Sunday, March 30, 2014

#30 Days of Lists: 30

This is the last list for this round of #30 Days of Lists. I am super bummed that it has come to an end, especially since I have no idea what the theme of next month will be for me. I had decided after uring Currently all of February and #30 Days of Lists in March, that I was going to try to do a theme each month if possible. No idea what I will be doing for April. At least I still have another day to come up with something!

♦ Rosa Parks
♦ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
♦ Marilyn Monroe
♦ Winston Churchill
♦ Helen Keller
♦ Anne Frank
♦ Leonardo Di Vinci
♦ Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, March 29, 2014

#30 Days of Lists: 29

Spent today in Rammstein with some friends. Checked out the "mall" there that everyone talks about! Can't believe tomorrow is the last list. :(

I don't have any here in Germany yet, so I will use local businesses back home or in NC.
Some of these are actual Big Name stores

* Walmart (I miss the crap outta that place now that I can't access it)
* A.C. Moore
* Michaels
* Joanne
* Target
* Hot Topic
* Spencers
 *Clothes Line Too (FL)
Never really visited Mom and Pop shops at Bragg because there weren't that many. The only one I can remember from near my parents house was a cool little Consignment store where we bought all my dresses in high school.

Friday, March 28, 2014

#30 Days of Lists: 28

Happy Friday peeps! I hope this finds you all well. I am so glad that it is Friday because it has been a kind of long week. Not to mention I am excited to take a trip to Rammstein with some coworkers for the heck of it and to visit their mall.

I can't believe this month and this set of lists is almost over. It kinda blows my mind and makes me a little sad. I just can't believe that I will have made it threw every list (written some early) and will have at least shared all the lists here on the blog! I can't wait until my stuff gets here so I can make a proper book of some type or put them in my PL album.

♥ I am happy
♥ I spend time with Zeke
♥ With friends and Family
♥ My stomach acid is under control
♥ I'm on an adventure
♥ Crafting
♥ Being lazy and watching TV

When do you feel your best?
Make sure you keep an eye out for my new travel series!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Traveling Europe: Nürnburg

Hello all and happy Thursday to each and everyone one of you. I'm rather proud of myself because today I finished my homework for my two new classes, posted today's list for #30 Days of Lists, and even managed to upload the pictures from today's trip much quicker then I thought I would. I figured that I could work on the first part of a new series, Traveling Europe.

Today I got to travel to a city in the Bavarian region of Germany known as Nürnburg (sometimes called Nuremburg in English). Nürnburg is the second largest city in Bavaria. According to a book I picked up at my PX called Germany by Rock Steves, it is known for its "glorious medieval architecture, important Germanic history museum, haunting Nazi past, famous Christmas Market (the biggest Christmas market in Germany), and its little bratwurst." This city was a Roman city until the Nazi's took over during the war.

I can't wait to go back there with no agenda and actually enjoy everything. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy today, quite a lot, but we didn't get to see everything because we had a schedule to keep. Today I just wanna show you some of the pictures I took and give you a little background info on some things. All the pictures can be found on my photography FB page J.L. McClure Photography. The more I visit, the more information I will try to share!

This is the outside of the St. Klarakirche (St. Clare's Church). I can't find when the church was originally built, but according to the Tourismus Nürnburg website, the church was partially destroyed on May 16, 1945 in a bombing attack. They reconstructed it from 1948-1953 and rebuilt it in 2007. The outside still has the same architectural style from when it originally was built, but the inside is completely modern. It threw us all off a little bit when we went inside.

the inside of St. Klarakirche

We went to one other church while we were there and this one was simply AMAZING!!! This one is called St. Lorenzkirche (St. Lawrence's Church). It was built in the 1200's and it just blew my mind. It was originally a Catholic church but now serves as a Protestant church.

 I love all the high vaulted ceilings and just all around beautiful architecture. I'm sure I could do a whole post on this church alone!

This is where we had lunch at. Its a nice little German restaurant that served some great food. Most everyone got the bratwurst while I was the odd ball that had chicken breast and spiced noodles. Decent prices and it was a nice clean facility. We got a table in the back together, and although we all need to get used to sitting so close and not having as much room, it was a great lunch. The teacher taught us a little about Bavarian etiquette while eating and the differences between Bavaria and America when it comes to some things.

The last major place we visited before leaving was the Imperial Castle which is known as Kaiserburg. This castle was used in the Middle Ages by Holy Roman Emperors while they were in town. The whole thing has a total of around 45 buildings all together. There is a Hostel located on the grounds, which was a nice little place. Very clean and modern, surprised some of the people I was with. We walked up a kind of steep hill and got to look out over the city skyline.

This was the Hostel on the castle grounds
One of the buildings on the grounds.

A side view of the skyline

One of the skyline shots I got

Like I said, I can't wait to visit Nürnburg again! There is a Nazi Rally Ground that I would LOVE to be able to visit as well as see more of the German history and how the Nazi's effected this particular town. I can't wait to see the Christmas Market which is like the biggest in Germany or something and basically that is a big deal! I just want a little more time to explore the town when I am not on a schedule.

Please give me feedback on how you liked/disliked the first segment of Travel Europe. I was trying not to overload you guys with pictures from the trip because there were 145 on my camera,  not counting the ones that were taken on my phone which I haven't gotten too yet. Let me know if there is other stuff you'd like to see in a segment like this that I can keep in mind for next time.

#30 Days of Lists: 27

Today was the last real day of in-processing and I thought it was freakin fantastic! We took a trip to a city called Nurenburg and spent most of the day there. I took a butt load of pictures that I can't wait to share, but I need to do my homework first. I started another two college classes today. Wish me luck!
Tomorrow I will put together the pictures from today and it will be the first part of my new Traveling series!

Sadly I really don't have guests, especially not since I moved to Germany. When I was in the States, it depended on if I was at my parents house or not.
* Aunt Char's Shrimp Dish (Affectionately called Heart Attack in a Pan!)
* Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice
*Cajun Chicken Pasta

*Olive Garden
* Moe's Southwestern Grill
* Beer and Salsa
* Mi Casitas
* O'Keefes
* The Palm Pavillion

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#30 Days of Lists: 26

Today is the first day of "Host Nation Orientation" or "Cultural College" and it was absolutely fantastic! The lady took a little getting used to, but over all I loved the class. She taught some history of my area and Germany in general, some language, about the food. Told us about traveling in Europe, clubs, the festivals, beer, and fun stuff like that. The first thing I did when I went home was tell Zeke all about it!

* International Snail Mail Day (Saw someone who shared this and thought it would be PERFECT)
* Spend A Day Reading
* Craft Appreciation Day
* Celebrate Family Day
* Best Friend Appreciation Day
Photography Appreciation Day

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#30 Days of Lists: 25

Guten Tag! (German for Good day). This is the second day of in-processing this week and it was definitely kind of boring. -.-' Just a lot of people telling us about what their function here on post was and random stuff like that. I can't wait for Cultural College to start tomorrow, that will be the fun part.

"Going Under" Evanescence
"Bring Me to Life" Evanescence
"I'm Yours" The Script
"My Town" Montgomery Gentry
"House That Built Me" Miranda Lambert
"God Gave Me You" Blake Shelton
"Raise Your Glass" Pink
"Shameless" Garth Brooks
"Mine Would Be You" Blake Shelton
"Dirt Road Anthem" Brantley Gilbert & Colt Ford
"Glass" Thompson Square
"Compass" Lady A
"If I Didn't Have You" Thompson Square

Honestly, I could keep going. Haha. I love Country music and some rock and roll. Just be glad I didn't start in with some Disney Songs. Haha.