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So, this blog has come to an end

I am currently home and back to life as I left it 3 months ago. My time in Germany was amazing to say the least.

I have learned so much at work which has opened my eyes on how varying departments function and how it all contributes and connects as a whole.

enchanting heidelberg
Heidelburg day 022

Heidelburg day 022

I have learned that judging people based on past history is not only a waste of time and energy but brain cells.

Heidelburg day 079

Heidelburg day 079

I have learned that I can live away from my family, friends and comfort zones very well. I just need to have sounding boards and support from said family and friends but otherwise, I can survive.

If I can survive in Germany, I am certain I can live anywhere I set my heart to.

austrian alps

I now know what the missing link was in my life. I have finally found it.

I understand and accept that no matter how exciting something is, there is always an adjustment period but waiting it out can lead to dynamic and wonderful things!

fav. house in strasbourgh, france

I am a different person than I was three months ago.

beautiful germany

Making new friends is very possible and exciting.

pouring rain outside, warm and dry inside my office building

Once I opened up, so did other people.

If you read this blog from the beginning, I thank you, and you will see mainly the positive of my three month stint in Deutschland. Trust me when I say that some spots were very ROUGH! I was not always happy while living here, especially in the beginning, however like in all things, I learned that I have to make myself happy in all situations. I can't rely on others for that.

Germany has touched me so deeply. On my second last night in Stuttgart a few colleagues and friends took me out to celebrate my time here. We all had a great time. So good in fact we left the club when the sun was coming up and I got home on the first train of the day, 5:45am! After the party, we were starving so stopped at a doner place to get a quick snack (just like every other party goer in the city-it is always packed and lively in the city but surprisingly orderly and safe) when I happened to bump (literally) into a couple of coworkers. We ended up speaking for an hour on my stay and their lives etc.. It was great if a bit fuzzy. :)
But before all that and while at the club, the song, "Time of my Life" came on and I have to admit that I choked up a bit as I sang out the song and danced. I feel like I had the time of my life in Deutschland and am beyond happy I came. In fact, I barely have the words to express my feelings of bliss and elation with this country.

germanys countryside on a train

It has been an amazingly rewarding experience. I am beyond happy that I came and that I was able to get so much out from it. I will have some amazing memories and people stored in my heart. I am overwhelmed with emotions right now. And, I think this is a good place to end this blog and close this part of my life.

Thank you for reading and sharing along with my journey into one of the most amazing and fun countries I have had the privilage to live in.

Peace out!

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Today marks the 1 month mark

Exactly 1 month from today, I will be sitting on a plane bound for Germany. Excited? Yes! Scared? Yep. Happy? Hell ya!

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3rd weekend plans

For my 3rd weekend in Germany I would like to stay local. Not in Stuttgart but in the country that is. That is why I am choosing Cologne (Koln) & Frankfurt. I was told by my friends here and in Germany that Koln is really nice and is a must see. So, of course I have to see!

These are my plans for April 18-19 weekend.
I plan on taking the ICE train (or using my Eurail pass-if I get one) to Koln Saturday morning. I contemplated Friday night but I would have to spend money on accomodations and since Koln is only 2.14 hours away, there is no need. Right now, it looks like I would do the following for my Koln/Frankfurt weekend:

-Saturday: Catch the 5:51am train ex Stuttgart to Koln. Arrive 8:05am. Take a gander around the city, do a city tour, take lots of pictures.
-Catch the 6:54pm train to Frankfurt. Arrive 7:51pm.
-Check into a hostel close to the city center
-Sunday: Take a 1/2 day tour and set out on my own
-Catch the 6:40pm train. Arrive in Stuttgart at 9pm.

Interesting to note: The cost to see both Koln and Frankfurt is the same price if I choose to visit Koln only.

I will wait to book this trip when I get to Germany as sometimes the ICE has seat sales and I am hoping I will be lucky. If not, the price will more or less be the same as what is posted now.

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1st Holiday - Easter Weekend - Possibilities

Basically from the get-go, I have a long holiday weekend upon my arrival in Germany. Great, right? Well, I am trying so hard to plan a trip. The choices are plentiful but the same time limiting. I want and need to fly out of Stuttgart as the train is apparently 5 walking minutes away from my hotel and the airport is about a 10 minute ride. So, getting to the aiport is easy from what my friend, B, told me. My sources are Grman Wings and Air Berlin. I have noticed that the flights prices inter-Europe aren't great but they aren't horrible either BUT the taxes is what makes travel very expensive. The days of euro 25.00 trips are over. At least for right now.

So far, for April 10-13 long weekend, the contenders for visits include:

-Barcelona, Spain. Why? Everyone says it is amazing there. It is a must see for Spain and Europe in general. So far the flight and hostel prices aren't bad. They aren't good either but I expect this. It is a holiday weekend after all.

-Toulouse, France. France? Enough said. It looks so goregous here and they seem to have some really great day tours which I would like to take.

-Split, Croatia. I have a slight facination with this country for some weird reason. When I was booking my trafalgar tours vacation, I was really excited about this destination because of it's uniqueness with its red topped homes and beautiful green, lush mountains. I read really good things about this place so it will stay on my list.

My list is short as I don't want to give myself too many options so as to not confuse and stress myself out with all the great possibilites. I would like to book my ticket by the end of February so I will sure to update you'all once I do.

To Do List:
--Complete extensive research on the above 3 possibilities
-Finalize my destination
-Book flight our April 10-13, 2009
-Book a hostel for 3 nights that is close to the city centre
-Book at 2 seperate day tours (I will feel safer in a group setting than exploring on my own-also, I might get lost)

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