Dreaming About France

    February 17, 2018
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    I’ve been dreaming about France a lot lately. Partly because I’ve never been there, and partly because Sven and I have decided to spend two months there this spring!

    The photos above are from Pinterest and Workaway

    After Sven received his working contract, we spent quite some time going back and fourth about what we will do between now and August (when his position begins). Originally, we discussed traveling throughout SE Asia, but that idea fizzled out pretty quickly after we started skimming through the details. With as much as we both have on our plates (S finishing his masters thesis and me organizing my visa application, starting my freelance career, and taking language classes) planning a trip to the Orient seemed all too overwhelming. Also, our savings would be taking a pretty big hit too.

    So in the midst of all this discussion, at some point I (half jokingly) said,

    “I’ve never been to France. Why don’t we just go live on the countryside and work on a chateau?”

    As it turns out, this isn’t all too difficult to organize – we’ll even be living in some of the chateaus featured above!

    S and I made a Workaway profile, and within a few days we had scheduled to live and work on three different chateaus on the French countryside. Our journey will begin in April in the region of Burgundy, and then we will spend a few weeks in Loire Valley. We still haven’t decided on where we will go for the last two weeks in May and the first week of June (for my birthday), but we’re happy to have the month of April and half of May completely charted!

    I’m so looking forward to spring weather and to be spending time outdoors. We will be working part-time on the chateaus, helping the hosts with day-to-day tasks. Then we will have the rest of our days and weekends to explore French villages and the countryside! I’ve never worked and traveled with Workaway before, so I’m really excited to see how it is! I’ll try to share all the details here too. 🙂 It seems like such an amazing way to make an authentic experience in a country while living in an amazing place without annihilating your savings.

    2018 is certainly a year of flexibility… and perhaps the year for living out of a suitcase. We have even more travel plans coming up in June and July too. I’ll tell you guys all about those later!

    If you’ve every traveled to Burgundy or Loire Valley, tell me about your favorite places to explore in the comments!

    All the best,
    Rebecca

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    Blickfang Design Show, Hamburg Germany

    February 5, 2018
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    Over the weekend I had the great pleasure of visiting the Blickfang Internationale Designmesse.

    Above are just a few photos I snapped during the show in Hamburg. 

    Blickfang features a beautiful mix of designers across a wide range of genres. This designmesse plays host to innovatively manufactured furniture, finely crafted jewelry, and everything in between (such as artisan distilled gin). While each booths’ showcase was unique, all of the exhibitors seemed to share one common attribute – a playful and imaginative spirit for design.

    In contrast to Hamburg’s winter moodiness, the Blickfang vibe was vibrant and uplifting. Pastels and florals seemed to be a reoccurring theme of the show, and bright pops of tangerine were absolutely eye-catching against the white backdrop of the exhibition hall. All in all, I left feeling inspired and invigorated… and ready for some cheerful summer weather. 😉

    Check out the Blickfang Design Shop

    All the best,
    Rebecca

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    Postcards From Hamburg Germany

    February 4, 2018
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    Some days, the ocean between me and my family and friends feels bigger than normal.

    Todays is one of those days. But I suppose that feeling is simply a part of moving.

    I wanted to share a few postcards from winter in Hamburg. I’ve been going on little visits to the city center and I discover something new every time. Hamburg truly is a beautiful city, although I’m not sure if I’m convinced by the winter weather. The continuous grey sky is something that takes time to adjust to.

    Tomorrow, I’ll begin German classes in the city. I’m looking forward to having a bit more structure to my days and to begin truly learning the language. Hopefully being in a classroom setting will make it better. New languages have never been easy for me!

    All the best,
    Rebecca

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    Exciting News: We’re Moving to Bremen

    February 1, 2018
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    I have some very exciting news to share today!

    Sven and I will be moving to Bremen Germany.

    I know… it seems like we’re always moving.

    It’s very funny to be writing this post after publishing a post yesterday about dealing with the uncertainties of life (you can read that here).

    Last night while we were eating dinner, Sven received a call with a job offer for his dream position! It feels so good to know what will come next for us, and I’m am just so excited and proud of Sven to have been given this offer.

    We won’t be moving to Bremen right away because the position doesn’t begin until the end of summer. Now we have to figure out what we will do between now and then. We’re considering doing a bit of extended travel through the spring and summer until it’s time to get settled into our new lives in Bremen. All of my belongings are still packed up in storage right now, so we might as well take advantage of that while we can.

    Perhaps we’ll take a tour through South East Asia? 😉

    I’m also so excited that we can start looking for a flat soon! I would be lying if I said I didn’t already have my eye on a few 😉 . Have any of you guys traveled to Bremen / lived there? I’m so curious to learn more about this city where we will live!

    All the best,
    Rebecca

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    Mid-Century Modern Daydream: January Updates

    January 31, 2018
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    Today is the last day of 2018’s first month, and I feel like we’ve had a wild start into the year.

    Today also feels like a good day to share some more personal updates. I want to take a little bit of time to talk about the ups and downs of life. As a blogger, it’s tempting to only share the highlights. But in between the travel, photoshoots, and coffee dates, there are days filled with much tougher realities.

    Don’t get me wrong – I have so much in life to be thankful for. But right now, Sven and I are living through a season filled with much change and uncertainty. I want to tell you all a little more about that side of our lives today.

    If you’ve been following my blog for the past few months, you already know that Sven and I moved to Germany in December. If you want to get up to-speed-on those details, you can read about it here.

    Moving across the ocean was step one. Now that we’re here, there is still so much to be done. I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t a bit frightening. We still have a lot to figure out, and I have a great deal of important things to focus on right now. I’m in the process of applying for a German visa, shifting my design career to the freelance realm, and trying to learn a new language. Sven is in the final phases of writing his masters thesis and is also on the job market. We’ve been staying with Sven’s parents since arriving in December, and now we are housesitting for Sven’s uncle while he’s on holiday.

    While the weight of so many unknowns can be overwhelming, I’ve also been overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement we have received from our friends and family. I’m looking forward to the days ahead when Sven and I will be settled somewhere. The days when our lives will have a little more clarity. But I also know that this will be a time in our lives we look back on with feelings of gratitude for all that we will learn and all that we will overcome.

    “Mountains are beautiful, but fruit grows in valleys.”

    I’m excited to see where this journey will take us – what types of projects I’ll take on, how our careers will evolve, where we will move to. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

    With love,
    Rebecca

    The snapshots above are from our current dwellings – it feels a bit like living in a cozy mid-century modern daydream.

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    ECO Eyewear: My Favorite Glasses

    January 29, 2018
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    A week before moving to Germany I visited my ophthalmologist. As it turns out, my eye-sight has gone down hill fast, which meant it was time for me to pick out new glasses.

    Finding the perfect glasses can be super tough. But it was easy for me to make my pick after discovering ECO by MODO. My frames are from their GLOMMA collection. As soon as I tried them on, I knew they were the glasses I wanted to wear everyday.
    – Three Reasons to Wear ECO Frames by MODO –

     

    1. Good Design

    Everything about these glasses has been thoughtfully designed. Not only are MODO frames ultra stylish, they are also a dream to wear. There frames are incredibly lightweight and hardly noticeable on your face, even after a full day. Furthermore, ECO frames can be more than just glasses. The clip-on sunglasses are perhaps the most amazing design aspect of the frames I selected. These little sunglasses seamlessly align to the face of the frames and are connected by “invisible” magnets, making them the ultimate two-in-one eyewear options.

     

    2. Sustainable Materials

    All of MODO’s ECO frames are produced with sustainable materials. Their Biobased frames (such as my GLOMMAs) are made from 63% plant-based materials like castor seeds, while their Recycled frames are produced out of 95% recycled materials.

     

    3. Environmental Responsibility

    For every set of ECO frames sold, the company plants one tree through their ONE FRAME – ONE TREE program. Since 2009, ECO has planted over 1.5 million trees. How amazing is that!?

     

    As someone who cares a lot about our planet, I get really excited when I discover a brand that also cares and makes it a focus of their business. We should all try to be a little bit more environmentally friendly, and I feel like ECO is doing a really nice job in this.

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    Shop the GLOMMA collection | glasses + clip-on sunglasses

    These photos were taken during our latest trip – a four day adventure through Belgium.

    Even though we were really on-the-go and visited four cities during our short stay, I still managed to write a few postcards over some coffee! I’ll be sharing quite a few travel blogs in the upcoming weeks. If you haven’t read my lastest travel journal from our first day in Athens, you can check it out here. There are several more Greece travel posts to be written before I can move onto Belgium, so stay tuned! And for a “less refined” look into my everyday, be sure to follow me on Instagram and check out my story.

    All the best,
    Rebecca

    this post was written in collaboration with ECO

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    Snowy Day in Hamburg

    January 18, 2018
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    Today we woke up to a snow covered Hamburg. And snowy Hamburg is a dreamy Hamburg.

    Sven and I went on a little stroll through the forest after breakfast and coffee. I love how clean snow makes the world look. Everything appears to be so bright, and the contrast between the white and deep evergreen is magical to me.

    Now we’re off to the cinema and then to do sports.

    P.S. – Sven doesn’t really like it when I take his photo – but he’s such a good model. I can’t help myself sometimes 😛
    Mix For Today by Alex Aero – Music to chill your mind and lift your mood.
    Later!
    Rebecca

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    Athens Greece: Acropolis Views and Orange Trees

    January 17, 2018
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    Athens Greece Travel Journal – Day 1

    Scrolling through my photos from Athens Greece makes me wish I was back in the sunshine.

    Athens in January is super nice – it was 17 degrees and sunny our entire stay. It’s not exactly warm enough for a swim in the Mediterranean (even though we still went for one), but it’s warm enough to be outside all day without having to bundle up too much. The nicest thing is that Athens Greece is far less crowded in January than it is in the summer months. We did most of the touristy things and didn’t have to spend a lot of time waiting in queues or pushing through crowds.

    After enjoying a lazy breakfast, we took to the streets and made our way to the Acropolis. It’s amazing to walk around these places that are so old which are landmarks for so many historic events. The view of the valley is also really amazing to see from this elevation – I can understand why the ancient Greeks chose this spot.

    From there, we spent the day strolling around Pláka – the oldest neighborhood surrounding northeastern side of the Acropolis. There are a lot of little shops to explore and we found the best snacks at Lulu’s Bakery and Deli – delicious feta pies baked with other fresh veggies. Yum!

    The cozy streets of Pláka are perhaps my favorite part of Athens. I love seeing the little houses painted different colors and imagining how the courtyards look behind each little garden gate. Orange and lemon trees line the streets and there are lazy cats on every corner. I was sad to see how much graffiti had been sprayed around the city. I can imagine how lovely it would be if people were nicer and didn’t feel like they needed to “add their own touch” everywhere. Nevertheless, we enjoyed looking at the cute little clusters of homes terraced below the city’s most famous monument.

    We also stopped for some Greek coffee in Pláka. It was something to experience, but it wasn’t for me. I ended up ordering my standard cappuccino a few sips in. Try everything once, right? 😛

    – Outfit Details –

    Leather Jacket from All Saints // Backpack from Aimee Kestenberg // Dress from Forever21 // Boots from Vegabond Shoemaker
    All the best,
    Rebecca

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    Hamburg Winter Street Style

    January 17, 2018
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    We have “bundle-up” weather here in Hamburg.

    While the temperatures aren’t painfully cold, it’s the wind that you have to look out for. It can be really mean when it rolls off the harbor. So I’m slowing learning that layers are the key to survival. I even wear a pair of knitted tights under my Levis!

    The day after we arrived home from Greece, my massive shipment (with the rest of my wardrobe) arrived at Sven’s parents’ house. It’s so much fun to “rediscover” my clothes again! I’ve been living out of a suitcase since November which meant limited options. I haven’t unpacked everything yet, but every few days I go dig around in my boxes in the cellar and find something different to wear. It’s like shopping at home and everything is in my size!

    As a blogger, it’s easy to feel compelled to spend money on new items to feature.
    But clothing doesn’t have to be new to be excellent.

    I’m wearing some of my favorite old Levis, a cozy wool coat I bought years ago, and a fuzzy pink scarf I got last year.

    I would like to recommend these leather boots from Vagabond Shoemaker – I bought them right before we went to Greece and they are the best leather boots I’ve ever owned! They are comfy for walking hours in, sturdy, and mold to your feet perfectly. They are the absolute perfect every-day boot.

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    Three Things I’ve Learned Since Moving To A New Country

    January 12, 2018
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    When Sven and I first decided that I would move back to Germany with him, most of my thoughts on the topic were super idealistic. But reality set in quickly after I began thinking about the details.

    The process of deciding to quit my job, part with 80% of my belongings, say goodbye to my family and friends, and basically uproot my entire life was challenging by itself. Actually doing all of those things wasn’t easy either.

    But with a lot of planning, embracing a jam-packed schedule, and coping with a little bit of stress, I managed to get myself to the other side of the ocean without having a nervous breakdown. Now that I’ve arrived, I’ve realized that getting to Germany was really only the first leg of the journey. Moving is one thing, but settling into a new country comes with its own set of challenges. In general, things have gone really well for us. But as with any major life event, there have been a few unforeseen woes amidst the exhilaration of change.

    It’s been almost a month since I arrived on a one-way ticket. Things have been coming together quickly I feel. I’ve become a registered resident of Hamburg (a “Hamburger”) and have received my Meldebestätigung (a very important document you’ll need if you ever move to Germany ). I’ve also been assigned a tax identification number, registered for a bank account (with N26), setup a German phone number (and finally got it working!), signed up for German language classes (with the Deutsch Akademie), joined a sports club, and received the huge shipment of all my belongings (handled by UPakWeShip).

    Considering that we had the Holiday Season and a trip to Greece sandwiched between my arrival and now, I think it has been a relatively smooth transition.

    Yesterday, I picked up a bike – my new primary means of transportation. In two months from now, I’ll (hopefully) be granted my freelance visa. And half a year after intensive studying, I’ll (hopefully) be semi-fluent in German. At least these are the things that I expect will happen. But as I’ve discovered, there are bound to be several unexpected aspects. So today, I thought I would share a few that I’ve already encountered since my move.


    Three Things I’ve Learned Since Moving To A New Country

    When I first sat down to write this post, the original title was “Three Things I’ve Learned Since Moving To Germany“. After going through my list however, I feel like these things are applicable regardless of where you move. Especially if it’s a transoceanic move.

    – 1 –

    Daily tasks require more capacity.

    When you move to a new country, everything is a little bit different. Things that would normally be second-nature require more of your mental capacity. As you adjust to new norms, daily tasks such as paying the cashier, checking the temperature outside, ordering a coffee, and even walking down the sideway (and remembering not to stand in the bike lane) demand a little bit more from your brain then normal. Everyday is a continuous learning experience and acclimating takes time.

    Simple tasks can be super draining at first. You might need to adjust your self-expectation levels in the beginning until you get the hang of everyday stuff. You might reach your daily limit a lot early than you’re used to. This is ok and this is normal. Give yourself more time, try to get some extra rest, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

    – 2 –

    Not speaking the language is very difficult.

    Moving to a new country and not understanding the language is overwhelming, exhausting, and isolating. It’s easy to feel alone, even in a room full of people, when you can’t understand the conversation. It’s frustrating to not be able to express your needs. It’s embarrassing to always have to ask, “Is English ok?” when you’re out running errands and need some assistance. It’s fatiguing to be the only non-German speaker in a group of people who are all speaking English simply for your sake.

    Existing in a world where everyone around you adjusts to make up for your inability is emotionally overwhelming. On one hand, you’re filled with feelings of appreciation and relief (I’m thankful everyday that Sven comes from a country where most of the people speak my native language). On the other hand, it’s hard to not feel bad about yourself. You feel needy, you feel incompetent, you feel like an outsider – no matter how nice and accommodating people are. It’s a hard situation to navigate through. But remember, you’re not the first person to be in this situation. With time and a lot of practice, words and understanding will come to you. (I remind myself this ten times a day!)

    – 3 –

    A new environment can make you feel like a new person.

    Or maybe you just discover more about who you really are when your environment changes. Everyday is a opportunity to learn something entirely new about yourself. You become more aware of your needs and your limits when everything you’ve grown accustom is suddenly different. Some discoveries can be surprisingly positive; others can be shockingly negative.

    You learn about your ability to cope with stress when you step out of your comfort zone. You discover a new appreciation for things which you might have taken for granted when they are no longer present in your life. In the same way, you develop a value for the newly discovered aspects of life you weren’t aware of until now. It feels a little bit like growing up again. What’s even more exciting is that you have an opportunity to leave your negative attributes behind. You become a new person by default as a response to the change, and you have a chance to reimagine the type of person you want to become. Everyday there’s something new to discover, and you yourself are no exception.


    As Sven and I navigate through this new season of life together, I hope to continue sharing some of the personal details. I myself have gained so much value and insight from other individuals who have shared their similar journeys of an international move on the internet. As a blogger, I also want to contribute my experience in hopes that I can pass on some helpful insight or tips on the matter.

    All the best,
    Rebecca

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