Bernkastel, Germany

Holy smokes what a day!

Hello, all! I hope everyone is doing really well! Today has been a ridiculously long day. It started out at 4AM German time to intense wind crashing against my window and snow/sleet falling. After breakfast, Laura, Per, and Teryn, my crewmembers and friends, decided to go for a little walk. To my surprise it was a walk down snow covered vineyards to the nearby quaint village of Bernkastel. The town is very popular in the summer for its many vineyards and boat cruises on the Middle Mosel river. Cobble streets are filled with tiny boutiques and cafés. The buildings are really quite old, one from 1490 to be exact. Try and picture that! As Laura said, Bernkastel is exactly how you would picture a German town to be, especially down to the decorum. The town has a huge down period in the winter so we basically had the entire center to ourselves. It was a pleasant afternoon walk full of much needed fresh air with wonderful friends. Continue reading


Germany ii

I know I said the next post was going to be about Kuwait, but I was way too eager to share photos of a brilliant day in rainy Germany. (Once again) I wrote about on an Instagram post (see, I told y’all!) about how I had been in a small stump. I hadn’t been feeling myself. I didn’t feel as strong or alive and instead, I felt dependent and, honestly, a little crazy. Well, on a drizzly German day I got the emotional and physical butt kicking I desperately needed. This day was full of strong pedaling, friendly animals, apple-picking, and laughter on laughter in the country side as we made our way to castle remains near by. Thank you, Kevin and Kelly for making me stronger this day, even if you didn’t realize it. I had a blast documenting our wonderful journey and am grateful to remember how much I enjoy taking photos sincerely just for the fun of taking them. This is another day I will smile brightly about years from now. And judging from how I am still sick currently, this cold will remind me of it, also. 🙂 Hence the tea at the end of the ride.

“Point is, it’s okay to have days when you aren’t your strongest. But look forward and tell yourself how much of a badass you are. Suddenly you’ll feel better and trust yourself a little easier. You’re a rockstar always in my book. Now kick some butt today and everyday 👊🏽 I believe in you”

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Oh. Germany, Germany, Germany. First off, let me just state, I never once in my life thought that I would visit Germany as many times as I did in one week. I think it was around four times that I visited the city in the South-West. Now you may be thinking, “You couldn’t have even had time to see anything while you were there those four times.” Well, person, you are a bit incorrect and a bit correct. I have not been able to adventure outside the city that much, but I have been able to familiarize myself with the surroundings enough to where I feel comfortable walking them need be. Thanks to a new very nice friend (that I actually have a lot in common with) ((hey, Kevin)), I even got to see an area completely new to me- something like a “downtown”. Kevin rented a car with two of my classmates and picked me up on the way to a festival that was occurring on a hot Sunday afternoon. First we visited the castle/fort that is in our backyard and then we made our way to K-town where we hung out at a pub with a very nice (and cute- oops) bartender and other coworkers I had just gotten the chance to meet. In a nutshell, it was very exciting to be outside the hotel, but it was way too warm to be outside/without air conditioning, even for us Texas folks. Of course Germany is going through a heat wave. And of course air conditioning isn’t a huge thing over there as it is here. These are things I just have to gets used to as I continue to travel around.

Another day I wanted to quickly share with you all was July 4th. As much as I missed being at home popping fireworks in my lawn with my family, I did get to celebrate it surrounded by cheerful patriotic Americans (and Germans). The night prior I had deadheaded (which basically means just flew commercial) with United to Frankfurt from Baltimore. Might I add, this was best flight I had been on as a passenger in a long time. Yes, I am biased because I did honestly get a bit of special attention thanks to my “Crew” luggage (first class amenity kits? Hell yeah.), but the flight attendants were all very personable and memorable. I now have even higher standards for the service I perform on my flights. Continuing on with July 4th, though, I arrived at the hotel to learn that the rest of the crew wouldn’t be present until the following day. Of course my first step is to nap (duh). Then, it is to follow the English speaking sounds to the roof top balcony where I was greeted by smiling faces and a live band about to perform. The evening was spent overlooking the German landscape, being rained on the tiniest bit, and seeing a remarkable rainbow over the castle/fort in our backyard.

I believe I’ll be visiting Germany quite a bit in the future and hopefully next time I can take the train outside and continue exploring the neighboring areas. For now though, I shall sleep in my “own” bed in Houston until Monday’s next adventure.

Stay tuned, friends.

X Mary Anna

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