The Christmas markets are here! This is easily one of my favorite times in Germany. They make the cold, dark weather more bearable– dare I say fun, even. I walked around a few different markets yesterday with my fellow students, sipping Glühwein (hot mauled wine) and eating no small amount of unhealthy treats. Below are a few photos. Hope your Christmas celebrations are off to a great start!I love the little old grannies in the right corner. They always dress so classy here. Inspiration.A beautiful tree in front of Lamberti church. These wreathes hanging from shop archways are probably my favorite decorations in town. Germany does it right, folks.So many adorable trinkets, so little money! What’s a girl to do? ;pThe main street in town. How gorgeous?!This stuff is addictive, let me tell you. I will be sad when Christmas is over…might have to look up a recipe so I can drink it in January! Also, why am I the only one wearing gloves?!!!!Please note I am wearing two pairs of pants and two hats…yes, I am a wuss when it comes to cold.I always find myself wearing all black in winter. How very European of me.
Yesterday my friend Jessica and I spent some time exploring Downtown L.A. Honestly, I don’t think people give this city enough credit– it has its moments! Sometimes I find myself wishing I lived in a bigger, more traditionally structured city like New York or Berlin, but then L.A. pleasantly surprises me with something cool. We spent a large portion of the afternoon in The Last Bookstore, an incredible bookstore in the heart of DTLA where you can buy and sell books. There is a coffee shop inside, couches and chairs to relax, and even a few art vendors. I bought “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald to read over Christmas break. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!^I feel lucky to have made even one friend like Jessica in this lifetime. I can’t express how much she means to me!^Christmas is in full swing inside the store!^”The Catcher in the Rye” is one of my all time favorites.^Trying to look intellectual…is it working?^A tunnel of books…casual^I’ve been listening to Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas album non-stop, particularly the songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”After this we headed to The Grove, an outdoor shopping area with lots of lights and festivity. What are your plans for the upcoming break? Be sure to get out an explore your own city one of these days friends!
Hey friends! It’s been too long.
How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was one for the books. My immediate family and I flew to Nashville last Saturday to spend the week with my extended family. Our clan is spread out through all ages, but right now we have six little kids under the age of five! As you can guess, this makes for ample amounts of fun and equal amounts of chaos. I adore spending quality time with them and watching them grow up year by year. I was blown away by the difference one year can make. It is truly a special experience. This year, we decided to dress the little girls up as pilgrims, straight off the Mayflower. America is in good hands with them! Be sure to watch this little film I made above to see their cuteness in real time.
Have a good one friends, and if you find yourself stressed out, just remember that Christmas is right around the corner.
P.s. More Nashville Thanksgiving posts to follow soon.