One month countdown…

This time, in four weeks time, I will be home. Vancouver. It’s crazy how time goes by so quickly. It’s crazy how I’ve lived away from home for half of the year already. So much has happened and I don’t even know where to begin. Too many thoughts in my head. For the time being, I plan to make the most out of my time here in my little city of Nuremberg. I wrote down a list of restaurants and cafés that I still have to go to. My stomach will definitely be happy 😛 Oh Germany, I will miss you so!

One of my favorite places in Nuremberg to have my "me" time.

One of my favorite places in Nuremberg to have my “me” time.

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Travel bug is back.

It’s almost two months since my last post which means I’m lazy but I should not give up on this blog. So many things had happened since then. It consisted mainly of work, travel, more work and more travel. It wasn’t like that back in September. I got a bit scared when I didn’t do much traveling in my first two months in Germany. I think the reason behind it was I was still settling in and adjusting to a new work and life schedule in a new city. So I decided to do a 5-weekend back to back traveling to get my travel bug going again. Some people probably thought I was crazy. I thought I was crazy to do that as well. After long hours in the car, train, bus and plane, I would never forget these trips mainly because I learned two things:

1. Never hesitate to go back to a place for the second time. The second time will just be as good as the first one or even better. The first time I go to a new city, I tend to do all the tourist stuff. I learned that going to the same place the second time around, I can enjoy the city like a local.

2. Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful and always go, go, go. Learning to relax and to just go with the flow is sometimes the best way to explore the city.

So here it is, from Munich to Cologne to Manchester to Berlin to Prague – 5 weekends of back to back traveling and it had made me miss Nuremberg and my bed so much. Here are my favorite moments during my time away:

Munich – Discovered how beautiful Bavaria is and finally visited Neuschwanstein aka Disney Castle!!

Gorgeous.

Eeek Disney Castle!!

Cologne – Mick Flannery concert and Ibis Budget Hotel. I wish I took a photo of our room in Ibis Budget. It’s unbelievable. You have to see it to believe why it is a “budget” hotel. Ooh disco shower 😉

My flatmate loves Mick Flannery

Oh Rhine River ❤

Manchester – Time to reminisce the good times. Being back in Manchester was so good. First of all, it was good to be in an English-speaking country. Second, it was good to be back in the city where one of the most important parts of my life began.

Can’t even describe how happy I was to see these people ❤

Time to catch up with this lovely lady 🙂

and I found the best store in the world right in Manchester Airport…LONELY PLANET SHOP!

Berlin – Food, food, food and assisting Raissa to YOLO.

This view never gets old

Had the best time in Berlin with this girl ❤

Prague – Catch up time with an old friend in this beautiful city.

Praha ❤

Catching up with an old friend is always good.

I leave you with a Thought Catalog post a close friend of mine sent me. It definitely got my heart racing and reaffirmed me how much traveling means so much to me. It’s not just saying “Oh, I’ve been to this place and that place and it’s off my bucket list”. It’s more about discovering and appreciating the city and its people. I love points 5 & 6. Traveling is definitely one of the most fruitful investments of my life. It continues to help me find myself and to trust Him when I go wandering all over this world.

Happy Thanksgiving, all the way from Deutschland!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadians living in Canada, Germany and all over the world! Today, I’m grateful for all the things He has given me – my loving family, supportive friends and my new home and adventure for the next little while. Today marks my ninth week in Nuremberg and I’m really loving it. Living and being a part of this old and small city for a longer time now has made me appreciate its beauty even more.

My friends and I actually had an early Thanksgiving dinner this past Wednesday. Since it was a bank holiday in Germany (National Reunification Day), it was a perfect day to cook, eat and be merry. Luckily, my flatmate agreed to hosting a Canadian Thanksgiving potluck dinner at our flat (yay!). Here are some pictures from that lovely sunny day.

Chicken time!

Tomas carving the chicken for us

Ruby’s Mushroom and Nut Wellington. So good!!

Lovely friends

Sarah serving us her pumpkin soup

More friends!

Our Thanksgiving Feast! Carbs overload

Chocolate and almond cake for dessert. YUM!

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Give your family and friends a big hug.

Lively Nuremberg

One quick post before the start of another week. Today was Week 8 in Nuremberg and so many things had happened for the past several weeks. The city had been lively with different events going on such as:

Radrennen – Bike race around Old Town taken from outside my window

Close up view of the bike race

Trempelmarkt – Germany’s biggest flea market 

And my most favorite of all…

Nuremberg’s Alstadfest (Old Town Festival)!

Beer gardens

Eating their Bavarian food

Candy and sweets stall

Nightly live concert – we caught the Bee Gees and ABBA night

Enjoying Red beer and Hugo in one of the tents

Altstadfest is a great warm-up before the biggest beer festival of all, Oktoberfest this coming Sunday. Can’t wait until the girls (Raissa and Diana) come over to Nuremberg!! What a perfect time as I got the homesick pangs today and it will be great to see some familiar faces from home. Looking forward to this week. Auf Wiedersehen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork and red wine stew – a perfect Sunday night meal

Here I am, sitting at our kitchen table, writing this post as I wait for the stew that I’m cooking to finish. I’m making a pork and red wine stew for Siofra (my flatmate) and I and I hope it would taste yummy and we will not get drunk from it 😛

Pork and red wine stew

Siofra made potato wedges (spuds) too.

Potato wedges/spuds!

An hour later and a 20-minute Skype chat with my sister, our Sunday dinner looks yum yum and ready to be eaten.

Sunday night meal – pork and red wine stew with potato wedges

Siofra enjoying her meal!

I do find cooking oddly therapeutic especially after a long day at work. It’s nice to come home and spend an hour or two just cooking and eating my homemade meal. Hence why I decided to have a new goal during my time here in Nuremberg: to be comfortable with my cooking and be able to openly share it with other people. Siofra lent me her Jamie Oliver cookbook and I’m on a mission to be a better cook and baker by six months time.

My cooking guide for the next 6 months

Here comes Debbie, an aspiring chef! My dad will be happy to hear about this.

P.S. I’m tackling on an Indian curry dish this week. Let’s see how it goes! Tschüs 🙂

Nürnberg, a new home.

Just a quick post for tonight before I head to bed and get ready for another busy week. It’s been three weeks since I first came to Germany and a week since work started and I must say I’m starting to get used to it. I like what I’m doing and I’m slowly falling in love with this small city called Nürnberg. Spending a Saturday afternoon in a café in the old town and getting lost through the small alleys and discovering tiny shops are my favorites so far. Here’s a sneak peek to what it is like in my new city!

Hauptmarkt and its markets with Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in the background

Body of water near my place

Loving the flowers on the balcony of this building

Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) in the city square

Reflection

Cool water fountain

Heilig-Geist-Spital (The Holy Spirit Hospital)

Sunset over the city ❤

Gute Nacht, Nürnberg!

Leaving on a Jet Plane…again

I’ve been thinking for quite some time now on how I should write this post. I know this post represents a big part of my life, another milestone. Having these 3 months off from school and work has made me dedicate my time to think about the rest of my life. There’s no more structure of what’s going to be next. There’s no high school or university to look forward to. There’s just a journey full of different paths to take. Whatever I do and whatever that happens with my life from now on are products of a hidden timeline that has yet to be revealed until I finally come across them face to face.

People might have wonder what I have been up to for the past few months or even when I got right back from exchange. I must say my exchange to Manchester turned my life around. The perspective I have on life changed and I grew to greatly appreciate what I have for the past 21 years of my life up to now. The most important change for me was the new found relationship I have with God. I was baptized when I was 1 years old but I never got the chance to practice my faith. When I moved to Canada, I attended Sunday masses and that was it. I never took the time to figure out the difference between the Old and New Testament, the stories behind the apostles and saints, among others. After experiencing life-changing challenges throughout the year 2011 and the most eye-opener one while I was on exchange and getting through it, I knew it was time to put myself in His hands and everything from then on is as sweet as it can be.

to recognize our complete dependence on God and give him thanks, doing all this not for the reward of religious experience, but simply out of earnest love for God. Then we’ll be prepared for religious experience. The rest is up to God.

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/06/how-to-have-a-religious-experience.html

And this brings us to now. I’m currently on a plane to Nuremberg with stop-overs in Toronto (to pick up my sister) and Dusseldorf. It is a start of a new chapter of my life – a journey that I’ve been picturing for a long time and has finally come. I’ll be leaving in Nuremberg for the next 6 months and I’m beyond excited and at the same time, totally scared. But what getting me through this is this quote: “It is during the uncomfortable times that we grow the most” and knowing me, I’m a big fan of growth and self-discovery because knowing who I am, what I value and what I stand up for are things that are really important to me. I’ll be working as a Product Marketing Intern with adidas by Stella McCartney. I’m super stoked with this position and I’m looking forward to meeting my team and working at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach. Thank you to my loving and supportive family and friends. Taking the time to form better relationships with you all during the past 6 months was the best decision I’ve ever made. I will miss you all and especially my home, Vancouver, Richmond and the beautiful British Columbia. Continue to check out my blog for posts about my life in Germany for the next 6/7 months. Here comes Debbie, the explorer, signing off as the plane takes off.