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

Monday, March 5, 2012


                                                  The Dome!

                                         ME in front of the Giant Cathedral!

                                         Close up of the Catherdal.. So beautiful!
                                         Such intricate designs! I love it!

                                         The inside!

                                         The top!

                                            A picture Timo took of a photo of the Cathedral at night

                                              Stained glass! :)

                                            Outside view

                                                The chocolate fountain!

                                         Nom Nom Nom!

                                        Thought Mom would appreciate this one

                                        Noahs Ark!

                                        Outside the chocolate factory! :)

It's been awhile...

Sorry that it has been forever since I have written on here. I have had a bunch of busy weeks and it has been hard to find time to write on here. I will do the best that I can to catch up on what I have been doing since the last time you heard from me! :)
So, I had my birthday here which was part of Carnival.. It is basically like this 2 week party where they don't go to work some days and have a huge parade and all the young kids pretty much go out every night. Oh, and the attire when you go out is almost like Halloween, except its not so dark. It is more just really funny costumes and everyone out to have a good time! Well, my birthday was the last day of celebration, so of course it was a big party for everyone and my friends! So apparently here they celebrate INTO your birthday. So a bunch of us went out on the Monday before my birthday(2/20) and we went to a giant hall and just danced and had champagne. Well midnight rolls around and before I know it my friends had bought a bottle of champagne and passed a glass to everyone in our group and toasted to my birthday. It was pretty one of the single most favorite moments in my life. It just totally blew my mind how these people had not even known that I had existed 2 months prior to this night and they were treating me as if I had been in their group of friends for years! I loved it! :)
Well not long after midnight I decided it was time to go home because I was overly exhausted and just wanted to be in my own bed. So Timo got me home safe and sound! :) For those of your wondering who Timo is, I am just going to stop all the guessing, he is my boyfriend here and is such a great guy! We were introduced around the beginning of February from a mutual friend and we just hit it off and slowly things progressed into something substantial. I was not really looking for a relationship, but he is a super good guy and makes me really happy so I could not pass it up!
Well for my present from Timo he took me to a city about 2 hours away from Kelkheim called Cologne. It is such a beautiful old city. When we first arrived there was a huge protest going on, my host father told me it was about some recent murders that have been going on to foreigners.. Do not worry there are no murders going on around this area of Germany. He said that it is mostly in East Germany. Well they were protesting that, and that was kind of cool to see because there were so many people on the street and loud music and just crazy crazy people!
When we checked into our hotel we immediately walked to the main shopping center, which you HAVE TO (oh no....) walk through in order to get to the main cathedral and the chocolate factory! We got to the cathedral, which is called "The Dome" and it is sooo massive! It was insane! Something that I was not expecting to see. From far away it does not look that big, and then you get up close and it is totally insane! We went inside and it was breathtaking.. Everything was just so beautiful! I have many pictures that I will post up for everyone to see!
Well after that we went to the Chocolate Factory! This was Timo's favorite part of the whole trip.. part of me thinks that he just used my birthday as excuse to go to the chocolate factory! ;) No, but it was totally cool! They gave you the history of Chocolate and even had a green room that shows you how hott and humid the weather is that the coco bean has to grow in.. We literally walked through that one so fast.. It was sooo hot!! LOL! Timo was sooo excited to be there that there was one point where he saw a chocolate fountain, and I kid you not, he was in front of me one minute and then the next he was running to the chocolate fountain. He was greatly disappointed though once he realized that you were only given one sample.. Needless to say he wanted to go and get some more but was unable to do so...
We then went out in Cologne and it was really cool. It is nice because all the clubs and bars here cater to the fact that they don't want people to drink and drive because everything is really close together and there are cabs around EVERYWHERE!
Well after my weekend in Cologne it was time to buckle down and study because I had a very important Visa test on Friday. Basically this test determined if I had to go out of the country for a weekend and get a new stamp, or if I had to wait until May to take the test again. So I literally had to study soo much German and have a basic grasp on my German, which I do! :) Needless to say, all the studying and staying in and being a good student paid off and I had passed my test and now everything is finally set in motion! Well after I passed my test on Friday, I was set for a great weekend! I was going out with Timo and some other friends to a bar/restaurant in Frankfurt, and then Saturday I was babysitting and then on Sunday I was going to another Soccer game here! The teams name is Eintracht Frankfurt, and once again they won! :) Of course they won when I had left to go to the restroom and then as soon as I came back they scored so the joke the rest of the game was "Emily, go to the bathroom, we need to score again!" LOL Well, they still won even though I did not leave again to go to the restroom!

Well now that I have caught everyone up to pretty much with all the main stuff that is going on in my life I will now put up some pictures for you all! :)