Playing around PĂźrschling

Playing around PĂźrschling

The snow season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than…

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Sledding!!

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I had to accept a kid sled because the adult one was too big for me ):

..and hiking!

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Luckily here in Bavaria they really know how to enjoy the wintery months, and have ways for everyone to do it. If your like me and have never skiied before and dont quite have the time, sledding or rodeln is the best way to enjoy sliding around in the snow without getting too messy.

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This past weekend we headed over to Unterammergau where the PĂźrschling trail is

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A great year round hike, that just so happens to be a great ski spot in the winter with a superb sledding path. ( you hike up and sled all the way down, how fun is that?!)

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We didnt have our own sleds,but luckily when we stopped for a prep coffee

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in the worlds cutest gasthaus,

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they were renting them out and our day was made.

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So with  a little extra pep in our step and stomped up that mountain

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and let me tell youu, it was an absolutely gorgeous hike.

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Fozen rivers lining the trail, fellow sledders speeding down the hill, giggling the whole way

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the sun was warm on our cheeks as the cold our nipped  our noses

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Now I must admit, we didnt quite make it to the top- after 3,5 km uphill in the shin deep snow the fun had turned to some serious work and we were ready for play

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Der alte Rodeln bär

so WOOOSHHH we headed down down down the slippery mountain face.

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ice ice baby

Ending up at the bottom soaking wet ( next time definitly bring snow pants) hands frozen but overal bursting with bliss. We then decided to quickly get warmed up with some scrumptious  steamy soup and a well  deserved alcohol free weißbier

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Pro tip: Always end with soup

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Abroad to America

Abroad to America

Sorry for the post abscence, but my year has started off quite stressed. I had to go to America spontaneously for, unfortunately, a funeral. I had to go to my grandparents home in Alabama. It started out with a completely complicated flight but

Three countries and three layovers later

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I just get the feeling they are always trying to overcompensate for something…

I arrived in the home of the brave… on Inauguration day

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Definetly a yuge culture shock.

but luckily for me in my third layover I was greeted by a happy and familiar face

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Dallas welcome comittee

I got to visit some family during my Texas layover and got to take some off grandma’s fresh baked bread along to my final destination..

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“Please sir, its only banana, my grandma just baked it” -Aspen in airport detainment January 20, 2017

FYI dont ever take bread through TSA, they had a hay day,

but I was let go in time for my flight

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Dear DFW, Its been real, and its been good. but hasnt quite been real good

I arrived in Birmingham shortly after, and the events began.

To be honest. I am not the best with loss, and it was a very hard week. I am beyond thankful I am a runner, it was the best coping method I could have had to fall back on.

My grandma passed away and it brought up so many feelings from previous losses. My family is not so big and going back has always been hard. Luckily for me there was a great running track near my grandfathers house I was able to escape to in between runs around the neighborhood

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aka Shin splint city

I think I got in a good 28 km that week. It would have been more except for crazy southern thunderstorms. but I tried my best to get out whenever  the sky was moderately clear

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The trip as  whole was a good time for getting the closure I think I ultimately desired. My mind is still a bit distracted, but now that I am back in Munich I am my most happiest. I am so thankful I have found a place to call home and above all feel home.I can hop away to the mountains on the weekend or run around the city and work my way back up after a fall.

Whenever life gets hard, its good to be able to just go home.For me this is Munich.

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We never quite get over our losses. But I do believe we tend to absorb them and they carve us into different, often kinder creatures

 

 

Meanwhile in Munich

Meanwhile in Munich

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woke up like dis

YES winter is finally here. With it came snow, glorious, super snow. Unlike what I assume to be the majority of the population, I am extremely overwhelmed and over joyed by this weather. I love running in snow, walking in snow and day dreaming from my office window as it snows.The chill in the air and the silence of everywhere that comes with that frosty white cushioning just gives my heart little pitter patters.

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s’no day like a snow day

The city becomes more alive. It is so bright, hopeful and beautiful. The sky becomes an extra magnificient shade of blue and the rivers flow with a little more grace than average. I find Munich to just be the best place to go for chilly strolls. What can I say, I am a little winter romantic.

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I like to often imagine I am in a snow globe or a Thomas Kinkade picture. Although I do love my outdoor activities

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Running in a winter wonderland

I find that there are a lot of cozy indoor activities to revel in. In Munich we have so many lovely museums, exhibits and naturally, oodles of cafes.

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souper duper dinner date

awe, Munich, sweet Munich. Such a lovely place to be, all year round

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The Marvelous Fraueninsel Christmas Market

The Marvelous Fraueninsel Christmas Market

Its the most wonderrrfulll timeee of the yearrrrr

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I dont know about you guys, but once the cold November breezes start blowing in, I am dying for December to get started.

Luckily for us in Germany, Christmas is not one day but a whole month of activities, the best part being the fabulous ChristkindlMarkts

 

My favourite so far is the Christmas Market on Fraueninsel in Chiemsee.

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Although the weather outside is frightful, in my heart its absolutely delightful

 

Only accessable by small festively decorate shuttle boats from the local towns around the lake

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For those not at all familiar, Christmas markets are these collections of little wooden shacks decorate with branches and ribbons, glittering lights

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and sellings knick knacks galour

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my my, just what I needed, some excited felt cats

The markets are warm and cozy, they smell like everything sweet and delightful

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Christmas Cookie hut anyone?

BUT the GlĂźhwein, ohhhh the GlĂźhwein, let us never forget this goodness in a cup that is magical wine mulled with holiday spirit and flavoured with joy

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** Fabulous alcohol free version also available**

But to be honest, the real fun is at night time

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The island offers  a wonderful winter carneval atmosphere

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You can take a stroll as a pair thanks to the exciting accessories available

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tandom mitten anyone?

Listen to some great mountain music

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or simply take in the marvelous magical displays

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Whatever strikes your holiday fancey I am sure you will find it there.

It was my second year visiting the christmas island, and I will surely be going back next year. So go ahead, take my advice and treat yo self to some festive fun

 

Roving around Resevoir Canyon

Roving around Resevoir Canyon

Sunny California at its very best

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After a proper American breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, jammy toast and a heaping cup of hazelnut coffee, the team headed out to the hills.

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you better beleaf it

We headed off onto Resevoir Canyon, a trail covered in leaves and alined with dried creek beds. On one side we had a lush little lanes into the forest

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on the opposite, rollings hills full of agave and wild sage

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After spending so much time in the Alps, returning to my Californian roots was really refreshing

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I used to view it as this dry deserted valley, with only the old oak trees and the fear of slithering snakes hidden in the tall golden grass

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but this time around it was different, the curvature and topography of the grass lands really caught my eye

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and of course the rope swing

The way the sun lights up the rolling golden hills and path ways

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sun sun mister golden sun

The little rippling rivers around the ravines

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To most people California is a place of movie stars, shopping and parties, but seldom do people spend time taking it all in.

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The beauty and adventure out there

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To me, California is much more than the man made cities, it is a view of never ending golden waves,

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the dry scented air, warmth of the cloudless sky

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and the sun kiss on your skin as you leave the hills