2016 – A Look at What’s Ahead

2016 – A Look at What’s Ahead

Hi everyone!

Last year was quite the tumultuous. I graduated Santa Monica College, which I thought was fantastic to experience my first American graduation. Those hats and gowns are hilarious!

I changed schools to complete my bachelors in art history, which was quite the adjustment for both me and Justin. But now I’ve gotten adjusted and it’s almost time to leave the dorms again. However, I’ve made some great friends there that I absolutely adore.

So on the schooling front I will definitely just keep on trucking. There isn’t much that will change except getting into different student housing in fall. But that’s still up in the air.

When summer rolls around I’m definitely going back to Europe. There are things I’m excited to see and I need to go back. I want to travel to Paris or Italy and look at the artworks. It’s definitely on my list. Hey, I’m an art historian, ok?

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2015 – A Look at What’s Ahead!

2015 – A Look at What’s Ahead!

TweetAfter a rather uneventful New Year’s Eve that we spent in Orange County with Justin’s family, 2015 is now already in full swing. And let me tell you, this year will be quite exciting. So this post is about the things that are going to come our way this year. At least the one’s I know about, because I’m not a fortune teller (yet). ūüėČ It will start out with my travels to Germany in mid-January to mid-February, where I’m currently working on a new endeavor but I can’t tell you quite yet what it will be. So you’re going to have to stay patient. But you can expect a reveal soon, maybe even as soon as I get back. Mid-February to mid-June I’m attending Santa Monica College for my last semester. And it’s quite sad to be honest. I will miss this school as it was the best I’ve ever attended but I’m happy to finally graduate onto new adventures. And graduating from SMC means, I finally get to walk with all the other graduates to receive my Associate’s degree in mid-June. I’m expecting a huge party. Well I don’t know who’s coming yet, but I know my mum will fly in from Germany. So that will be exciting. And then we get to the scary part. I have to pick a college I’ll be attending in fall to complete my Bachelor’s degree. Technically, I’ve already accepted admissions at California State University, Channel Islands and that’s where I want to go, but you never know with me. I might just change my mind. And I got into another... read more
German Christmas Market in Los Angeles – Old World

German Christmas Market in Los Angeles – Old World

Tweet  Fall Semester is done! And Christmas is over too, which I spent with my husband cooking some yummy food. I always find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit over here in California because of the missing snow and cold. However, I could take a walk on the beach or decorate a palm tree. Yeah, I know I’m complaining on a very high level right now. Hah! Anyway to make sure we got a little excited for Christmas we decided to find ourselves a Christmas market over here, since we couldn’t go back to Germany this year. And there’s this place called Old World in Huntington Beach, and the name really doesn’t lie. When you arrive, it feels like you’ve stepped into a small Bavarian town. And when we got there, the the tiny streets were lined with booths selling all kind of varying things like soap, nutritional supplements and pillows. The Old World has a couple of permanent shops too and we took a stroll through them visiting an art shop and a Turkish book shop. For catering they had contracted the LA Currywurst truck which has gained fame in Europe through various television shows.¬†However, we opted for the local German restaurant and the food really surprised me. Finding authentic German food in LA is quite difficult. However, this one came the closest so far to actually tasting to the Bavarian food from home. The Christmas market was full of Germans and you really felt transported there not just because of the atmosphere but also because of the language you could hear being spoken all around... read more
October Recap – Pumpkins & Halloween Season!

October Recap – Pumpkins & Halloween Season!

TweetUnfortunately, my favorite month is over now and we’re into November. I simply love October because it’s filled with pumpkins, Octoberfests and scary stuff. And – as usual – I forgot to blog about half of them! Oh college, you suck up all my time. So without further ado, here’s what else happened in my little October recap.   Disneyland Halloween Decorations Early October, Justin and I put our annual passes to good use and looked at the amazing Halloween decorations at Disneyland. And they really had pumpkins EVERYWHERE! Even the food items were decorated all halloween-ey so I absolutely loved it. ¬†¬† Octoberfest in Los Angeles & Alpine Village Even though I actually never liked to going to Oktoberfest in Munich while I only lived an hour away, I do enjoy going to the “Octoberfests” in the US. They aren’t really anything like the real one but it’s fun seeing all the Americans celebrate something German. We went to the German restaurant Wirtshaus and the food was great! Justin got dressed up in a Bavarian Lederhose and we had Nutella pudding & potato pancakes. ¬†¬†¬†¬† Pumpkin Patch I absolutely love pumpkins. So going to our annual pumpkin patch is always one of my favorite trips. It was super windy though, so excuse my getup :). What did you guys do in October? Did you have a fun Halloween? Let me know about all your stories in the comment... read more
Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights – Get Scared with Hollywood’s Best Effects

Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights – Get Scared with Hollywood’s Best Effects

Tweet I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you guys this but Halloween season is my favorite part of the year. Maybe that’s because I didn’t really have it growing up in a medium-sized German town. Most Germans, at least the older ones, regard Halloween as one of those silly American traditions. And besides the occasional Halloween party and some scary movies, we don’t really do much. No one does trick or treating. Or at least they didn’t do that when I was young, because it just wasn’t ok to teach kids to beg for candy. (Or so I was told.) ¬†Anyway, when I tried doing it some old lady threw a potted plant at me. So yeah.. no good memories of trick or treating. But now that I’m in America, you better believe I’m trying out all the scary things they got to offer. I’ll lay off the candy though. ūüôā Today, I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite Halloween attractions over here in LA. It’s Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. Many of you know Universal from the fancy movies they put out and the theme park. But when Halloween rolls around they put their set making skills into making really freaking scary mazes. This year’s mazes included Alien vs. Predator, Dracula Untold, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, The Walking Dead, Clowns 3D, A Werewolf in London and Face/Off. The¬†Alien vs. Predator¬†maze was my absolute favorite because they really used all their knowledge of technology and prop making for this one. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I’m sure some of you... read more