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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Friday, February 5, 2010


field of dreamsImage by Darwin Bell via Flickr
Spring is sure to come soon, at least I'm crossing my fingers!

I love Bavaria in the snow, but now the beauty of it has given way to its'  impracticality.  The snow has melted and  the diving temperatures have left sheets of ice on the roads and sidewalks making navigating in the city very dangerous.  The slushy re-frozen residue is ugly and the wind is bitter. 

 I'm afraid the fairy tale Bavarian Winter has run it course....at least for me.

My mind is months ahead.  Since we have lots on the agenda, I find that it is difficult to be in the "here and now."  I am dreaming of the months ahead and the events that will take us to the warm sunshine. 

Snow Road
Image by quinet via Flickr

I just want to escape the cold! 

I am looking at returning to the U.S. in late March to take the family to Disney World.  The warm temperatures of Florida are tempting me so much that it is all I can do not to book an earlier flight.

ORLANDO - MAY 29: In this handout photo provid...

So many times I wish I could be in two places at one time.  I know I will return to Munich by May-- in time for my mother-in-law to arrive from Australia.   But,  in July, we have dear friends whose daughter is getting married back in the states.   The wedding, in the plans now, will be in Harbor Springs, Michigan where the bride has always dreamed it would be.

Mysterious bride
Image by sparktography via Flickr

In September, hubby has been invited to be a guest speaker at a conference in, YA HOO--  Brazil!  This will be our first first trip to South America where the temperatures are beckoning me now, as I blog.  Beaches, sun, warmth-- instead of -2 degrees and freezing. 

Bring it on!

Praia do Cachorro

Finally, in  October, we are planning to take a Mediterranean Cruise with our Shanghai Expat Friends Couples group.  Each year we plan a reunion and this year it will be on a cruise ship while exploring the Greek islands.

Meanwhile, I have to find a way to enjoy the present.

MS Majesty of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean...Image via Wikipedia

But as the map below shows, I'm hardly alone here in the Northern Hemisphere.
So, I will stop dreaming of the future and like millions of others braving the cold temperatures, I'll zip up my parka and don my ski cap and pray that Jack Frost is kind and spring isn't far behind.. 

An animation (satellite images) showing season...

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Laura said...

We've had some fun this winter with sledding and such, but now I'm done with it! Please, on to spring...
Laura in Ludwigsburg (near Stutgart)

Frau said...

Lucky you ....I want to go to Greece in Spring I think it's better to do a cruise and see more. I love the snow really but come on! Have a wonderful weekend.

Expat Traveler said...

I think experiencing it all is the best of all worlds. We have warm weather and I love it right now, but we don't know what the future will hold for us..

Sounds like it will be an exciting year for you!

swenglishexpat said...

It sounds like you would subscribe to this:

"In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer."
by Albert Camus

(Just found it on another blog.)

Expats Again said...

Laura, I soooo agree with you. Enough winter!

Frau, Seems like this has been an harsh winter, with no respite. I think we are all ready to move into spring.

Expat, Lucky you with warm weather. Take it when you can get it! Crossing my fingers here.

swinglish, I DO SUBSCRIBE to that quote. It is absolutely "Perfect!"