Last week at home – Germany recap part II

Monday morning, I woke up to something I had already accepted to not see (in the Rhineland) during my stay in Germany. Snow! Lots of it. Like 8 inches.


I felt like a little kid, starring out of the window in awe at the beautiful white blanket that had been spread over our town. Don’t they say snow makes everything more quiet? I think, it’s true.

The downside to all my excitement was that I had planned to catch the train and meet Ilka in Köln (Cologne) for breakfast that morning, but there was no way in hell that this was going to happen with all the snow chaos that was to be expected on the streets.
Ilka called shortly after to confirm my thoughts.
With heavy hearts, we had to cancel our plans for that day.

However, I took the opportunity to go for a snow walk with my Mom and aunt in the afternoon. Besides the snow, it was freakin’ cold as well (-15°C which is 5°F), but at least sunny. I bundled up with all the warm clothes that I had and we took a walk through the fields and forest over to my sister’s place at the other end of town. It was so much fun!

Snow walk!


Nina served us some hot coffee and cookies when we got there.

Since we expected the snow to stay for a couple of days because of the very low temperatures, that Germany hadn’t seen in ages, our plans for the rest of the week were kept tentative.
I had planned to spend a day shopping in Köln (Cologne) with my sister at some point during my vacation, but unfortunately it looked like it wasn’t going to happen… but then we spontaneously decided to go to Köln on Tuesday, because it was my parents’ last day off (school started again on Wednesdays) and we wanted to do something fun as a family.

I am so glad we went, because not only did I buy a couple of nice shirts, but also got my belated Christmas present from my sister – a new (ESPRIT!) purse. Isn’t it pretty?

My new purse

It was labeled 80€. There was a 20% off sale for all previously discounted bags, which didn’t seem to apply to my handbag. BUT, when I went to the registrar and the guy rung up my purse, it showed that it was discounted to 55€. I got another 20% off on top of that and then my Mom had given me a 25€-gift certificate that she hadn’t used, so that the purse effectively only cost 19€! What a steal!

Besides all that, I got to spend (more) time with Nina, Greta and my parents, which was the most important thing :)

The next morning, my parents left for work (school) around 7:30 a.m. and I decided to get fresh rolls at the bakery and go over and have breakfast at my sister’s place. I hung out there until the early afternoon, then went downtown to run some errands and picked up Nina and Greta from the “baby massage lesson”.
Afterward, I went to see another one of my friends who had just given birth to a baby girl a few days before New Year’s. It was great to see her and the baby :)

In the evening, Nina, Dirk and I took my parents out to dinner at a local restaurant downtown.

Thursday morning, I met with my friend Ira and we went for another snow walk and had some hot tea at a little café afterward. It was great to spend some more one-on-one time with her, since it always seems like there is not enough of it.

snow walk with my friend
Ira and San

In the afternoon, I visited my Granddad for a while, then went shopping with Nina, Greta and my great-aunt and had coffee and cake at her place afterward.

I spent the night at Nina’s place and we had dinner together ( Möhren untereinander – mashed potatoes/carrots/apples , something that we would call “Hausmannskost” (home cooking)) and then talked the rest of the night. Since Greta is a little “night owl” as well, we stayed up until 1:30 a.m.

Friday morning, Nina took me to the train station and I took the train to K̦ln to finally meet Ilka for our postponed breakfast! I was so happy that we could still squeeze that in! We had a lovely time, which was Рas
always – much too short!

Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

Ilka and San
Ilka and San

The afternoon I spent packing and hanging out with my family. In the evening, we went out to what by now has become our traditional “farewell dinner” at my favorite Italian restaurant “Alla Scala”.
Oh, how I had longed for the yummy pizza rolls with garlic butter… :)
We had a fun evening and I tried not to think about my suitcase that needed to be pack and zipped up when I returned home.

Farewell Dinner @ Alla Scala

I still can’t believe how fast time flew by and that I’ve been back in the States for over a week again already. I can only hope that time keeps flying until can go back to visit.

Thanks for making it all the way down here. I know it’s been quite the long recap!



  1. Oh, I just loved reading your recaps of your trip. Sounds so satisfying and happy – glad you had such a wonderful time.

    My life has been SO crazy lately, but I’ll try to update soon. Have missed you!

  2. Of course I read all the way down.
    I am so happy for you that you had a good time.
    Snow is gone over here in Bavaria and it is raining since Sunday night.

    Ich sag nur: Blitzeis! Wunderbar,… *seufz*

  3. your pictures are beautiful – as always – and i can’t believe how white germany actually was a little further south… it didn’t look like that up here – that’s for sure. lots of grey in bremen these days :( it’s so great to read about what a great time you had and i’m glad you got to “fuel up” on some family time. again, i’m sad we didn’t get to meet up but the next time for sure!!! *dicker knutscher*

  4. I read until the very end!
    You know, you are very brave my dear. You chose love!! Even though this love took you far from your family. In your heart you will always be close to them, and someday you and J will have a family here of your own.
    But by leaving your homeland, your family and moving far to be with J. you show me that you are strong and ready to take on the world.
    I knew a woman once. She is also German. She could not bring herself to take the chance on love and move to the USA. She stayed. She never found love in Germany and eventually her family died off. Now she is alone and she wonders why there is no one to love or to love her. It is so sad.
    You my dear, are WONDERFUL!!!! And the days will fly by and again you will be with your family in Germany for another wonderful visit.

  5. the snow pictures you took are AMAZING!

    i hope you got over your “homesickness” a little bit in the meantime. i know how hard it is.

    kriegst einen dicken knutscher von mir :XXX

  6. first of all i was very happy we were able to make it happen this time, and of course it was way too short but better than nothing right? your pics are really beautiful. it was crazy cold but so nice with all that sun.
    i am glad you had such a good and eventful time at home. smooch

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