Thursday, May 3, 2012


Sorry it's been so long without an update! So what's new in Bayern?

Well first off the weather is GORGEOUS! It's an absolute dream. Everything is green and beautiful, blue skies, green grass, birds chirping, flowers blooming, festivals starting. I can't believe that it's already May and that I've been here so long already. It's so nice to see that winter is gone gone gone.

Fionn and I are doing great. We've had so many great opportunities to get out and enjoy the area as well as spend time together and be an annoying young couple in luuurve ;)

I've looked into some volunteering and have met some really nice people that way. I've also made a friend my age whose husband works with Fionn. We met up for a lunch date in the neighboring city and it was a really fun time. Nice to find someone with common interests!

This weekend was the Volksfest, which is like a carnival plus a beer festival. So you've got sketchy looking rides, all kinds of carnival food, booths where you can win stuffed animal prizes, and then a big Bavarian beer tent with women in dirndls selling huge mugs of beer bigger than your head.

We went the first night but didn't stay long. Saturday we went to Nürnberg and ran into an Italian festival going on. It was pretty cool and had tons of cool food and even had a small Venetian carnival roaming around. Such cool costumes! We felt bad for the chocolate seller since almost his entire selection was melting under the hot sun. Poor guy! :(

It was a pretty warm day, so we stopped for ice cream and cold drinks. I stopped for an iced tea at Starbucks and they wrote my name as "Schanen". Points for creativity!

so. many. dirndls.

Fionn's coworkers were meeting up at the Volksfest that night and wanted everyone to come in traditional Bavarian clothes. I've been bugging him for almost a year to buy some lederhosen, and he finally gave in and bought some while we were in Nürnberg! I thought he looked great, and besides, when will we get the chance to wear this again once we leave Bavaria?

So that night, after a long, stuffy train ride home from Nürnberg, we got dressed and headed to the Volksfest. I wore my dirndl, he had his lederhosen. We were ready.

We had a really good time on Saturday! A bunch of the other wives were there so we hung out together and chatted over maß beer. I only had one since I was driving. I met a bunch of Fionn's coworkers and later into the night we watched fireworks. Towards the end of the night his boss decided to get the party started and got up on stage with the band and sang "Sweet Home Alabama". Yep. That actually happened haha. He was actually pretty good, and the crowd (especially the Americans) loved it. Everybody was dancing and clapping and singing along. It was really cool.

We were about to leave when I met some more of Fionn's coworkers-they were all excited to meet me since they'd heard about me since our dating days and wanted to tell me (maybe the booze helped them on a little) how happy they were for us and how much they loved working with Fionn and what a great leader he was. I thought that was really touching. I invited them over for dinner sometime, but we'll see if they remember my invite ;)

Sunday was church, then lazy afternoon and then we drove back to Nürnberg to watch the Avengers in English (yeah!) and then have dinner and a fancy Thai place. It was a fun date night :)

This week has been quiet but fun nonetheless. I'm trying to do all my last minute wedding planning and plan my flights back to the US. I went to the Wives' Club tonight and mentioned planning our church wedding and I'm not kidding-EVERYONE at the table was like, oh, we did that too! So that was cool to talk with other people who had done it. I guess it just kinda goes with the lifestyle eh? Get the important things done first, save the rest for when you've got time. I kind of like that about this life. You're always living in the moment.

Anywho, gotta get to bed. Lots of love to all of you!

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