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Looking Back At 2015

2015 has been a big year. I lived in many places and it was a big year of personal growth for myself. I had the time of my life in Paris, spent a summer relaxing and coming to myself back home in Los Angeles, before making the move to study in Munich (one of my best decisions yet). While this year has by no means been easy, I can only say that everything that has happened has been for the better. Many things didn’t go as expected, but I am so happy to say that everything the way it is now has turned out more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.

This year was also made great by new friends and old, a family that’s always there for me, and cities that helped me find myself and who I am. I am so excited to see what 2016 brings, hopefully a year of many travels and building my life in Germany. Cheers to you all, and thank you to all that have followed along. Boatloads of my favorite photos from the year below!

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5 Excellent Books About Living in France

1. Almost French – An Australian woman’s account of her move to Paris with a new French boyfriend. Incredibly insightful, and a huge help when I was feeling a little bit lost at the beginning of my time in Paris. (here)
2. Just One Day – A book that perfectly captures the feeling of being young, hopeful, and falling in love in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (here)
3. The Paris Wife – About the life of Hemingway’s first wife after she follows her husband to Paris. The book hits home when it comes to the feelings of loneliness that can arise at times, even in such a beautiful place. (here)
4. Anna and the French Kiss – The book that made me want to go to Paris in the first place. I love it just because of how sweet the story is, describing two young adults as they truly fall in love for the first time in the city of light. (here)
5. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are –  A bit of a lighter read, but a real insider look into the hearts and minds of Parisian women. (here)

Honorable mentions:  Lessons From Madame Chic & Lunch in Paris (here & here)

Also check out the 5 books that inspired me to travel here.

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Exploring the Nymphenburg Palace

On an exceptionally warm day at the end of August, my mother and I made our way over to the Nymphenburg Palace, an old estate located right outside of the city center. Easy to reach with public transportation, we spent a wonderful afternoon roaming the castle grounds, savoring the shady walkways and an iced coffee when even the groves got too warm to bear. Here are some photos from that day, along with bits of advice, should you ever find yourself with the chance to visit.

 

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Yes, I’m Alive!

So, do you guys know those points in time where life just seems to never stop? Well, that has been mine since I packed up my belongings and left Los Angeles nearly three months ago (wow). So, in the words of Adele, hello again my wonderful readers. What a time this beginning in Munich has been.

Truthfully, it has literally taken a terrible cold to get me to stay in my apartment for longer than 24 hours for the first time since arriving in Germany, but I’m glad to have the chance to write here again. So, what has changed? To begin, I’m keeping my sick body hydrated by sipping water from the liter jug (Maß) I stole took from the Oktoberfest. I successfully completed my language course in September, and have been studying at the LMU München for 5 weeks now. My new apartment is settled in, and I’ve met incredible people along the way. I spent all my money at Oktoberfest, and enjoyed sunny days exploring Bavaria. And now, I am enjoying student life, days spent studying and nights spend grabbing drinks with friends, complaining about how much work Uni (already) is. I love it!!

In September I traveled around with my language course and visiting Austria (Salzburg) for the first time, along with seeing the castle of my dreams, Neuschwanstein. I spent the warmest day I’ve had so far at the Starnberger Sea, and am now planning a girl’s trip to Austria to check out the Christmas markets. My studies are fun, and while moving to an apartment at the other side of the city wasn’t easy, it’s the coziest little place.

Life is good, and I promise I’m going to try to start sharing a bit more of it again. I’ve missed you all, and to those of you who are still here, thank you for sticking around.

More soon (and lots of photos!).

xx Julia

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Remembering The Past In Berlin

At dinner with a friend a few nights ago, the subject of the Holocaust came up in our conversation. She (my friend) had spent the summer in London, and had been planning to visit Berlin until one of her friends flat out refused. His whole entire family had been killed by the Nazis and Germany was not a place he wanted to be. He had a hostile image of the country, after what had happened to his ancestors and the unbearable suffering that the Jewish citizens had to endure during the Holocaust. This story is not only completely understandable, but also common. Today I want to explore how you can visit the past in Berlin, from the dark Nazi period to the suffering that followed long afterwards throughout the Cold War. Seeing traces of the past in Berlin is so important I think, even though most of the information can be quite difficult to process and understand at times. 

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