usa! usa! usa!

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Whatever you are doing today at 12PM EST you must stop and turn on the USA vs. Germany game. This is the moment that could change everything for us. One moment doesn’t define us.  Time to gear up and focus on Germany. Today, is our day and today is going to be absolutely without a doubt wild.

Guys, it’s time to put everything that happened at the end of that Portugal game in the rear view mirror because now is our chance for the real win. Let’s do this. #TeamUSA #Ibelivewewillwin

new year, new books

a good read

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This year I am challenging myself to read at least seven new books. While in college, I never wanted to read for enjoyment because my textbooks took precedents. Since being out of school, I’ve read dozens of books, some I couldn’t even tell you the names. I am a firm believer that reading is something to keep the mind active and your imagination running wild.

Finding a new book to read is hard. Sometimes, even reading a book is hard. When you go to a movie with someone, you have instant gratification once the film ends because each of you will spit comments back and forth. For me, it’s hard to read a book sometimes becasue I won’t get that opportunity to discuss a book–this is probably why book clubs started.

Currently, Monuments of Men is on my docket. This book has been on my back burner since I saw a preview for it in the Summer. I am excited about reading this book and really diving into it. Based on a true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, what’s there not to be excited about? They’ve turned this book into a film that will be released at the end of February. Take a peek at the trailer, doesn’t this make you want to read the book?

If you have any suggestions for books to read, please let me know! I am interested in reading all, and any books this year.

a holiday review

2013

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2013 was filled with many memories, some excellent and others not so great. 2013 did go above in beyond in many life categories.MK HYR2013 Here’s a little tribute to 2013 and just a few of the good things that came from a magical year.

A few things that didn’t make the list, that are worth noting:

  • Celebrating my one year at AREVA
  • Attending two Inaugural balls: North and South Carolina
  • Attending Inauguration on the Mall, what’s up Yellow section!
  • Trying homemade (the real deal) moonshine
  • Attending the event of the season: Taste of the South
  • Chatting with Santa at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Open House
  • Enjoyed a traditional tailgate at Miller Park before a Brewers game
  • Toured the Neuschwanstein castle in Schwangau, Germany
  • Devoured a true Austrian Apfel Strudel
  • Jammed out with Hoodie Allen and Dave Matthews

With 2013 being so awesome, I can only imagine what 2014 has in store for me.

 

 

 

planning for oktoberfest

oktoberfest, the real deal

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Guys, one of my biggest dreams was finally accomplished with two awesome human beings! Last February we toyed with the idea of going to Germany and crashing Oktoberfest. No one ever thought we were serious until…we bought our plane tickets. Things started to great real as we dove into the travel guides, websites, conversation with friends and so on. There were so many mixed messages about Oktoberfest and the survival guide and we were getting clouded; we didn’t know what to think. The last thing I wanted was to be scammed. We wanted to have a great time, and spend the least amount of money as possible, after all this trip had a beer fund.

If you have the tiniest inkling to hit up Oktoberfest read the following. Now after being, yes I would go back in a heartbeat–but I want to experience a few more things before heading back.

1) Whatever anyone says, you DO NOT need a reservation to be inside a beer tent.

2) However…if you want to guarantee yourself an unreserved seat on the weekend, it is best to arrive by 8 am.–so this is what everyone says. I don’t by it.

3) Be aggressive, yet fun! You need to get into a ten/garten, so do it. Just flash that smile and show your confidence, act like you belong and head straight to the middle section. The middle section is the unreserved section– you will notice it right away, because it will be PACKED and everyone is standing.

3) Know that the Biergarten tables fill up by 11 am both on the weekdays and weekends.

4) A huge myth is that you need to be seated inside a tent or in a biergarten in order to be served a beer.– this is wrong! You do not need to be seated. You need to be at or close to a table. Find a waitress and tell her how many beers you want, she will fetch them.

5) In Europe it is customary to not tip your waitstaff, but here at Oktoberfest, I would recommend you tipping your waitress. She will keep bringing you beers until you tell her to stop.

6) Find a hostel that is close and cheap. We found a hostel 4 blocks from the grounds, we didn’t have to mess with a cab or public transportation. Note, hostels get reserved FAST– we booked in June.

7) Don’t bother eating in a ten. You will find: wiener schnitzel sandwiches, bratwursts, crepes, and anything else you can think of outside of the tents. Not to mention they are all 5 euro.

8) Talk to everyone! Make sure to be friendly and talk to everyone. Almost 15% of attendance at Oktoberfest are travelers, find out their story and make new friends.

These are just a few tips for Oktoberfest we used and I would suggest looking at them as well. I cannot wait to go back and enjoy myself again now that I know the ropes. While I was in Germany/Oktoberfest, one thing I didn’t do and probably should have done was eat: pork knuckle. A few people told us how amazing it was and what a true German tradition is is, but I couldn’t get myself to order it. Alas, I suppose this means another trip to Oktoberfest is in my future!

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