Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bittersweet Goodbye


This Thursday will be my last teaching day. I have tears in my eyes as I write this post and wonder where the years went. Living and teaching overseas has been an incredible journey for me. The memories, both happy and sad, the traveling, the German community and military families have enriched my life in so many ways.

Germany has been home and the children I teach; their families and my friends and co-workers have been my “family” for so many years. The many people I have met and worked with have left a positive mark on my life and I hope I have done the same for them, especially the many young children who have entered my classroom. Teaching overseas has been challenging at times and adapting to these challenges has helped me to grow to be a better teacher and person. I have learned that people are the same everywhere and our fears, hopes, happiness and tears connect us all.


As I reflect on my experiences, I am so thankful for the opportunities to travel and see the rich history and cultural experiences Europe offers and have never regretted my decision to live and work overseas. It has been a wonderful life that many may say they never had. I may be retiring as a teacher, but I will carry these countless adventures and experiences with me as I begin the next journey in my life. And although I will miss living in Germany…it is time to come home.















Saturday, May 13, 2017

Favorite German Towns


I may be leaving Germany, but I am encouraging all of you to come and visit so you can experience yourself the amazing sights, countryside and history Germany has to offer.  I have lived in several areas of Germany and have traveled to many more. From the metropolitan cities to the quaint villages, I have enjoyed them all. Some of my favorite places that I recommend are areas that are close to where I have lived. These include Trier, Bernkastel, and villages along the Mosel River. I also recommend Garmisch for the mountains and beautiful countryside as well as Rothenburg to experience a step back in time within the walled city. It’s never too late to travel to Germany whether you are retired or not!!

Here are a few of my favorite out of the way places that you may want to visit:

Traben Traubach







Bernkastel-Kues 








Garmisch 







Mosel River Valley





Rothenburg ob der Tauber








Trier



Fun Activities:





















Monday, May 1, 2017

Things I'll Miss


   

It is the beginning of May and my time as a
    DoDDS teacher is nearing the end. As I frantically try to complete all the retirement paper work, pack out my house, teach, and everything else that needs to be done, I have had to remind myself to stop, breathe and take a look around. I still live in Germany! I have had the privilege to see the beauty, culture and many sights this country has to offer. I have enjoyed the fields full of flowers and mountains of snow, the spring green and colorful autumns. I have visited castles and cathedrals that are centuries old.  I have driven 100mph on the autobahn! I have eaten many varieties of schnitzel, black forest cake in the black forest, and gotten fresh bread from the neighborhood bakeries. And I have celebrated many Christmas’ at markets all around the country. I may have lived here for many years, but I still have to pinch myself as a reminder that it has not been a dream. The endless paperwork will not get the best of me!!!

Beauty of the country



Castles







 Christmas markets



 Respect for the environment, their animals, and trees! 

Flowers





 Pace of life




 Age old traditions





 Autobahns & Public Transportation


 Recycling



 Bakeries (fresh bread)








Food






Windows