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Five years

15 May

Sebastian and I began dating 5 years ago today. I can hardly believe it’s been that long. Five years. Sixty months. One thousand eight hundred and twenty-six days. And through it all, more than 4,000 miles apart.

A long-distance relationship is certainly not ideal, and I know some people think we’re crazy. Why would we choose this? To add to the complexity, we’re also from different countries, so living near each other hasn’t been an option. But the moments we do share are wonderful. Why would we trade those moments for something easier? When Sebastian is gone, I realize just how much he adds to my life.

One of these days we’ll figure it out, but for now we’re enjoying when we can be together. Because when we’re together, the world feels right.

I recently read a book with some lovely passages, and one in particular made me think of Sebastian and our relationship.

 “With you, my life felt indeed like a fantastic adventure – despite our ordinary circumstances, your love imbued everything we did with secret riches.”

www.the-wild-child.com

Happy five years, Basti. You know I wouldn’t do this with anyone else.

xoxo

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Four years

15 May

Let me tell you a story of how I fell in love.

I met Sebastian while playing on a co-ed soccer team. He was our best player, and I liked it when we were on the field together. I appreciated that he understood the sport and was good at it. That’s how it started, two people playing a game we both loved.

I remember I couldn’t really understand his accent at first, but found him incredibly charming. There was always an ease between us, like we’d known each other for years. I’d tease him about his English pronunciations, and he’d make fun of my clumsiness. I loved it when I made him laugh.

Eventually group hang outs with friends turned into outings with just the two of us. We’d play racquetball or get burritos. It was always so easy, so comfortable.

The semester was coming to a close, and it was time for him to go home. I didn’t want him to leave, but I knew he couldn’t stay. I had a million thoughts in my head. Does he know how I feel? Could we really make this work?

The night before he was heading home, he said what we both knew all along: “I think I more than like you,” and I whispered back, “I think I know.”

Four years later, I’m still madly in love and just as crazy about him. People always ask me how we do long-distance, how we make it work, and the answer is we just do. My life is so much better with him in it than without. And although it’s unconventional, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Four Years

Dearest Basti – life is so full of love and laughter because of you.
Thank you for this wonderful adventure.

Happy four years! xoxo

P.S. I think I more than like you.

Flying first class

18 Jan

Have you ever flown first class? I never had until our recent trip to San Antonio. And I probably never would have except the bf is a travel genius. He knows how to find the best deals and always finds the loop holes. Point being: he’s a premier member on pretty much every airline, which puts him first for upgrades and gives him access to all the airport lounges. There is he below enjoying our complimentary Bloody Marys at the American Airlines Admiral Club lounge in Dallas. Let’s just say, I like traveling with him better than by myself.

airport_lounge_bloody mary

So of course while we were waiting to fly to Texas, his name gets called for a free upgrade to first class. I’m not sure how he managed to swing it (maybe the guy at the counter was feeling extra nice on New Year’s Day?), but he upgraded me too, for FREE. It was the bomb.com.

I had way more room than my short legs could possibly ever need, a blanket to keep me warm, a real glass to drink from and breakfast on the house. It was one of the most pleasant flights I’ve ever taken, and now I know what I’ve been missing out on all these years.

The best part was spending the first day of year with my favorite person doing what I like to do best: travel. Although I probably won’t fly first class again for a long time, there are great trips to be had this year, and I can’t wait.

Three years

15 May

Another year spent apart, but another year together. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Many people don’t understand our relationship, and why we choose to make it work, but I’m OK with that. What’s important is he gets me, and I get him. It doesn’t matter if people don’t get us.

I’m reminded every day that we’re 4,206 miles apart, yet he’s the closest person to me. He knows all my secrets, my hopes and my dreams. He knows what makes me laugh and how to push my buttons. He knows my favorite color and my silly routines. He’s seen me at my best, and he’s seen me at my worst. He knows it all, and still chooses to love me for me. I never have to pretend who I am with Sebastian.

So today we celebrate our crazy relationship – the relationship no one else truly gets, but the one we do, and that’s all that really matters.

Basti and Me

Dear Sebastian – you bring more joy to my life than you’ll ever know. Thank you for the most wonderful three years.

Happy Anniversary, love.

xoxo

A day in Pittsburgh

27 Nov

It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is over, and December is right around the corner. How quickly the holiday came and went. This year was even more special because both my siblings came home, and so did Sebastian. There was plenty of noise and laughter in the house, and now it feels quiet and empty again. I’m already counting the days until Christmas.

Thankfully, I was able to take some time off work while everyone was in town, and Sebastian and I thought it would be fun to spend a day in Pittsburgh. Even though I’ve traveled to some pretty fantastic places, sometimes it’s nice to rediscover the areas in your own backyard.

We set off in the morning, and after a light breakfast, we quickly decided our first order of business should be a stop at Primanti Brothers. For those of you not familiar with the restaurant, their signature items are sandwiches consisting of grilled meat, cole slaw, tomato slices and french fries, piled high between two slices of Italian bread. We both went for the pastrami sandwich and shared some chili cheese fries, too. It was a delicious way to start our day.

After lunch, we headed to the Monongahela Incline, the oldest continuously operating funicular in the U.S. It was fun stepping back in time, riding the wooden cable car up Mt. Washington. It also offered spectacular views of the city, and we happened to visit on a perfect day to see it.

Our next stop was the Andy Warhol Museum, which I’ve always wanted to visit. The museum is definitely worth seeing. Some things I didn’t know before we visited: it’s one of four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. We weren’t allowed to take pictures beyond the first floor, but the other six floors had some phenomenal displays. If you haven’t yet been, I recommend planning a visit.

The last two stops of the night were the Penn Avenue Fish Company and Andy’s, a little jazz bar that happened to be located in the lobby of our hotel. The restaurant was exactly what we were looking for. It’s BYOB, which I thought was fun, the atmosphere was relaxed, and they had great seafood, including sushi. After dinner we walked back to enjoy some drinks at our hotel, the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Dear Fairmont, you were quite expensive but totally worth it. We loved the views from our room, the convenient location and the incredible service. Needless to say, we enjoyed our time in the Steel City.

Until next time, Pittsburgh. xoxo

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

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!!!

Painting the rock

24 Aug

I was recently looking through old pictures on my laptop and came across a few of me and Sebastian painting “the rock.” It was one of Sebastian’s last nights before heading back to Germany and still one of my favorite memories.

The rock is located on Front Campus at Kent State University, and painting it has been a long-standing tradition for students. Greek organizations started the tradition of painting the rock in the 1930s, and since then, it’s been covered with many layers of paint.

On most days, the rock displays a fraternity symbol or sorority achievement. Sometimes it’s promoting an upcoming sporting event, and I’ve even witnessed people painting it for their engagement photos. Occasionally, though, there will be something painted on the rock that only means something to the ones that painted it.

The particular night we painted the rock, it was late and most people were downtown partying (after all, it was the night before graduation). We didn’t really have a plan as to what we were going to paint. We ended up drawing a bunch of random words on it. Sebastian painted a giant German flag. We laughed and had an absolute blast.

The following morning, I noticed our masterpiece had already been covered by some fraternity symbol, but it didn’t matter. For me, it was one of those moments where you realize how easy it is to be with the other person. And Sebastian must have felt the same way because the next night he asked me to be his girlfriend. I know, super cheesy, but if you can’t paint a giant rock together and have an awesome time, you’re probably not meant to be.

To all my Kent State peeps out there, have you ever painted the rock?

Staying connected

18 Jul

When people find out I’m in a long-distance relationship (and have been for a while), they like to ask  how we make our relationship work. My answer is we talk every day. I know, I know –  it’s a no-brainer. But just like any relationship, we put in the effort to communicate with each other.

Our favorite app is WhatsApp, which enables you to message (text) for free. We message each other a couple of times a day just to see what the other person is up to.

I send pictures like this:

And he sends me pictures of his dinner (with his awful phone camera):

Yes, I get it’s silly, but when you never see the other person things like this help you feel connected.

Every night we talk during my drive home to catch up on each other’s day. The time difference is six hours so if Sebastian is tired, the call is short. But it really doesn’t matter how long the call is, the point is we always talk.

We also try to Skype for a couple of hours on the weekends. You probably think we’d run out of things to talk about, but we haven’t yet. We laugh, tell jokes, share videos and articles, talk about our upcoming trips and future goals, and before we know it, three hours have gone by.

Regardless of how often or how long we talk, I think we’ve made it through because we truly care about each other, and we do our best to let the other person know it. Whether it’s sending a quick message to say hey, sending a letter in the mail or staying up late to talk on the phone.

I’m curious though, how do you stay connected in your relationships? I know it’s sometimes easy to take the other person for granted. How do you show you still care?

Two years

15 May

Two years ago today I graduated college, and while that is a pretty significant event in my life, it’s not why this day is special to me. Two years ago today I started dating Sebastian.

I never expected to fall for a German guy, as I’m sure he never expected to fall for an American girl. But sometimes the unexpected happens. We met while playing soccer at Kent State and quickly bonded over our love for Chipotle, traveling and How I Met Your Mother.

Our relationship had an interesting start. I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship and he was heading back to Germany. It didn’t seem like the most ideal situation, and we both had our doubts.

That first summer was filled with Skype dates, phone calls, letters, emails and eventually a trip to Germany. It became pretty clear that we were both in this for the long haul.

What a whirlwind these past two years have been. We’ve traveled to more than 20 cities, stayed in 15 different hotels and learned a lot about each other along the way. And I think we both agree we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Dear Sebastian – thank you for the most unexpected and wonderful two years.

Happy Anniversary, love.

xoxo