December 9, 2011

Alyx from Every day is a new adventure is in the HOUSE!


Hello Everyone! Yesterday I posted about my latest and pretty cool giveaway (Bed Bath and Beyond anyone?). Go here and enter! You don’t want to miss this one!

Today I have a very special guest: Alyx from Every day is a New Adventure. She makes me laugh, she keeps me smiling. I feel so blessed I met her and can’t wait to meet her in person. We hope to go to Prague together someday! Go see her. She is simply WONDERFUL!

Take it away Alyx


Guten Tag! Ich heiße Alyx... oh, wait. Wrong language. The name is Alyx, and I have my own little bloggy-blog over here where you can visit if you so desire. You can read all about my life as a Fremdsprachenassistentin (wow... try saying that 10 times fast. No, really - I double dog dare you) in the wonderful land of the Lederhosen. For now, though, I'm so excited that Vivian asked me to do a guest post today! She is awesome, and so is her blog. I just love it!

I've thought about this post a lot over the past couple of weeks. I thought about doing something crafty, but I'm totally not creative. I thought about giving you an awesome recipe, but didn't feel like baking or cooking. I thought about doing a music video, but... actually that's a lie. I definitely did not think about that. I also thought about writing a 10 page paper on the life span of the African Elephant (a subject which I know nothing about), but decided that no one would stick it out to the end.
After ripping up the idea list into a million little pieces and throwing it out the window of a moving car deciding that none of these ideas were good, I decided to tell you about (drum roll please) Germany.
What do you think of when you hear the word Germany? A bunch of drunk men playing Beethoven on the accordion while wearing Lederhosen and eating Sauerkraut and Bratwurst (because we all know how skilled the Germans are at multi-tasking)? BEEP. Sorry, you're wrong (unless, of course, you visit Bavaria, because they are kind of silly out there).
Let me give you a little bit of background on my experience with this wonderful country:
- I lived here for 3 years as a small child. My dad was in the USAF, and we were stationed near Cologne in a small town called Nörvenich.
- I came back to Germany for 10 days with my German class when I was 17 years old. This time we toured the country.
- I came back again to live here for 3 months as an intern at a small German company in Offenbach am Main (the equivalent of the Bronx) called JuicyWalls (I did PR work).
- I am back now as a Fulbright ETA working at Gymnasium Nidda. Haven't heard of Nidda? Join the club. 
So. You Wanna Know the Truth About the Germans and Germany (as perceived by an American)?
- Germany is beautiful. The architecture is amazing, the grass is always green, and there's no pollution (even in big cities).
- If you live in a small town, you need a car. Yeah, I missed that memo. I'm what we like to call a moocher. I have to mooch rides.
- Germans love to tell you your opinion. No, that's not a typo. They like to tell you what you [should] think or do. Many a time have I been scolded in the street by an old German lady.
- Germans are nice people. Even though the language sounds evil and they're always the bad guys in movies, they're actually really kind and generous. They just sound like they're being mean all the time.
- Germans do like Sauerkraut, Bratwurst, and beer. That is not, however, all their diet consists of. They also have chocolate. Ha. Seriously, though. The food here is amazing.
- Everything here is fun-sized, right down to the showers and beds. Don't believe me? This is our kitchen. That thing in the bottom left is our fridge, then our washing machine, some cupboards, dishwasher, and oven.
I could probably go on for days, but I'll leave it at that for now. Hopefully you made it this far! Come by my blog sometime and say hello! I promise my posts don't always take 525,600 minutes to read. If you think Germany sounds like fun, you should do what we did  - sell your cars, pack your life into 4 suitcases, and move halfway around the world you're right. It's a blast. I must warn you, though... They don't do peanut butter.
Thank you so much Alyx! Hope you all enjoyed her. And have a great weekend!


  1. Germany is amazing!!! I've gotten to travel around quite a bit and Germany (including Bavaria) has been my favorite! They may not do peanut butter but the apple wine makes up for it for me!!

  2. No peanut butter?!? I'm out.

    Just kidding. I'd love to visit Germany some day! I love your post, Alyx! So fun to get to see another country through a non-native's eyes!

  3. I love reading these guest post Vivian! This one was great Alyx!
    ♥ Kyna

  4. I would love to visit Germany! I had a friend from there who would always tell me how beautiful it was. And I also think the architecture is so beautiful.

    Your kitchen is so interesting. I would have to get used to that!