Munich Guide: New Town Hall… and We’re Moving!

Life has gone from zero to everything! Quick recap. We moved to Munich for Shane’s position. The original plan was to be in Munich for about three months, then the lab project would take us to Tena, Ecuador, for about two years. Like most, coronavirus put us in a state of limbo, but not anymore, […]

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One Year in Germany!

Quite by accident, the end of May has become our official unofficial moving-aversary. This time last year, we were leaving the Netherlands for Germany, but this time seven years ago (🤯), we were leaving Pittsburgh for the Netherlands! In honor of our one-year Deutsch-aversary, I wanted to do a little reflecting. What do we really […]

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Riederstein Hike: Tegernsee, Germany

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “what-the-damn-hell!?” ’cause we got out of the city, baby!! This past Sunday was G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S and our first true summer-feeling day. When we met up with our friend, Theresa, back in March we talked about going for a hike when the weather finally turned. So, when a beautiful sunny […]

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December Joy Report

Happy Birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! I drank too much last night….that’s the end of this post! 🤦‍♀️😆 Jussssttt kidddinnnggg…about it being the end of this post. Happy New Year! Anyway, I’m rounding out 2020’s joy reports with a double-joy-whammy! First up are a few things that made me happy in December, but […]

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November Joy Report

Partial lockdown is boring. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s the right thing to do, and if I’m being honest, we’re pretty boring people on a day-to-day. I do miss the gym, though. We’re pretty creative in our 30 sq meters (300 sq feet) but it not quite the same as a bouldering […]

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October Joy Report

So, October was…going! Honestly, with the job and residency drama behind us, we’ve just chugging along this month. Getting into our new routine, appreciating the mundane daily life, enjoying the fall weather and colors. And then the unexpected happened. My trivial October joys were greatly overshadowed by one event – the loss of my cousin, […]

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Munich’s Hirschgarten: A ‘How-To’

Shane with a mass at the Hirschgarten.

Shane says that if I were to have a superpower, it would be the power of awkwardness. I have the uncanny ability to make any seemingly normal situation perfectly awkward. How? I’m not entirely sure, but I can generally feel it coming on, and the more I try to make the situation less awkward, well, […]

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September Joy Report

A large pretzel and cheese dip.

Yes, I’m a day late. I just wanted to make sure I incorporated the entire month of September for the most accurate reporting, ya know? Anyway, quick update on Munich life, then on to the joy report! It’s been in the American news lately that the numbers of coronavirus cases in Europe are increasing, which […]

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