December Joy Report

Happy Birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! I drank too much last night….that’s the end of this post! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜† 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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The Truth about Moving to Munich

Shane leaving for work on his bike.

I’m just going to come out and say it. Moving to another country is nothing like the movies. Sure, you can sell your things, pack your bags, and take off for that new life abroad, but generally speaking, you won’t be staying longer than 90 days or legally working without some sort of residence permit. […]

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Mittenwald, Germany & the Leutasch Gorge

Looking down from the Leutasch Gorge trail.

There was a time, shortly after we moved to Munich, where I genuinely (and naively) thought that we jussst might get to take a weekend trip for our anniversary. But, ya know, life happens. Instead of a weekend trip, we hopped a train south, to Mittenwald, Germany, for a hike I’d been eyeballing – the […]

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Kranzhorn Mountain Hike, Germany (& Austria!)

German Kranzhorn summit cross.

We may not get to *actually* travel much this year, but I can at least say I’ve been to Austria twice! ANNDDD technically I’ve walked across the border, so if that’s not an adventure then I don’t know what is. We’re pretty lucky to have two friends from Groningen also living in the Munich area, […]

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