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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March 2021 Joy Report

Heyyooo – we’re out of lockdown! APRIL FOOOOOLSSS! You might have but most likely did not notice that I skipped my February joy report. I mean, sure, stuff happened in February, but mostly it was a same-shit-different-day kinda month. Towards the end of February and the beginning of March, we stupidly got hopeful. The number […]

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January 2021 Joy Report

Whitney's 35th birthday.

January always feels like a long month. Do you agree? Oddly, January 2021 has flown by! Perhaps it’s the monotony of lockdown life. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. A quick update on life here in Munich. We’ve been in partial lockdown since the beginning of November and a […]

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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! 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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