Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

I’ve realized that I went missing again for almost a month. There’s a good reason for that! The government here in Berlin approved my work visa, so I’ve been busy with work and taking language classes.

My friend and I visited the Bundestag this past Sunday. It’s a government building located in the heart of Berlin. If you ever find yourself in this city, this place is definitely worth checking out!

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Amsterdam XXX

Amsterdam XXX

I miss Europe already, but I’m so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family! I’ll be in West Texas celebrating at my grandparents house, I’m excited to see everyone and to stuff my face with tons of yummy food!

The first six photos were taken in small town in Germany where my friend took me visit a small castle. It was beautiful, quiet, and the colors were stunning!

The second half are photos taken in Amsterdam. I really enjoyed my short trip in Amsterdam. I will definitely go back again one day. These were taken a few days before Halloween. Some booths at the fair (pictured below)  had a Halloween theme, plus they had a guy dressed up in a creepy costume and mask running around who kept sneaking up behind me and scaring me! We were lucky to be there on such a nice sunny day, but I really didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe Black Friday! Be careful, the Holiday Crazies are out.

Incredible Deutschland

Incredible Deutschland

I keep forgetting Halloween is this Wednesday, which means the end of the month and my trip being halfway over.
The weather has been very kind this past week here in west Germany. However, we are headed to Munich next and I heard its snowing there!

The first few photos were taken in Berlin at the Olympiastadion (my first European soccer game!) with my cell phone. It was a big game with about 80,000 people in attendance. The evening started off great with my friend,  his family and I walking to the stadium and everyone teaching me the different cheers and chants. Then, while we were standing in a huge crowd for 45 minutes waiting to get in, my stomach started to hurt. I felt a little nauseous. “It’s ok” I told myself, “I’ll feel better as soon as we’re inside.” But the closer we got, the worst I felt. Finally, it was our turn to go through security. The guys went off to one side, and girls went to the other. The first security guard checked inside my purse, by then I felt like throwing up inside my bag. The second security guard patted me down and just as she was nodding to go on through, I saw the nearest trash can and threw up. She was looking at me in concern and asked something in German. My friend and his family rushed over asking me what happened, and the police came to ask if I needed a doctor. Nein nein, after throwing up a few more times I was fine. No more stomach pain, no more nausea, I was ready to enjoy the game! We figured it was probably something I ate. Sorry for such a gross story, but I know my family will read this and say “oh that is something that would totally happen to Tracy! Always something going on with her wherever she goes!”

Besides that, it was a great game and I had a wonderful time!

The other photos were taken in the gorgeous city of Cologne. I really like Cologne (or, as the Deutsche spell it, Köln), I hope to go back again. I will probably post a few more photos from Cologne in another entry.
I apologize if the photos aren’t very sharp. I’m uploading them from my iPad, and from what I can see the photos look good.
I have so many more photos to upload.

I’m going to Amsterdam today, I can’t wait!