Wednesday, August 8, 2012


So in my last blog entry, I told everyone that my last day is going to be December 20th. Well, turns out that I will not be coming back then, until most likely after Christmas.. :( Bummer I know.. But what can I do.. They need me!

On a lighter note, today I did an amazing craft with the kids! We had some HUGE white paper and I taped their names on it, and then proceeded to have them paint their hands and do hand prints all over the paper. They literally covered the whole paper so there was almost no white left.
Once the paint dried, I carefully removed the tape to leave their names stark white with their hand prints in the background! It truly looks amazing! I will take some photos tomorrow and post them so everyone can see what a genius I am!!

Well short and sweet.. Just wanted to update everyone about the whole mixing up of the dates.. don't forget about me for Christmas please though! :)



Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Hi every one!

So it has been quite some time since the last time I wrote here. Well to give you a brief run down of where I have been and what I have been doing lately;

Timo and I broke up, it was my choice, and things have been rocky since then, but we try to remain friends as best as possible!
Mom and Dad came to visit the first 2 weeks of July, it was so nice to see them! :)
Their first night here we went to a festival in Hoffeim that had this amazing cover band of the Bee-Gees. My dad and Mathias were in absolute HEAVEN! Not going to lie, I got into it a little as well.
After that, the family had left to go on their vacation, I believe that they went to Austria and then to Italy! So they had a wonderful time and came back all wonderful and tan!

My family left Sunday morning for Paris... We stopped in Luxembourg for the night, which was okay, minus the hotel room was literally smaller then our kitchen and it advertised Wifi, but the ONLY way to use it was to sit down in this little corner by the kitchen where you could hear the Chef yelling about the Futbol game that as going at the time. I believe it was the finals of the Euro Cup, and it was Spain VS Italy. Unfortunately the worst team won.. (Spain) ;)

After that we made our way to Paris... I praise the lord everyday for navigation. BUT even with navigation I was getting irritated with my parents because it tells you WHERE to turn, and yet, MY FATHER goes in the OPPOSITE direction.. I did not understand.. Got to the point where I would test him randomly on his lefts and rights just to make sure that he was still up to par. I swear, he thinks that just because he retired he had to stop thinking..

Well  with a mix of Portuguese swear words and some German ones as well, one or two songs that my brother and I used to sing on long road trips (This is the song that never ends....) we finally made it to Paris!

I loved it there, mostly the night time though.. they had wonderful street cafes where I was able to eat Frog's legs, which were absolutely delicious! The wine and everything was delicious! My parents got a lot of Coffee's, and since I am not so much a coffee drinker, I just got to drink a nice glass of wine during the middle of the day, or every time they stopped. :)

Our hotel was really nice as well, it was fashion week there so there were lots of skinny little girls coming in and out throughout the day and night with their hair still done from the show and their makeup. But they looked disgustingly skinny.. It's like seriously how my Ex lax do you have to drink till you are skinny enough?

Well I am sure in my parents email's they informed you everything we did, so I will skip all that.. When we came back from Paris, we still had our rental car for a few days, so we drove to Heidelberg, which was really cool.. They had this AMAZING clock in the castle we saw.. Mom realized just how bad my dad's ADD and mine were on that trip for sure.

We did a Rhein river tour where we hopped on this boat and basically went down the center of the Rhein and got to see all the ancient castles that were on the sides of the hills. Luckily they had English translation so it was nice to know what each castle was..

It was nice also because our cousin Christian came to stay with us for a few days, and we went to Rudesheim and had a wonderful dinner there with some amazing live music and just an overall amazing atmosphere, I would not mind going back there again and going wine tasting, just not on the Gondola. That thing goes SO HIGH!

While we were in Frankfurt there was the Iron Man contest going on, so that was really cool to watch. By the time we got there though it was towards the end but we were still able to watch who made it back first.. (from a bar, eating, and drinking Cola-Beers)

Also, some big news, I got into a University while I was here, it's called NHU (National Hispanic University) and I will be majoring in Liberal Studies/Criminal Justice.
I had to take a challenge exam in order to take some classes online, and this exam was basically everything that students that ACTUALLY took the test learn in a semester. Here is what I had to do:

  1. Microsoft Word: roughly 30 different little things to show that I was competent in Microsoft, as well as show that I could hyperlink a flyer to the main page, AND a PowerPoint
  2. A 10 page PowerPoint, about whatever I wanted, so of course I did Gymnastics!
  3. Microsoft Excel about 28 pages of formulas/ arranging cells how the diagram was, as well as making every different type of chart to go along with the information.
  4. Microsoft Access-- 4 separate projects, that had about 15 parts to them. Making queries, reports, tables, anything you can  think of I pretty much did.
  5. AND on top of all this I had to write a 10 page research paper in APA format. (NO idea how to do that)
I was only given 1 week to do all this. I did everything besides the research paper, and when I emailed the teacher everything asking for an extension this is what he said to me word for word;
"From what you have sent me, it shows me that you will pass the challenge exam, send me what you have and we can go from there." 10 mins later I get this email...
"Emily, don't worry about sending the research paper unless you really want to, you will be fine without it."

So of course, I did NOT send it because I was stressing major, and my brain was on reh-tard mode, and when I got the final email congratulating me that I passed with an 80%( I only needed 70%)!!!!

So now I am just waiting/ trying to sign up for my online classes that I can take so I can get this degree rolling.
Oh! Did I mention, that doing all that Microsoft stuff, it has inspired me to get certified in all of that.. So hopefully by the time I come home I can be certified in everything! :)

Overall it was a successful trip, and I was so happy to see my parents, but I know that these next 5 months are just going to FLY by, and when I get home that I will most likely be wanting to come back to Germany...

Now, that I am back in a normal routine, I plan on writing more, and traveling more, once I buy my ticket home of course, so I will have more interesting stories for sure!

I hope you all enjoyed the very brief catch up, but if I were to write everything, you would stop reading halfway through with boredom and cursing my name for being such an amazing descriptive writer...

Thanks for reading! LOVE YOU ALL!


I also wanted to add, I LOVE and MISS you Uncle Joe, I will always remember you and all the time we spent together and the times that you let me stay with you when I was in San Diego. I just miss and love you so much but you are in a better place now, and having an amazing time with other family that has passed.
I love you. RIP

Monday, May 14, 2012

Burg Eltz

Timo and I went to a castle called Burg Eltz, this one was really awesome because it was literally almost exactly the same as it had been in the 15th century. We did our own tour for the first half hour, and then we were able to jump onto an English tour and that was about another hour. It was pretty cool because we saw parts of the castle that was closed off to just anyone walking around.
I could not believe how small the beds were and the door ways! They were like perfect size for ME!!!In the castle there lived 3 families, and the "houses" were separated by walls that were 2 meters thick, soo like 6ft. They had 1 main meeting room where all the families would come together to gossip and eat and throw parties. Other then that, each of the families had its own family room, music room, and of course bedrooms.

In the house there was over 40 fireplaces, and let me tell you, these were not your average fire places! They were absolutely HUGE! I could of slept comfortably in there if I wanted to! We got to see what their bathrooms were like, it was basically a room with just a box with a hole in it.. the hole let to outside and from there it was the first system of drainage.. Well not literally but naturally.. basically the weather there was almost always rainy, so people would use the toilet and it would go into a pipe and then when the rain comes it cleans the pipe out.. pretty clever, but then I wondered what happened if there was a drought...

This was by far one of the coolest castles that I have ever seen and was so happy that we were able to go! I will put up some more photos on my facebook or google!

The girls are knocking on my wall most likely because they are trying to sleep and I am typing away rather loudly.. Sooo gotta go!

Just a little one..

So the last thing that I posted was about Amsterdam! Since then little things have happened here and there! The most recent was my trip to Munich to go see my favorite band Train perform! More on that later though..

When I got back from Amsterdam I was so happy to be on German soil, I loved it in Amsterdam but like I said previously it was way to long there! When I came back though, it was big Futball time here! Eintracht Frankfurt was one game away from getting into the first league and when they did that it was a huge celebration! I luckily got to go to the game after where they were already in the first league and were just playing to play. The really cool thing was, was that after the game all the fans ran onto the soccer field and celebrated for about an hour or so! It was so awesome to see all the fans out there chanting the songs on Frankfurt and just seeing the crowds of people!

After that, we had a day off during the week so the family and I went to a castle on the Rhein river called Rheinstein. It was a pretty small castle, but none the less it was pretty cool to see, and the views were amazing! It was a great day except the German weather is so deceiving because it looked like it was going to cold so I dressed or cold weather, and then sure enough, it turns out to be one of the hottest days in Germany! We had to climb nearly 400 stairs, and by the end of that I was thinking about just taking off my pants and walking around it was absolutely miserable! 

Leaving this one short so your minds are not blown by all the awesome times I am having here. :)

Friday, May 4, 2012


So I went to Amsterdam the first week of April. It was such an awesome place!
When I landed I had to take a train to the main station where my hostel was. Well the instructions were not very clear so I ended up going the wrong way and was walking a mile in heels carrying a very heavy suitcase before I realized that I was no near where I needed to be. Well luckily a taxi was near by and I was able to get a ride right up to my hostel. Well by the time I got there I was in desperate need of something to eat. So I went to their little hotel bar and ordered some food and met some other local travelers. The hostel people were so nice because since they knew that I was traveling by myself they introduced me to another girl who was by herself and we hit it off!
While we were sitting there we were introduced to a local named Hans. He was really cool, and showed us around the red light district. Yes, that is where my hostel was located. Well it was a little awkward because Hans liked his Hookers. He ended up showing us who his favorites were and some were actually calling him by his name and asking if he was going to be joining them. It was incredibly awkward but at the same time it is acceptable to do so because sex is so open and welcome there in Amsterdam.
Well after that, I ended up meeting some more people and we all went out for the night, it was about 10 of us total, super awesome people and all just looking to have a good time and get to know people. We went to a few different bars and overall it was a life experience that I will never forget!

The next day I went and met up with Nikki's cousin Luuk. We went out to a nice little cafe and had some dinner and just chatted and then he took me to his local watering hole where we watched the Barcelona, Milan soccer match, and that was exciting because it was a bunch of his friends and the people really got into it!

The next day I went to the hotel that Timo had gotten for me. It was a hotel in Val an Dam. It was a really nice hotel, just in the middle of no where and the view outside my window was some very nice and friendly ghosts. It was kind of funny because I would open my blinds and BAM there would be some ghosts standing there just staring at me. Well when I got there on Wednesday I had become really really sick and could not get out of bed. So I got very comfortable with the bed there for a few days.
Timo came into Amsterdam Friday night and we just hung around the hotel and had dinner and just relaxed. On Saturday we went into Amsterdam and toured around. We did one of those hop on and hop off canal tours! It was super awesome!
Towards the end of our day we went to the Ice Bar where you are given a coat and some gloves, and put into a room completely made of ice, you get 2 free drinks and the cups are made out of ice so it was really awesome. You are there for essentially 45 minutes and have to keep jumping around and moving to stay warm! It was a great experience even though next time I will be wearing better shoes! LOL

On Sunday Timo left and then on Monday I was back home myself. 7 days in Amsterdam is great, but it was a little too long to be by myself for most of the trip! But I enjoyed myself no matter what! :)

Okay, my hands hurt real bad, so then I will write my next 2 blogs maybe tomorrow or Monday. AND I will post up pictures once I figure out how to make photo bucket work without destroying my computer!!


So sorry that it has been awhile, I have been very very busy! I have a lot to talk about so I will be breaking up it up between a bunch of different blogs! :)

Well back in March I went to my first Sauna experience, Nikki had warned me that it was going to be shocking because apparently a lot of people get naked and walk around like it is nothing. WELL it is something.. Something to those who are totally not used to seeing that when you just want to go swimming or just relax.

The place that we went to was a super nice place, there is a movie theater there so if you want to take a break from swimming all you have to do is hop out of the pool and you can walk a few steps and then BAM you are in the movie theater watching Alvin and the Chipmunks in German.
The lower pools are for those people that actually wear swim suits. There is 1 really big pool, a salt pool which is really really good for your skin, and then like 5 different jacuzzi's. The jacuzzi's were different tempatures so that was really nice, and the pools are always warm, so its really nice to just walk in and not have to be freezing right away!

Upstairs is where it gets scary. You walk through this cave like thing and you come up to a set of lockers where people start stripping down in front of you like it is nothing. Well when I see this I turn away, but when I turned I looked down and was hit with seeing a pool full of naked men and women just swimming around like it was nothing. There were 3 or 4 guys just hanging out on a wall naked, smoking, drinking, eating Bratwurst. It was a total culture shock to me. Well when I turned around from that Timo has already started laughing at me because I am a bright red and just have my head in my hands trying to erase those images. But little did I know it was only going to get better.

We go into the area where you can lay down and get tan. You have the choice to wear your swimsuit or be naked, well I chose to wear my swimsuit, there was no way that I was going to strut my stuff in front of a bunch of strangers. The tanning beds are in sort of like indiviual caves, but you can still see if someone is inside from outside, well Timo and I are just walking around looking for an open bed when all of a sudden it goes from empty to.... PENIS EVERYWHERE! I look to my right, PENIS, look to my left, PENIS, just when I thought it was done and I am in histerics, I decide to uncover my eyes and all of a sudden there is the last one and it was horrible. I had to run out of there because I was laughing so hard and LOUD. I was not expecting to see all of that and I was not warned that it was going to be out there!!! Timo thought it was hilarious of course, and I just made a bee line down stairs where they actually wear clothes..
It was the most European experience that I have ever had... Something I will have to get used to I guess..

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My week and upcoming adventures!

So, this past week has been really cool! Montag to Frietag (Monday to Friday) was the usual, go to class, take care of the girls! On Tuesday, Talya stayed home because she had the stomach flu. I think she just wanted to stay home just because but that was okay, we just hung out and watched movies and did crafts! On Friday night I went out with Timo's friend Kai's girlfriend, Christina. We hung out at her house and then went to a local bar here in Kelkheim before we went and met up with Timo's soccer time at the club called City Club in Kelkheim. It was a really fun night! Timo's soccer team is absolutely hilarious and they are all super nice! Hanging out with the girls was good too because the more I meet the better! :)
On Saturday I woke up so excited because not only was in St. Patty's day, but it was Mom's birthday, AND I had had my first dream in German! Even though it was mostly just the simple things (bitte-please and endshuldagung-excuse me) I was sooo happy! Well to top off the awesome morning it was soo pretty outside and actually warm for once! So Timo and I decided to take a trip to Frankfurt and go sit by the Main River! Well when we got there, there was this huge street fair thing going on. I was super excited but when we crossed one of the bridges I soon realized that it was just a humongous garage sale! Either way, it was still cool to walk through it all and see what everyone was offering! Well we got some lunch and sat by the river for awhile and then decided it was time to go home to get ready for our St. Pattys day night!
Timo had no idea that St. Patrick's day even existed before I came along and told him about it. I said to him ; "ohh can we please please go to Frankfurt and go to Saxonhausen to go to one of the Irish Pub's there for St. Patrick's day!? It will remind me of home..." So of course he had no choice but to say yes, plus I put on my best puppy dog face and made those really big pleading eyes! Well I told him he had to wear green or else I was going to pinch him, and he looked at me like I was crazy, but I explained what it meant and finally he brought out a green jacket! We went to an Irish Pub, called "The Irish Pub" and they had green beer and food! We got there around 730 and it was not very busy, we left and came back with his friend Sarah around 9 and it was completly packed! It was insane! But so cool because at first I did not think that anyone would dress up in Green especially no Germans, but it turns out that EVERYONE was wearing green, or dressed up like a leprachaun! It was awesome!
After that bar we went to a bar next to the Main River to celebrate Timo's friend Felix's birthday! It was really cool because the whole bar was closed and it was just his friends that were inside drinking and having a great time! We left though around 1 because we were so tired!
On Sunday, it was more of a relaxing day! Timo went to soccer and I was just hanging out at home chilling with the girls. Even though Aimee had caught what Talya had so I tried to steer clear of her as best as possible!

Monday went by with just Aimee staying home, and Tuesday as well. Today (Wednesday) Aimee went to school but I ended up having to go to her school and pick her up because she decided to have her lunch evacuate through her mouth. So now as I write this her and I are just sitting on the couch watching some German cartoon while Talya is outside working on her homework in the sun!

Well onto my upcoming plans! 
April 2nd-9th I will be in Amsterdam! Timo is going to be joining me April 6th-8th. My original plan was to stay in a hostel for all of those nights, and then I found out how expensive it would be and decided that I had to find an alternative and that staying in a hostel for all those nights would be my last resort! Well, then Nikki came up with the idea of couchsurfing, it is completely free and you have a place to sleep. The downside is is that essentially you do not know the person you would be staying with except for writing emails to each other. Well, when Timo heard this he about freaked out and said that he did not want me doing that. So he decided that while he is out here he will get a hotel for the both of us. Well then today he informed me that he got a hotel for me from the 4th-9th. I guess he REALLY REALLY did not want me couch surfing! So now I am staying in a hotel by myself for 2 nights until he gets to Amsterdam and then I will stay there another night before I have to leave for the airport on the 9th.

Here is the link to the hotel that I will be staying at so you guys can check it out and everything! :) 

As far as the hostel that I will be staying at, that is still up in the air, but I know that it will be a completely safe and awesome one! :) There will be many more pictures to come of my trip!

Thanks for reading! xoxo