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2011 in photos

I am posting this about a week late, but I had a great time looking through photos from the last year and thought I would share them.  Be warned, this is a very photo-heavy post.  Although I am sure you are probably used to them around here :)

We rang in 2011 with Travis Jay and Randall eating WAY too much delicious food and champagne in Santa Barbara.  Intimate New Year’s celebrations are my absolute fave.

We gave Andreas a proper (and very short) tour of Los Angeles

sent out our save the dates

traveled to Berlin to photograph a story for Matchbook Magazine’s second issue
< celebrated Andreas's 29th birthday in Karlsruhe watching fußball
spent a few lazy afternoons by the river in Strasbourg

took lots and lots of bike rides

sold my car and bought a VESPA!

went to Messdi and drank some schnapps

visited Istanbul and fell in love with the city (again) and wrote a travel story for Matchbook Magazine

we spent our summer exploring new lakes and appreciating our gorgeous region

went to Paris to celebrate Nica & Didier’s wedding

went to Santa Barbara to celebrate Travis and Randall’s wedding.  this was right before I gave my maid of honor speech…. on a stage in front of 150 people.  so so nervous.

I photographed my dear friend Kala’s new baby, Elaia.  She was one week old :)

my girlfriends in San Francisco surprised me with a bachelorette party on a boat!

we fell head over heels for Emmy Lou

watched the Giants crush the Dodgers

enjoyed the glory of summer in the Black Forest.  Late evening swims with our niece and nephew

went to the Titisee for my birthday

we got MARRIED!

explored Provincetown

relished in newlywed bliss

made our annual Faux-giving

freezed in Munich visiting Mary for her birthday.

celebrated our first Christmas together in Germany.  and then moved across the country.

all in all, 2011 was pretty amazing… but I think 2012 might be even better :)

Hope 2012 is off to a great start for you too!

the voice of germany

To be completely honest, I am not the biggest fan of television but somehow I find myself smitten with a couple German TV shows: Bauer sucht Frau (a farmer dating show- which surely needs an entire blog post dedicated to it) and The Voice of Germany.  Knowing that they film the live shows for The Voice of Germany in Berlin, I randomly signed us up for their mailing list for tickets; although of course the night they went on sale I forgot all about it and by the time I remembered, they were all sold out :(

Last Friday morning after an epic 2 hour skype call with two of my girlfriends in San Francisco, I got an email saying there were a handful tickets available for the nights taping of The Voice, and since our night’s plans involved building furniture and a trip to Ikea (I know, WILD!), I ditched our hot ikea date and got us two tickets.  It ended up being really fun, Andreas was on TV a couple times and even though my hands hurt from clapping for 4 hours straight, there are some really talented singers competing and I loved it.  After the show I realized that out of the 12 contestants who sang on Friday, 3 of the singers were American expats and it just so happens my favorite is one of those 3.  Watch the video and you will definitely see why he is my fave :)

I hope you all had wonderful weekends! We did make it to Ikea on Saturday and I now know never to go to Ikea again on a Saturday- it was complete madness.  We probably should have turned around when we drove into the parking lot and it was completely full.  Although I suppose it was worth it, our flat is a whole lot more live-able now and we finally unpacked our clothes and finished building our closet. That’s right, closet. Because German apartments don’t have closets, so we have the biggest wardrobe ikea sells and it was a total nightmare to rebuild after we moved it to Berlin. A bit of advice, if you want to keep your sanity, do NOT buy a pax wardrobe from ikea. Thankfully after a week of pain, it is finally finished and filled with clothes – no more rifling through boxes each morning to get dressed :)  Major upgrade!

Greetings from Berlin!

sunset at 3:30 in the afternoona very scary looking baby jesus…. the photo does it no justice
To say the last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind would be a serious understatement, but they were also an amazing few weeks.  We had a wonderful time with my parents: we threw our German wedding party, road tripped to Luxembourg for the day, celebrated Christmas with Andreas’s family, and finally packed our apartment into a van and drove to Berlin (which we could NOT have done without their help). Their time in Germany seemed to fly by, but I feel so incredibly blessed that they made the trip to spend the holidays with us- we had so much fun together.  I got real real lucky in the family department :)  We spent our last day together walking around the city and exploring our new home, and of of course had to fit in one more Christmas Market before the year ended and stopped by the Gendarmenmarkt Weihnachtsmarkt.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, I have so much to share from the past few weeks, so stay tuned, hopefully you won’t hate me for posting Christmas pictures in the middle of January.  We are slowly unpacking and settling into our new apartment (which I am madly in LOVE with), Andreas started his new job yesterday and I will be commuting back to the Black Forest for work a couple days a week until the end of the month.  So things are still pretty crazy around here, but I am oh so happy to be finished with the move, even if we don’t have any furniture and our “dinner table” is currently a box of picture frames.  If any of you know any great online European furniture shops or stores here in Berlin please share!

and I hope 2012 is off to a great start for all of you!  I have a feeling this is going to be a really good year :)

What are you doing New Years Eve?

Maybe you have seen this already, it has been all over the internet, but I loved it too much not to share.  Aren’t they the cutest?  I definitely had the biggest crush on him during his 3rd Rock from the Sun days…. hopefully they will record something together someday soon because I LOVE this.

How are you ringing in the new year?  The boy and I have plans to make dinner here in our new apartment and have a bottle of champagne to celebrate with…. and maybe will walk the streets of our new city and check out the fireworks at Brandenburger Tor.  New Years Eve is always a night I prefer to spend with my newest and dearest rather than at a big party, and this year especially after the crazy few weeks we have had, I am really looking forward to a night just me and my man.  Happy New Year!!


a few instagram snaps from our weekend in Berlin.  Sorry for the blog-silence here last week, pretty much every free moment outside of work was spent scouring the internet for an apartment, it was madness.  The good news is that all of our searching paid off and we found a lovely flat to call home :)  The picture on the bottom left is the view from our new front door of the Fernsehenturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz.
We spent most of Saturday running from apartment viewing to apartment viewing and on Sunday morning with a bit of free time, decided to check out a flat in the most amazing location, even if it was a little more than our budget.  Of course we instantly fell in love with the renovated Altbau (it was built in 1918) and it’s high ceilings and giant windows. 5 minutes after we had turned in the application we got a phone call from the landlord saying that it was all ours and we signed the contract before our train ride home.  It was all in all a very busy but successful weekend and I could not be more excited about our upcoming move, Berlin is such an incredible city.


Some big changes around here…. we will start 2012 off with a new home!  We are making the move to Berlin next month and while we still need to find a place to live, are SO excited.  I for one, cannot wait to be back living in a city.  The Black Forest is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but for me, nothing compares to the action and excitement of living in a city.  Surely there will be lots of adventures to come, so stay tuned! :)

photos from my Berlin travel story from Matchbook Mag’s Issue 2

I heart berlin

a short and lovely weekend getaway in berlin. the forecast projected rain for the whole weekend, but we were spared and even blessed with a bit of sunshine, except for a brief downpour right before we left for the train station. i decided it was the city’s tears, crying because it didn’t want us to leave :(

Mini Ashley sized doors :) even in heels i think its just my size….

Asian food and a beer after a very early morning and long train= perfect lunch

oh how i miss living in a city. the art, culture, food, the energy of city life, walking aimlessly making new discoveries …. and so much more…. :(

Now i suppose i need to focus on all the beautiful things I am surrounded by now in our quiet little city: the forests, the lakes, long bike trails…. the warm months of the year are definitely the best here being able to be outside, please come soon spring!