May 31, 2008 This was my first time going to a flea market (or flohmarkt) in Europe. Murnau is a cute, small town close to Garmisch so Lisa Marie, Marcie, and I made a quick roadtrip to see what the flea market was all about. We found several cheap finds and had some tasty brotwurst.
On our way to the flohmarkt...follow the yellow signs!
The beginning of the flohmarkt
You never know what you might find...exhibit A: classy zebra umbrella, very useful in rainy Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Marcie found a great Drendel...too bad it was a tid bit too small :(
May 29, 2008 Just a quick post to comment on the craziness of the world. For about two weeks Garmisch-Partenkirchen looked like it had a permanent cloud overhead...but it wasn't a cloud at all. The air was filled with sand from the Sahara Desert. There was a big sand storm at the time and we got the remnants of it all. I don't have any great pictures because I kept forgetting to go out and take pictures but one day at work I had my camera and snapped a few. The pictures almost look like I'm shooting into the sun or something but no, it's sand in the air!
May 25, 2008 My first weekend back in Germany was a three-day weekend (Memorial Day weekend) and I didn't want to waste a perfectly good weekend but was still recovering from jet lag and unpacking. On Sunday, I figured I had made enough progress in unpacking and cleaning that I deserved a break. Lisa Marie had the day off so we went to Ingolstadt, a small Bavarian town about two hours away from Garmisch. On our way home we stopped at the Starnberg Lake and rented a paddle boat for an hour. more pictures
May 14-19, 2008 As a December graduate there is no winter ceremony to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Mom and I decided that walking across the stage to confirm graduation was important enough that I decided to fly from Germany back to Newport News for the spring commencement. Although my visit to the States was short, five days, it was well worth it. The memories made that weekend will last forever. It was so great to see friends, family, and of course, sorority sisters after being away for five months. My parents were so great all weekend, funny and possibly annoying at times, but looking back I appreciate it...mom walked around with a video camera in hand and dad walked around with the digital camera all weekend documenting every moment. Not knowing when I might see most of my friends again I have plenty of pictures. more pictures
Alpha Phis with the Tribles
Alpha Phis at GoodFellas to dance the night away to the Heather Edward's Band AND celebrate Fanny's engagement!!!
With Mom and Dad after the Honors Convocation...Magna Cum Laude
May 12, 2008 Everyone loves a theme party and there are no exceptions here in Garmisch. There seems to be a theme party every time I turn around. Usually planned by the fabulous Nique, an employee at the hotel. This particular time it was a black and white theme party at Peaches. Peaches is a local bar/pizzeria that allows customers to pay in dollars OR euros on Tuesday nights. This is a no brainer as to which currency you should take with you if you are going to Peaches on a Tuesday night! Anyway, here are some pictures of my friends and I at Peaches.
May 10-11, 2008 When I first moved to Germany I missed my friends, family, and my sorority sisters tremendous amounts. So, I decided that in addition to the friends I was making in the Abrams I wanted to continue my involvement in Alpha Phi. I contacted Alpha Phi Internationals to get a spreadsheet with contact information of all the Alpha Phis living in Europe. With a spreadsheet list of over 200 alumnae Alpha Phi's in Europe I was bound to meet someone who was interested in meeting up and hanging out. I emailed all of the Alpha Phis that had email addresses included on the contact list and began getting responses immediately. Sisters from all sorts of backgrounds. I noticed that there were several sisters living in Germany. One of those sisters, Margaret, responded to the mass email informing us all that she was an Opera singer in Darmstadt, about 4.5 hours away from Garmisch. Tara, another sister, living in Zurich, Switzerland and I began chatting on facebook and thought it would be fun to travel to Darmstadt to meet and watch Margaret perform in her dream role, Guilda in Rigoletto. The weekend of May 10, 2008 Tara took a train to Darmstadt and I drove to Darmstadt to meet and attend the Opera. We had a great time hanging out and getting to know one another. We laughed and shared our college Alpha Phi experiences and almost missed the Opera we were having so much fun. Margaret had given us a private tour of the Opera House earlier in the day and invited us backstage during intermission. After the show we went to dinner with Margaret and her friends and family. (Just so happens Margaret is very close with the manager at the Best Western and managed to get us the employee rate for the weekend -- amazing!!) We had a great time celebrating her wonderful performance over champagne :) The next day Tara and I explored Darmstadt before making our separate journeys home. Tara even gave me her senior Alpha Phi shirt, which I wear all the time :)
Tara, Margaret, and I at intermission
The Darmstadt Opera House - it is shaped like a boat
Odd bench in Darmstadt
The prince's garden
Playing in the park
The Waldspirale -- apartments with NO straight lines