence as much as possible. For the entire time they were here I didn’t feel lonely anymore and even though we were in a strange land, I still felt completely whole. For those of you who have lived in another country will understand how nice it is to be around people who speak your language, share your sense of humor, and understand how hard it is to make this type of move.

With my family having a picnic

So instead of writing about each event I wanted to share with you the highlights of the trip via photo gallery, I know, I’m lazy! We’re still on X-mas vacation here (back to it on Monday..blah) but what a good few weeks off!!! We’re already planning a trip back to the states with a focus on NYC in February! Can’t wait!! Counting down already! This is a year of big news, I just know it!

Anywho, if you need a cure for homesickness…it’s as simple as this….FAMILIARTY. Which this equals, easily, FAMILY. Going to the US was great for Turkey day except I had to leave again. With tears and hiccups catching in my throat I had to say goodbye to my mommy again. This time, when they came here to where I am, it was a lot easier for some reason. I guess I finally felt complete that they saw where I was, put their own touches on the house, and understood where I was coming from.

And of course…CARE PACKAGES are fantastic! 🙂 Just saying! (I have one on the way I’m keeping my eyes peeled for! THANKS MOM!)

We went to see the largest cuckoo clock in the world and to see the video of this baby in action you need to go to my facebook page to check it out. And since none of you got me a Christmas present then I would highly recommend that you “like” the page and pass it along to your friends to enjoy too! 🙂

In the slideshow you’ll see a picture of a elk on top of a mountain. This is deep in the Black Forest. Directly across from this mountain is another mountain as well. The story is that this elk was running from a hunter and he came to this valley with no where to go but directly across. He made the risky jump and survived. (HAPPY ENDINGS!!!) So, there he was…just hanging out waiting for me to snap his photo! (Just kidding, it’s a monument to him)

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Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxoxox