Category archives: summer

an Amsterdam video

I put together a little video from our trip to Amsterdam back in June.  I am having the best time playing around with video, and learning how to edit in Photoshop CS6.  I just need to try and remember when I am out and about that my camera does more than just take pictures- I guess I sort of need to retrain myself to not just see the world as still images, but also as moving pictures.  I also need to learn to hold the camera a bit more still while filming video ;)

Thanks again to House Trip for hosting our Amsterdam trip!  The sunset shots were taken at the amazing apartment we stayed at.

More Amsterdam posts:

High Tea at Gartine  |  Instagram Amsterdam  |  Amsterdam

exploring berlin | Schlachtensee

It seems that we may have already seen the last days of summer here in Berlin, but we did have a few lovely and hot days spent by the water.  When the temperatures spike, it seems everyone in the city sprints to the lakes and the Schlachtensee is one of the easiest to reach (as it lies directly off the sbahn line 1)- that also means when the weather is nice, it is VERY crowded.  I have heard lots of complaints about the lack of summer-esque weather this year in Berlin, but we were lucky to have spent a few days at the Schlachtensee, enjoying the trail which wraps around the lake and trying (albeit sort of unsuccessfully) to teach Hazel to swim.  My fingers are crossed in hopes of a few more summer days before I break out my jackets and scarves once again!

More snaps of the lake by Zoë in Überlin’s post

saturday by bicycle

We had planned to go away to the Baltic Sea for the birthday weekend, but after Andreas spoiled me rotten on my birthday and a few crazy busy weeks, we decided to just hang out here in Berlin.  So Saturday when we had no plans and were graced with a beautiful summer day, we hopped on our bicycles with no real destination in mind.  Something we used to do all the time in the Black Forest, just riding around exploring new places is one of my all-time favorite ways to spend a sunny day.  We ended up in Treptower Park and made it to the Insel Berlin (also known as Insel der Jugend), a little island in the middle of the Spree, which  I have now declared one of my favorite places in the city.  The little biergarten on the island is so sweet and you can sit directly on the water and watch the boats pass by- it was truly one of the best days in ages and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face :) Riding back to Mitte along the Spree at sunset was absolutely gorgeous and I had to resist the urge to stop every 10 feet to take a picture- again reminded me how lucky I am to call this city home.

Santa Barbara

a boy madly in love with California ♥
It is funny how time and distance can completely change your perspective.  I attended college in Santa Barbara and while it is an undoubtedly a beautiful place, I was never in love with the small city.  Now as I get older I see Santa Barbara in a whole new light, and while it may never be “my city”, I love spending time there while we are in California.  We spent 5 days there in July for my brother’s wedding and one night while waiting for a table at Brophy Bros we stolled around the harbor at sunset and I suddenly could no longer remember any of the things I disliked about Santa Barbara when I lived there- that California sunshine is some kind of magic.


reflections at Treptower Park

flowers Andreas bought me at the farmers market
He always shoots me a rose :)
It has been a while since little Miss Hazel graced this blog, I am sure you are all having withdrawls ;)

Here are a few random snaps from our weekend here in Berlin.  After seeing posters all over the city announcing the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Volksfest (German-American Festival), on a whim Andreas and I decided to check it out.  It was like most German festivals, except with American food & drink stands selling expensive soda and processed foods, a statue of liberty wearing a thong, huge printed Americana billboards complete with one of Mount Rushmore, and lots of rides.  I am slightly obsessed will all things carnival-esque so these types of fests are always lots of fun for me, even if they are incredibly cheesy and really designed for children.  We rode go-carts on a track that looked like it could collapse at any moment and the carts themselves were way past their prime, although that just made the ride both thrilling and terrifying :)

Andreas’s aunt is staying with us right now so we spent lots of time exploring the city by foot and visited Treptower Park for the first time yesterday which is lovely and super clean- which is a big plus when Hazel is around.  Speaking of dogs eating crap off the ground, Hazel ate an olive pit and a chocolate covered almond on Saturday, both of which caused her to be super sick, which meant a sleepless Saturday night for all of us :(  If anyone has tips about training your dog not to eat off the sidewalk, I am all ears!

rehearsal dinner + tacos

To be completely honest, I have never been much of a taco girl.  I love fish tacos, but I have been known to be a little obsessed with veggie burritos and always thought tacos were too greasy. After my recent taco experience, I am sold.  My brother and his new wife, Katie, wanted to have a big rehearsal dinner so everyone could attend, as it was a mini-destination wedding and almost everyone was traveling to get there.  My mama and I did lots of research to try and help plan the friday night dinner, but when they mentioned the idea of a taco stand, it was clear that was the best choice ever.  The taco stand came up from LA for the occasion and their food was AMAZING.  Even just writing this post my mouth is watering just thinking about the tacos, quesadillas and guacamole- what I would do for a homemade corn tortilla!  I really should have posted this while I was still in California, because looking at these tacos is torture right now.  Berlin might have some mexican food, but I don’t think it comes close (although, I guess I haven’t tried it all yet).  To my California friends looking for a caterer for an upcoming event, Nana’s Tacos were amazing and really affordable.

view from the train

When we arrived in California we spent a short day shopping, eating and exploring with our friend Rade.  Instead of renting a car like we usually do, this trip we decided to take the train up the coast to my hometown of San Luis Obispo,.  Trains are typically my favorite way to travel because they are so relaxing, but before this trip I had only rode the train in California once- for my friend Carrie’s 13th birthday when we rode down the coast two hours to Santa Barbara.  Train travel in California is not particularly fast or convenient, but the views between LA and San Luis are particularly gorgeous and worth the trip alone.  Boarding the train at Union Station in LA gave the trip a bit of a old fashioned, romantic, feeling and the slow speed on the train definitely added to that ;)  I made a short little video of the view from our window on the Coast Starlight train, enjoy :)

Griffith Observatory


Bringing Andreas back to California gives us a great excuse to do some sightseeing, and I have realized how many places in my beautiful home state I myself have never even visited.  We spent a whooping 24 hours in Los Angeles after we arrived in California last week and after some shopping at the Grove, headed up to the Griffith Observatory before our dinner reservations for some amazing views of the city.  Los Angeles was never a city I could ever see myself living, but I have to admit it is starting to grow on me…. I should probably thank my dear friend Rade for that- his love for Los Angeles is contagious. :)


cute boys :)
Just a few random snaps from the weekend.  Two of my best friends from California are visiting us right now and it has been so much fun showing them our new home.  Summer is here and the warm Friday evening was spent in the park with barbecuing with friends– I FINALLY bought us a grill and it might just be the best purchase ever.  Saturday was Travis’s 30th birthday and we started the day off at Cafe Einstein– their brunch is pretty amazing, did a little shopping at KaDeWe, and finished the day off dancing at Berghain.  As this was his golden birthday, we are continuing the celebrations for the rest of the week :) Getting older only means more fabulous birthday celebrations, right?

Café Einstein Stammhaus
Kurfürstenstraße 58