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Berlinstagrams

1 Oct

Another trip to Germany has come and gone. Yesterday I arrived back in the States with so many wonderful memories. I don’t know how it’s possible, but each time gets better and better. And luckily, I won’t have to wait too long for the next visit since Sebastian will be here in November.

I have many stories to share, but until I get caught up on sleep, I’ll just share a few pictures for now. These are the Instagram photos I captured during the trip. I call them Berlinstagrams. Enjoy!

{one of the best burger shops in town}

{views from the Berlin Cathedral}

{a giant map of Berlin}

{yummy food at Transit}

{hanging out on the runway at Tempelhof Park}

{museum island at dusk}

{chicken dinner}

{Berlin Zoo}

{fun. concert}

{miss this guy}

P.S. Happy October! It’s amazing how fast this year is flying by.

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Auf Wiedersehen

21 Sep

So long, friends! I’m off to zee Deutschland to spend eight glorious days with Sebastian. It’s been exactly 110 days since I’ve seen my boyfriend, and I can’t wait to finally be with him again!

{picture from my first trip to Germany back in 2010}

We’ve been doing this for almost two and half years, and one thing is certain: long-distance isn’t always easy, but when you find the right person, it’s definitely worth it.

Until we meet again, Auf Wiedersehen! xoxo

Berlin: things to see and do

19 Sep

During my upcoming trip, I’ll be spending the majority of time in Berlin, Germany’s capital city and where Sebastian lives. I’ve really come to love this city. It’s colorful, vibrant, rich in history and always a good time. If you think about all it has been through over the years, it’s incredible to see the beautiful, thriving city it’s become.

It will be my third trip there, but this time will be a little different. When we’ve spent time there before, we were both visitors. Now that Sebastian calls Berlin home, he will really know his way around, and I won’t feel as much like a tourist.

As I prepare for my trip, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite places I’ve experienced in Berlin so far. (And hopefully when I return, I’ll have even more to share with you!)

Brandenburg Gate – This is probably one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. I love seeing it every time I visit as it’s stunning to see, day or night.

Berlin Zoo – The oldest zoo in Germany, it’s located in Berlin’s Tiergarten, very close to where Sebastian lives. I love zoos, and this is my favorite of all the ones I’ve visited. It’s so relaxing to spend the afternoon walking through the zoo, which feels more like a park.

Holocaust Memorial – Located near the Brandenburg Gate, this is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It’s very calming to walk among the giant slabs of concrete.

The Reichstag Building – This is the meeting place of German parliament and home to a large glass dome, which has a 360-degree view of the surrounding city. It was freezing the last time I visited, and too cold to take pictures outside the dome. Hopefully it’s much warmer this time around.

There is still so much of Berlin I have yet to see. Here are a few places I would like to visit:

Museum Island – I’ve visited the island, which houses five museums in Berlin, but I haven’t yet been to any of the museums. It’s on my list in case we get a rainy day when I’m there.

(image via)

Tempelhof Park – Opened a couple of years ago, Tempelhof Park was once a fully functioning airport. Now you can roller-skate down a runway or grill under the shadow of an airport terminal. I’m really excited to check it out.

(image via)

Sebastian’s Restaurants – I always hear about the BVB bar where Sebastian watches soccer games or the little restaurant with the best chicken or the amazing burger stand. I’m looking forward to visiting these places in person.

We’ll also be spending two days in Munich for Oktoberfest, but that’s another post. I can’t wait for this trip!

My heart is in Germany

17 Sep

AAAAAAHHHHH! I just checked my countdown, and there are only four days until I head to Germany! I couldn’t be more excited to visit this beautiful country again. I realize my love for this place is a little biased (because it’s home to a pretty cool guy), but in all honesty, even if I had never met Sebastian I think I would have fallen in love with Germany.

I still remember my very first visit, and how I instantly loved being there. In some cities it was like traveling back in time with their old city centers and amazing architecture. And then in others, it was like visiting a city in America. I really appreciated the mix of old and new and how it fit together flawlessly.

Sebastian had already broken my stereotypical image of Germans before I visited, and it changed even more as I began talking with and meeting other German people. Before I went, I had always pictured stern-looking, serious people. I laugh thinking about it now. For the most part, everyone is super friendly and not serious at all. In fact, my boyfriend is the goofiest guy I’ve ever met – and I love him for it.

If the people and atmosphere didn’t make me fall in love, maybe it was the food or the language or the beer. Whatever it was, a part of my heart will always be in Germany.

Did I mention I CAN’T WAIT?!?! Four days!!!