An Ode to Life in Europe

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile then you’ll know my family has been living abroad in Germany for several years now.

What started as a small assignment during my college years turned into an extended stay with a minor 1-year blip in a small town in Georgia {we tend to forget that ever happened though 😉 }

I can still vividly remember my first time flying 7 hours across the ocean to Frankfurt Airport and gazing out the window as we touched down wondering what this magically beautiful new place was going to bring.

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Everything was completely different to anything I’d ever experienced in America.

From the fashion to the food, to the architecture to the simple day to day life. It was, quite literally, a whole new world and I was lucky to still be at an age where I could soak it all in.

I will always give credit to living in Germany and lots of travel in Europe for opening me up to welcome new experiences, new people, and forever inspiring me to grow into the person I am today.

Living abroad greatly influenced my style and taught me the importance of knowing how to properly dress myself {not every trend works for every body type, even for me!} and how to find the perfect balance between classic and trendy pieces to truly express my personality and sense of self.

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Life in Europe brought experiences that will remain with me forever:

Skiing in the Alps (I totally had a Sound of Music moment).

Seeing Wicked with Idina Menzel in London {I still remember the chills I got when she sang Defying Gravity, pretty sure I cried}.

Crashing the VIP section of Christmas Mass at The Vatican {my dad and I snuck in and only sat 5 rows away from the the Pope, hehe}

Touring the German river wine country {the early beginnings of my wino ways}.

And embracing a bohemian lifestyle in Amsterdam – these are only a few of the experiences that will forever influence me. So much so, I’m determined to raise my future children to have a global perspective of life (Summers spent touring the South France, perhaps?! In my dreams, yes.) and have them experience as much, if not more, than I have.

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You’re probably wondering why I’m being so sentimental and reminiscing my time in Europe like the continent is going somewhere. Well as of today my family is officially moving back to the States and while I am excited to no longer have an 8 hour time difference when trying to call as well as not having to spend $1000+ for a flight home, it is a bittersweet moment as I had truly come to think of Germany as home.

And I always will. Just like other places I’ve lived for a long periods of time including Charleston, DC, and good ol’ Chicago, I have many cherished memories and did a lot of growing up.

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So I’m looking at this post as an ode to my time in Europe. And in closing, I highly encourage traveling abroad {especially if you’re still in school!} I guarantee you it will be an experience you’ll never forget and will open you up to whole new world – literally and figuratively 😉

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So cheers to Europe! You’ll forever hold a place in my heart and hopefully one day soon I can get back to you!

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend, stay awesome! 😉

6 Responses to An Ode to Life in Europe

  1. Fancy is as fancy does. This….is fancy. Mr. Fancy must admit to a bohemian lifestyle is one he adores. Safe travels. AU REVOIR.

  2. Oh I must go to there! Awww this was such a cute post. What an awesome excuse to travel back and forth in between countries, I’ve always wished I had family overseas so I could do that, but alas, I’ll try the old fashioned way once my income looks a lot better lol. I love that last pic of you!

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