ready or not

here we come, germany!

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*squeals* Holy Mother of God! TODAY IS THE DAY! Today is the day that I am getting on a plane and heading to Munich, Germany. Honestly, this day has been lingering in my future for far too long. I cannot believe it is here and I am beyond ecstatic about it. Once this blog is posted, I am strolling on to a plane that will take me to Reykjavik, Iceland, this is where I will be reunited with two incredible human beings. After a much needed reunion, we will board a plane that takes us to Munich, Germany! *SQUEALS*.

In the past I have planned 3 trips to Germany in the past. ALL of them fell through for one reason or another. The past is the past and it doesn’t even matter now. In a few short hours, I am getting on that plane and honestly, nothing is stopping me. This is one of my biggest dreams come true. I have the most awesome opportunity a head of me. I am getting to do the most incredible things.

Here is a little glimpse into our trip. Thanks to Lindsay who actually wrote all of this out. Mind you the following are the main events and attractions. I know in Munich we will be doing a walking tour, heading to the square, going to biergartens, shopping, eating a Döner kebab and hitting up a discoteca. All things do not need to be put on the schedule. This trip is all about new experiences, life experiences, and really hitting it out of the park. This trip is about adventure, a road trip, finding inner peace, and drinking damn good beer. This trip is about so much more than I will ever have the words, or be able to find the words to convey. This trip is about wanderlust and happiness.

Saturday, September 28: REYKJAVIK

Sunday, September 29  : MUNICH

Munich: Meet up with Adrienne

Drink mad amounts of GOOD German beer

Monday, September 30

Munich: Oktoberfest Tent Day

Tuesday, October 1

Munich: Have a drink of course and walk around Munich’s downtown square

Wednesday, October 2

Pick up rental car (DRIVE ON THE AUTOBAHN!— life goal, check!)

Drive to Neuschwanstein Castle

Salzburg, Austria- walking tour

Thursday October 3

Salzburg, Austria

  • SOUND OF MUSIC BIKE TOUR!
  • FREE walking tour continued (See attached pages)

Friday October 4

On the way to Frankfurt… stop off at Dachau—concentration camp just north of Munich

Frankfurt, Germany

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Frankfurt—See the city from The Main Tower
  • Cider Taverns in Sachsenhausen for some Apfelwein
  • Das MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Saturday October 5

Frankfurt, Germany

  • Paulskirche – St. Paul’s Church built between 1789 and 1833
  • The Römerberg (“Roman Mountain”) is the historic heart of Frankfurt and home to its City Hall, which dates back to 1405. Flanked by half-timbered houses, this historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt’s first trade fairs in the 13th century.

Sunday October 6

Drive back to Munich from Frankfurt for our flight out

college decisions

& how everything could have been different

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Do you ever wish you attended your undergrad somewhere different? When it comes to football and basketball seasons, I do. Don’t get me wrong, I loved attending Winona State University, and now being complete with my undergraduate degree I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Winona was the perfect place for me. Because of Winona the best education, contacts, friends, and experience. Everything I wanted from a college experience, I got.

Without Winona, how would I know if I would be going to Germany on Saturday? Who’s to say I would be in DC or working in government? It is possible I would have done internships in Washington every summer of college? Is it possible I would have rushed and joined the awesome organization of Delta Phi Epsilon? Without Winona would I have still majored in Political Science?

There are a lot of questions to ask, and there are even more variables. Sure all things are possible, but I am a believer that if you take a different path, things will be different. By me choosing to attend Winona State University, I was saying yes to a great unknown and as the unknown unraveled it kept getting better and better. Sure there were times I wanted to transfer and had all of my paperwork ready to be filed, but I never went through with the process. There was such a strong pull for me to stay at WSU, and I couldn’t be more happy that I did. Winona helped me find me discover me. Winona blessed me with incredible friends, awesome professors, a stellar family away from home, a gorgeous view outside my bedroom window and don’t forget an unbelievable education.

It’s strange to think how some decisions impact your life, for example, where you attended undergrad. A lot of things would change, photoheck, I might not even be in DC right now, if it wasn’t for WSU. One big thing in my life, I know wouldn’t be the same is my best friend.  Folks, let me tell you a little bit about my best friend, Paul. Paul is the most down-to-eath, friendly, sassy, genuine witty, ball of fire you could ever have the pleasure of meeting.  Paul and I have known each other for the upwards of ten years. Thanks to Winona we became best friends. I will forever be in the debt (literally–thanks, student loans) of Winona for this awesome gift.

Paul and I went to middle school and high school together. He started life guarding at the YMCA and I was there on his first shift, we were in rotation next to each other, and chatted– we knew each other from a few mutual friend circles, but were never friends ourselves. He made an announcement that he was attending WSU in the fall and leaving the Y. Like I said, a short-lived friendship, right? Life went on, and next fall came around. My mom and I were going on a world-wind tour of colleges on a long weekend, as Winona was on my list I reached out to Paul and asked if he’d show me around in addition to the campus tour. Though, I am sure he thought I was being weird (when am I not weird) he accepted. That trip to Winona changed everything. When I returned home, there were three acceptance letters from colleges waiting for me, one being from Winona– and that’s when I decided I needed to attend.

Let’s be honest, Paul is the coolest dude around. He is the cat’s pajamas. This year we are doing big things. As a celebration of our best-friendship of ten years, and with his 25 birthday right around the corner– we are celebrating and we are celebrating big. In five short days, I will be meeting my best friend in Reykjavik, Iceland and we will be well on our way to Munich, Germany! I couldn’t imagine a better way to to kick off our celebration. Here’s to ten years, and here’s to the multiples of tens to come, Bo!

Maybe decisions don’t mean something to you now, but one day they will. Your life is shaped by the decisions you make daily. Stop and think about the decisions you are making every so often, rather than only making a decision based on giving your Magic 8-Ball a shake.

It’s been said something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world- Chaos Theory