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Back…to Los Angeles!


For the last few days of our vacation, we stayed in the Historic Core of Los Angeles. Our AirBnB didn’t seem to have the best insulation, as you could hear every conversation (and screaming match) on the street below, even though we had the windows shut tight. Thankfully, we brought ear plugs, so the arguments that went on well past 4AM were reduced to a dull roar.

Our friends really wanted to see the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, so those were our first stops. I wasn’t too excited about the Walk of Fame, as it’s just names stamped in concrete, but there were a few surprises that gave me a chuckle. Did you know Godzilla has his own star? Well, now you do! Sadly, I didn’t grab a picture, but I did take a few around the theater. There, at least, the names in concrete were actually written by the celebrities!

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Viva Las Vegas!


After a long drive through Death Valley, we spent two nights in Las Vegas.

I had been to Las Vegas about 10 years prior, on a trip to visit with family. My memories proved to be a bit grander than reality; I had told my husband on several occasions that he needed to see Las Vegas before we left the United States. I regaled him with tales of “huge fountains,” a “ceiling that changes,” and “lions in a glass cage, which is kind of sad, actually…”

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Death Valley and the Mojave Desert


As I mentioned in my last post, we left Los Angeles extremely early the very next day. The plan was to drive to Las Vegas through the Death Valley, spend two days in Vegas, and then head back to Los Angeles for the rest of our vacation. I will admit, I was initially bummed out by how the trip was planned. I don’t like long car rides, and it seemed like a huge waste of time; if it were up to me, we would have flown into Las Vegas, spent two or three nights there, and then taken the fastest route possible to Los Angeles.

Well, I’m glad we didn’t. Sure, sitting in the car for the majority of two days was not fun, but the scenic views more than made up for my cramped legs.

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Venice Beach, California


If I had to sum up the first day of our vacation/double honeymoon in a single picture, it would be the one above, as it’s just one of many that I took of this bird across a half-mile stretch of Venice Beach. Was it actually the same bird? Well, as my husband pointed out every time I said, “there he is again!” it probably wasn’t. In my heart, though, it was.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though.

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Visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan


It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? The past few months have been busy with wedding planning, visiting with friends and family from Germany, the wedding itself, and a double honeymoon with my husband’s best friends. It’s been stressful, but also a ton of fun!

Today, I’m going to share some of the photos I took at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, which we took our overseas guests to visit as part of our “tour of metro Detroit.”

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Moving to Germany


I’ve known for some time that a move to Germany was a very real possibility. My fiancé, Jan, is a German citizen here on a work Visa. We’ve known for some time that, someday, Germany would be our permanent home.

It seemed so far off, though, that I didn’t really worry too much about what such a change would really mean. This was especially true when we thought he might extend the contract one more year, meaning we would be here until October 2018. Now, we may be leaving as early as this May, but certainly no later than the beginning of this October.

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John Oliver in Detroit


Last Friday, Jan and I saw John Oliver perform stand-up at the Fox Theater in Detroit. To say we were both pumped would be an understatement; I bought the tickets the very first day they went on sale in July. I’ve been a fan of Oliver since his time on the Daily Show as a correspondent, and even though Jan never had the fortune to see the Daily Show before Trevor Noah took over, he watches Last Week Tonight with the same undivided attention I used to give Jon Stewart.

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