Honeymoon Day 2: Nürburg, Germany

A trip to Germany would not be complete without a fast drive on the autobahn. I shared in my last post that we definitely tested our car to its limits--at one point we got the BMW up to 240km/h on a de-restricted straightaway. What I didn't tell you was that we did this between Munich and Nürburg, while we were en route to an actual racetrack! Roger is a big car guy and ever since we decided to visit Germany he had his heart set on driving around the Nurburgring. For those who don't know what the Nurburgring is--I certainly didn't--it is one of the most famous public racetracks in the world. It stretches over 20 kilometres long, has 170 corners, and no speed limits. It is affectionately known as "The Green Hell" and attracts professional drivers and tourists from all over the globe. I might not have been as enthusiastic to visit it as Roger, but I have to admit it turned out to be a pretty epic Sunday drive. Plus it gave me leverage to have him accompany me in doing whatever I wanted for the rest of the trip! Roger familiarized himself with the track beforehand with Youtube videos and a simulation video game. I should have practiced filming him because I failed miserably on race day. I accidentally filmed the whole thing upside down and came out with nothing but dashboard. Our intention was to do multiple laps, but the track was shut down early due to a crash!! (Not a bad one.) We ended up selling our extra tickets and exploring the shops instead. Roger bought a hat and a bumper sticker. I wanted a brand new Bentley, but it was a wee bit out of our price range. That night we had dinner and drinks in the village. We then stayed at the Lindner Congress and Motorsport Hotel, which was minutes away from the track. IMG_3157 - Copy photo 3 IMG_3164 IMG_3145 - Copy IMG_3126 IMG_3148 photo 4
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Our Honeymoon: Day 1 in Munich, Germany

We've been back from our honeymoon for just over a month now and I'm still basking in the afterglow of happiness I felt while on vacation with my love. When choosing our post-wedding travel destination we flip-flopped back and forth between Bali, Central Europe, and a Mediterranean cruise. In the end we decided on a hybrid affair of the latter two choices. Our logic was that we could lounge by the beach and drink Mai Tais on any run-of-the-mill escape from reality, but this was our honeymoon and we wanted to be as lavish and intrepid as we could possibly manage.  Also, we reflected on our awesome road trip through the Canadian Rockies and knew that this kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure suited us best. SO we ended up checking 7 countries off our list in a mere two weeks. Today I'm going to share our first leg of the journey: Munich, Germany! Oh, it was a blast. We absolutely adored Germany. Unbeknownst to us, we arrived in the country's capital on September 18th - the very first day of Oktoberfest. We are alerted of this fact the moment we arrived at the airport. Everyone... shop attendants, car rental personnel, flight staff... they were all decked out in their traditional Bavarian garb. I am a sucker for Lederhosen and the German men wore it so well. (Even Roger agreed that the men were handsome, but don't tell him I said that.) Anyways, we were pretty exhausted from our layover flight from Canada, so we opted for a low-key evening of dinner and drinks. We took the subway to the restaurant district, just shy of the downtown party scene, and walked up and down the main street until we found the most German of places to eat. I forget the name of the restaurant, but it definitely had the word "Brau" in it and it served lots of beer. We ordered sausages with red cabbage and sauerkraut and enjoyed the sights and sounds of locals clinking their beer steins and singing merrily to German folk songs. I was in my element. IMG_3109 - Copy Our bartender barely spoke English but "got me" nonetheless. I said I wanted something strong and fruity and he brought out THE BEST mixed champagne drink I have ever had! It was a concoction of Champagne, Rice Beer, Limoncello, Ice, Mint & Lime. OMGOSH it was so good. I had two, which made me a pleasant amount of tipsy. photo The very best part about our dinner experience was that our server smelled like beer. Not just one beer, but several. We quickly learned that this solidarity with his customers was customary. Just 5 euros ordered 6 beers for the kitchen staff! IMG_3110 - Copy photo 2 IMG_9239 - Copy That night we stayed at a hotel called "Innside". We inquired about our first room because we were assigned to two separate beds. The staff apologized profusely and upgraded us to another room. We couldn't stop laughing when we walked into the second room--the single beds were simply pushed together. We learned early on that Europe does not cater to those that like to share sheets... we always had our own. IMG_9246 - Copy Breakfast the next day was the best ever!!! I am still swooning over the fact that they provided dried coconut slices to accompany the freshly-made yogurt. How decadent! The also had an make-your-own espresso machine and the lattes were amazing! IMG_9245 - Copy (2) Sadly that is not Roger's butt. IMG_3111 - Copy The cherry on top of our already great start to our honeymoon was the car that we rented... a brand new convertible BMW 535i. Apparently it's a pretty sexy car, especially for passing others on the Autobahn. We had the pleasure of driving it for the next 4 days. Spoiler alert: It can go 240 km/h. I promise to share more of the rest of our trip soon!
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What I’m Reading

Roger and I each read three books during our honeymoon and another when came back to reality. Looking back I'm pretty impressed by this feat considering how busy we were. Attempting to travel light, we ended up sharing a lot of the same novels. This gave us an opportunity to talk about our thoughts and feelings towards the narratives and their themes. Even cooler was our discovery that we read at EXACTLY the same pace. Seriously. We spent a day at sea during our Mediterranean cruise and every time one of us left our pool chair for a bathroom break or a beverage we asked the other what page they were on. 51, 86, 131. We were ALWAYS on the same page. Every single time! Our books were different, but our font size was the same. I'm telling you guys... married life is super exciting! I encourage you to have couples' read-a-thon, unless you or your significant other reads at an other-worldly pace or doesn't read at all. That might be not be so fun. Here's a list of books I've recently enjoyed: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susanna Cahalan - I kept the light on way too late with this one, but it was totally worth the lack of sleep. It's like an episode of House exploded on the pages; I can't believe that this medical nightmare happened to someone and (spoiler alert!) that they made it out okay. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - The beginning was so incredibly fluffy that I almost had to regret my first Rome airport purchase. Luckily I found inspiration about halfway through and began poking at my novel again as a result. If you are an Eat, Pray, Love fan and a creativity-seeker like me, you might like this book. Just don't judge it by its intro. The Power of Why by Amanda Lang - This was an interesting read about the importance of curiosity in all of life's ventures, from business to early education to relationships. I especially liked that it was told from a Canadian's perspective. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer - My mom recommended this book to me after she discovered it at book club and like the naughty book worm that I am, I have yet to return it to her. After laughing myself silly along with the whims and follies of its beloved characters, I now find joy in simply having it live upon my bookshelf. I shall read it again and again... until I am forced to give it back. And guess what? I am visiting Guernsey Island next summer! Perhaps I can find someone to write on the insert! Or better yet... talk them into being my pen pal! Of the above mentioned list, Roger read items #1 and #3. He also read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and is working his way through The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I'm looking for something lovely for my next read. My cup of tea is historical fiction, preferably anything set in the early 1900s up to and including WWII; however, I am always open to suggestions. CS Lewis Quote
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Our Wedding Day Details

"I promise to encourage your compassion, nurture your dreams, budget your spending, and prepare our taxes. I also vow to always appreciate how lucky I am to have someone who makes me feel the way you do and to continue to try as hard as I can to make you feel as special as you make me feel, indefinitely" "I promise to cherish the life we make together, to support you always, and to never hold you in contempt. I promise to celebrate all of your successes no matter how small, to inspire you when you need the motivation, and to hold your hand through all life's challenges. I promise to always pick you up from the airport, to make you cups of tea, and to hug you abundantly." On July 18th 2015 I married my best friend. Surrounded by our loving families and dearest friends, Roger and I recited our personal vows during a beautiful lakeside ceremony. We were teary-eyed and shaky, but ever-so-happy to be embarking on this new life journey together... one of sleepover parties and never-ending spreadsheets. (If you were there, you'll get the joke.) I thought I'd share a few snapshots of our day, partly because I haven't blogged in weeks, but mostly because of how proud I am that everything came together so perfectly. Full disclosure: I was not a fan of the wedding planning process. It downright stressed me out. I called upon Roger, my mom, and my Maid of Honour to help me with most of the big decisions and I left a lot of the small details to the last minute. Like my hair... I didn't decide what to do with it until the morning of. And my accessories... you'd think after a year engagement I'd remember to buy matching earrings. I was never the girl to fantasize about her wedding day. The dress, the shoes, the decorations - they didn't faze me much. What I always dreamed about was the man who I would someday call my husband, what would he be like, and how would I feel about him, not just standing at the altar, but weeks afterwards when all the flowers wilted and the honeymoon was over. Wedding planning was really hard and I know marriage isn't easy, but it is already a whole lot more fun! Please enjoy! xoxo

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