We suited up in our Bavarian Trachtenmode and headed to Munich for the last weekend of Oktoberfest. The train the crowded, the walk was long, and the beer was, well, we wouldn’t know, because, we couldn’t find a seat to have beer, but it was all worth it because we met our dear friends, Sacha and Aigulle. Oh, and Rainier got to ride a pony!
To celebrate fall, we headed to the Czech Republic for beer and pumpkins.
After more than a year away from home, we couldn’t wait to spend some time with family and friends, soak in the New Orleans sun, and eat some good cajun food. We even got to celebrate Willow and Bria’s 2nd birthday!
I headed to Berlin for the BUKA final meeting in July. It was filled with great views, group photos, and a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and of course . . . all the feels as we officially ended our BUKA adventure. Read more about my year-end reflections here.
One of the benefits in living in a building with an open store front downstairs is the ability to pop up a gallery for Art Night. Here’s Soren and his assistant getting everything ready.
One of my best friends (and debate partners) is my college roomie, Meredith. Meredith is a rock star educator and gets sent all over the world to work with/learn from/teach other educators. Luckily for me, this summer, she was studying the Bavarian education system right down the road in Regensberg. We actually stopped there on our way back from Berlin and kidnapped her from the Regensberg hauptbahnhof and took her to Passau for a couple days.
The thing about old good friends is that you don’t skip a beat, doesn’t matter how long it’s been. To start things off, we grabbed a beer and lunch and debated politics. After that, some Rainier time. Then, Mere and I had dinner, during which we engaged in good old-fashioned girl talk over Italian food and wine.
From the two girls who probably managed to snap a gazillion photos of themselves together in the early 2000s, before the days of iPhones and selfie sticks, we somehow managed to get a single photo together in Germany.
But, DAMN we look good.
Love ya Mere Bear!
We headed to Berlin for the Alexander von Humboldt Annual Meeting.
First order of business – reception with the Federal President at the Schloss Bellevue. We put on our presidential best and headed to the castle.
Since Rainier’s motor skills were rapidly progressing, we thought it was time for him to have his own auto!
Of course, Mercedes Benz, was the first choice.
Rainier was quite pleased with the audio features on his new Benz.