Spring has Sprung in Germany!

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As you may have gathered, this winter was a bit rough for me. I like snow and reading and wool socks as much as the next girl, but by the end of March it was, well, let’s just say it was a bit much. Now that I can sleep with the windows open and show my pale legs to society, I am one happy lady.

Yesterday I went to Heidelberg to visit a dear friend. Everyone was out enjoying the warm sunshine. Live music wafted through the market square and I ate a ginormous gelato cone that later gave me a stomach ache from all the sugar but I didn’t even care. Spring in Germany is something special.

The tourists haven’t arrived, the towns are still waking up again from their long hibernations. This is our reward for surviving the last five months. Thank you God!

Spring Formal

IMG_4574Last night was my sorority’s spring formal! I had so much fun getting dressed up, taking pictures, and dancing up a storm. The venue was a club in downtown LA, which was a nice divergence from the usual spots we frequent. My housemate was my hot date¬†(pictured below) and we had a blast together. Hope you’re having a good weekend friends!IMG_4578IMG_4581IMG_4583IMG_4585IMG_4590IMG_4597IMG_4605IMG_4614^Some friends from my group in Heidelberg, Germany.¬†IMG_4617IMG_4623

Happy Weekend

IMG_4468The other day I was walking around downtown Malibu (I use the word downtown loosely here) when I noticed this beautiful field of yellow flowers! For some reason, I don’t remember spring in Malibu very clearly my freshman year, and then I was gone last year, so this is the first time I’m fully experiencing and appreciating it! These yellow flowers really reminded me of the fields of rape seed in Hildesheim, Germany last spring/summer. I always miss the nature of Malibu when I’m home in El Segundo,¬†because it’s very urban and compact. However,¬†yesterday when I was downtown I saw that they cut all these flowers and now it’s just an empty field. Oh well, I’m glad I snapped these pics when I got the chance! This weekend includes¬†homework, a volleyball tournament for my sorority, and a Sunday night concert. What are your plans?IMG_4458IMG_4471IMG_4467IMG_4465IMG_4464IMG_4462IMG_4461IMG_4460

Spring Break Baby!

IMG_3683All I can say is thank god I made it to today. It was a crawl to the finish line. I am writing this from the comfort of my bed at home, somewhere I have not been since winter break. I can’t believe the semester is half over. I am going to be a senior…crazy. Anywho, just wanted to drop in and say have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to unwind. I can already feel myself sinking deep into vacation mode, a state¬†from which I fear I may never return.IMG_3678IMG_3679IMG_3681IMG_3682IMG_3692IMG_3693IMG_3695IMG_3698IMG_3676IMG_3685

 

First Day of School!

DSC_0419.JPGGrowing up, the first day of school was always a HUGE deal. I would spend hours the night before painstakingly picking out the perfect outfit and packing my backpack. Then in the morning, my mom would make Potato Pancakes and take our picture on the front step before we headed out. My brother and I walked the three blocks to school together for many years, mostly in silence because we were so tired. But those were some of my favorite moments. Just walking quietly side by side.

Today is the first day of my semester. And while there is not quite as much pomp and circumstance, I still can’t help but feel a bit excited. Sure, it means a whole lot of work and stress, but it also means new friendships, skills, and opportunities.¬†I can’t wait to see what the next four months hold, and I’m thankful you, sweet readers, are along for the ride. Have a good one!DSC_0422.JPG

 

A Happy List

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Hello again friends, and happy Thursday! I can’t believe I’ve already been in Hildesheim for two and a half weeks. I’m now able to successfully navigate my way around town, and even have a few ‘favorite hang out spots’ to frequent. Over the past year, I’ve developed a little practice where I make a “Happy List.” That is, a list of all the small, seemingly insignificant things in my life that add up to make me one happy girl. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or cranky, I can look back on these lists and remember how blessed I truly am. You can read a past Happy List here, or keep scrolling down to read my latest list, sprinkled throughout¬†a few recent pictures of Hildesheim in bloom!

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1. The fact that the sun doesn’t set until 9:30pm these days.
2. When I learn a new German word and then successfully use it in conversation.
3. My ritual morning cup of coffee.
4. The lilac bushes in full bloom around town.
5. Long telephone conversations with my dad.
6. The colorful doors scattered around Hildesheim. I have a thing for doors.
7. Being able to walk/ride my bike everywhere.
8. Sleeping in way longer than necessary.
9. Warm showers before bed.
10. Fresh flowers on the table.
11. Journaling.
12. Starting a new book.
13. Binge watching Gilmore Girls (I don’t have a problem, I could stop anytime).
14. All German bread. They do bread right.
15. Playing silly games with little kids.
16. Chillin’ with Tazan, my host’s cat.
17. Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, after all.
18. Snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket.
19. Having no where to be and nothing important to do.
20. Checking tasks off your to-do list.
21. Crawling into bed after a long day.
22. Church potlucks.
23. Wasting time in coffee shops.
24. Listening to a really interesting podcast.
25. Messing around on the guitar or piano.

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26. ^Finding my family’s name carved above an old German door frame. When can I move in?!
27. Experiencing spring slowly turn into summer. This is my first time really experiencing seasons, and it’s blowing my mind!
28. Traveling to new destinations.
29. Writing of any sort- blog posts, short stories, essays, poems, you name it!
30. Home cooked meals.
31. Warm fuzzy socks.
32. Learning about German traditions.
33. Shoe shopping.
34. Practicing my photography and becoming more familiar with my camera.
35. Family vacations.

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36. Colorful buildings and attention to detail.
37. Movie nights.
38. Cider. It’s not just for New Years Eve anymore!
39. Painting with watercolor.
40. Perusing my favorite blogs.
41. Peonies- my favorite flower of all time!
42. Experimenting with new hairstyles.
43. Listening to people talk about something they are obviously passionate about.
44. Card games.
45. Memorable late night conversations.
46. Becoming a regular somewhere.
47. Weekly bible study.
48. DIY crafts and decorations
49. This blog!
50. My lovely readers (that’s you, wink wink :))

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