Jun 19, 2013

Life Lately

There's been a whole lot of travel posts going on around here these past few weeks. So much so, that I'm starting to bore myself. I can only imagine the boredom you all have suffered. My apologies. I do have a life beyond travel, believe it or not. A pretty good one, too. Although I'm not sure it's any less boredom inducing than my travel posts, but I figured it's worth chatting about. Truth is, I just didn't feel like editing photos this morning. You got me. Carpal tunnel is a real and painful thing. It's also so flippin' hot in our flat right now that I'm sure you could fry an egg on my coffee table...making getting any kind of work done, blogging or otherwise, virtually unbearable. Which brings me to my first note about life lately....

--German heat wave. It's literally only been two days of 97° weather (and it's supposed to be back down to the 70's tomorrow), but I'm already so over it. Germany is a country full of extremes. It's either cold and rainy, or hot and sunny. Usually more of the cold and rainy than the hot and sunny most days, but there's rarely any happy-medium where weather is concerned. We pretty much skipped right over a sunny, luke-warm spring and went right to the Sahara Desert. Normally, I wouldn't complain (because I guess I'd rather have the sun? Maybe???), but when you live in the land of no central air conditioning, on sweltering days like today, it's like you're living in a hot box of torture. Osculating fans are basically your only reprieve from the heat. And those I hardly consider a reprieve at all. They just blow around the hot air, ya know? Another option is to run down to your car and blast the A/C for a little while. Only problem there is the 3 minute rule. Germany has this unwritten courtesy rule of only idling your car for 3 minutes or less. I think there is even some kind of German idling law, but I don't know the details of it. Suffice it to say, they're energy and environmentally conscience to a fault sometimes. Today, I say screw the environment. Global warming is already kicking my butt with this heat, so off to the car I go. You can take the girl out of America, but you can't take the America out of the girl!


--D has been playing softball for the squadron's team...and he's actually quite good! Which totally surprised me. I've never really considered D an athletic fella. He can run, do all kinds of crazy things at PT (AF mandatory weekly physical training sessions), and loves to workout, but playing organized sports isn't something I've seen him do much of (even in the 13 whole years we've been together). The few times I have seen him play ultimate frisbee, or this strange AF game called ICARUS, he's been awesome. So, I guess I shouldn't be that surprised he's doing so well with softball, huh? Funny how you can still learn things about your spouse after all these years together. I'm so proud of him when he plays, I could almost burst. He's the team pitcher (a position he's never played before) and he's been so naturally good at it, like he's played all his life (which makes me only a little bit jealous...how lucky some people are!). And I get to be the crazy wife cheering her head off in the stands. D's totally eating it up, too. I almost skipped out on his game last night because it was so hot outside, but I'm glad I didn't! They basically wiped the ball field clean with the other team. Mercy rule even had to go into effect! Impressive, right? They're currently undefeated after 2 games...fingers crossed they keep this winning streak going! I have to admit, it's been so nice to be back out sitting on the bleachers of the ball field. My dad used to play softball for his company team while I was growing up. My mom, sister, and I used to love going to watch him play (and buying bubble gum from the bubble gum lady). Dad was wicked good, too. Ahhh, softball. A little piece of home right here in Germany. Makes me happy. :)

--Confession: we booked yet ANOTHER cruise. I know, we're kind of crazy, but we found a deal we absolutely couldn't pass up! Originally, we'd planned a trip to Croatia over Labor Day weekend and a trip to Barcelona over Columbus Day weekend. After searching for flights to Croatia, we realized we were going to be paying way too much money just to get there...not to mention the money we'd be spending once we got to Croatia. So, we got the bright idea to look for a cruise that hit some places we still had left to see from our bucket list. Lo and behold, we found a 9-day sailing from Barcelona that hits ports in Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, and MOROCCO! The best part? I'm going to get to trade in my donkey riding hat for a camel riding one!! Eeek! Well, that and the fact that this impromptu cruise is going to cost us almost $500 less than what we would have spent on those two vacations combined. It was a total no brainer. We're planning a big Adriatic Sea cruise as our last "hurrah" next May, so we will hit Croatia then. Only sad part is...we won't be sailing on Celebrity. They had nothing fitting the criteria we needed this time around, so we went with Norwegian Cruise line. We like to think we're becoming well-rounded cruisers trying out so many different cruise lines. But we will be booking with Celebrity for our last European sailing. You can bet your bottom dollar on it!

--While still on the subject of cruising, we've got our Baltic cruise coming up in a matter of days now! We're no where near being packed up and ready to go, but all excursions are booked and most logistics planned out...now we're just playing the waiting game. Here's hoping the weather up there is warm (but not too warm!) and that Russia is all we expect it to be. AMAZING.


--We just got back from a great weekend roaming around the Netherlands and visiting a few breweries for a friend's birthday. We made stops in Westmalle, Belgium (to eat dinner at the Trappist brewery cafe of Westmalle), Utretch, Netherlands (a home base for visiting De Molen Brewery in Bodegraven & Utrecht Castle), and Tilburg (for a tour of the famous monk-run La Trappe Brewery, Cafe, & Abbey). Expect a few blog posts to come!

--Lastly...we've been thinking a lot about home lately. We're coming up on our 2 year anniversary of moving to Germany as well as our last year here in this beautiful country. We've found ourselves already saying things like..."this is the last time we'll be at this festival, make sure you do all the things you've wanted to do!" So bittersweet...yet we're still year away from moving. But that doesn't keep us from planning, praying, and dreaming of what our next chapter holds. For those of you wondering--no, we've got no clue where the Air Force will be sending us next. And we probably won't know anything concrete until next spring (which is quite annoying). But such is the life of a military family. Until then, we're just going to continue to enjoy the time we've got left in Europe...soaking up every last second with trips, festivals, and submerging ourselves in the German culture. There will also be a fair amount of house lusting via the internet as we imagine what life will be like back stateside. Fingers crossed for a location on the East coast, close to family, and near the sea!! A Southern girl can dream, right?


So, there you go. Just a little look into life lately for Team Coté. And I couldn't even go 3 bullet points without talking about traveling again. I mean, honestly. It's like word vomit. Is there Traveler's Anonymous? I need it.

24 comments:

  1. The Netherlands look fabulous. That has ALWAYS been a place I want to take a trip to visit. I just love how much of a storybook it looks like :)

    xo

    www.simplylowcountry.com

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  2. So amazing that you booked another cruise - I've heard countless great things about Morocco, so I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed! You guys are definitely becoming cruise connoisseurs and I love it :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. I cannot even believe the amount of travel you two are able to do! You have fully taken advantage of your time over there! I feel like you'll have some culture shock when you return to the states because you'll be so bored with the lack of amazing places to go to nearby! Ha! And seriously, I never tire of your travel posts.

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  4. Haha I love your travel posts! I can't travel a lot right now due to school so these kinds of post help with my wanderlust a little lol Can't wait to read about the rest of this cruise and about the rest of your upcoming trips!

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  5. That cruise sounds amazing. I would LOVE to go to Morocco!

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  6. I would think that as a Southern girl you'd be used to some 97-degree weather. ;) is it super humid in Germany as well? because that's what makes hot temps truly unbearable in my book.

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  7. I just got back from Bavaria (it seems we swapped places this weekend; I live in the Netherlands just now!) and OH GOSH it was hot. I was just thinking today that I swear it was snowing only very recently... there really was no spring this year!

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures to Russia- that's somewhere I'm LONGING to visit!

    Mary

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  8. I love to read your travel posts! They are never boring and definitely inspirational! Can't wait to read about your upcoming cruise.

    www.roadtriptheworld.com

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  9. You are too funny! I don't think you need travelers anonymous! All of the experiences you are having are fabulous and it sure is fun living vicariously through your adventures! Our town broke a record of 90 degrees a couple days ago and then dropped back down to 65 the next day- bipolar weather? I think so!

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  10. This heat wave has been killing me too! I can barely believe that there were floodings earlier this month! You're right, Germany is definitely a country of extremes. And that cruise sounds super exciting - the two of you will really be cruise experts by the time you leave Germany! I hope the country will treat you well on your last year here. :)

    xx
    Melanie

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  11. Hello! I just found you blog! Love it! I'm a military wife down in heidelberg. I saw that you are going on a Baltic cruise next week. We are too! Which one? We are hitting Russia, Estonia, Sweden, and northern Germany on our costa cruise. Love that you travel so much. We do to. We made it a goal to see every country in Europe. We are keeping our fingers crossed! Maybe we will bump into each other in the Baltic. I'd love to chat sometime. Happy travels!

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  12. Croatia is gorgeous! I have family down there and visited a few years ago and absolutely fell in love!

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  13. Cute blog and gorgeous pictures! So glad I just found your blog.

    Xo,
    Ashley@powerofone
    www.ashleyfrederickson.blogspot.com

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  14. I love my A/C couldn't live without it now, never want to go back to the days we didn't have it...........so I feel for people suck in bloody hot homes............I have loved all the travel posts all the photos that made me feel like I was travelling with you....

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  15. Traveler's Anon should be a thing, right? I've got the wanderlust bug so bad right now, even though I just moved to a different state!

    Someday we'll have to talk cruises- I've been thinking about putting our honeymoon to Germany together with a cruise, two birds and one stone!

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  16. i don't know how you survive without aircon! i'm a wimp when it comes to extreme temperatures! i spent one summer in chicago without it and never again! i can't wait to hear about your cruises! i've only been on one and i don't think it counts as it was a budget cruise in which they converted an old cargo ship into a cruise ship. can we say 'sea sickness?'

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  17. Cute photos, it looks like you have been having a blast recently!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  18. OMG! You stopped by two places I either lived close to or lived in! haha, hope you had a great time in the Netherlands!
    And the weather here (Netherlands) is just like you described the German weather to be. From one extreme to another, and I am actually getting sick of it. I prefer a place with rather stable weather...

    xxSusanne

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  19. Aww thats the saddest part of military life. The last year. It goes by way too fast and theres all those things that you have to do before you leave. Then it comes so fast. Enjoy every day to the fullest, I love reading your posts about life in Germany.

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

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  21. I love your travel posts, keep 'em coming, Casey!

    P.S. I'm so jealous! Three cruises in one year?!

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  22. Camel rides are hilarious. I did one in Tanzania and I don't know if it was supposed to or if the caretaker instructed it to, but ours did a little jog back and we were cracking up! I'm excited for you two and all your traveling!

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  23. I did a camel ride in Egypt and I was so sacred! haha. You guys are doing so much fun traveling- I'd be talking about it too! So awesome. :)

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