Trier, Germany

Our trip to Trier was one of our first real adventures in “Das Deutschland.” After a few stressful minutes of scouring a map in one of our handy Germany travel guides, we located an interesting looking city within driving distance, Trier. As it turns out, Trier was a very influential city during the era of the Roman Empire. It is the oldest city in Germany and with that, promised a chance to see some of the oldest architecture that this country has to offer. Trier was a mainstay during the Roman Empire, it even served as a residence of Emperor Constantine for a few years. We set out on our drive to Trier along the autobahn through the German country side. The view was second to none, with towering windmills affixed in a background of lush rolling green hills. Driving along the autobahn was generally uneventful, with the exception of a few moments of tempted american road rage. Once we arrived in Trier, it was apparent that we were not the only tourist with the idea to make our way to this historic city. Within a few moments of arriving in Trier, Casey carefully fought her way through the crowd to a Crepe stand, where she quickly communicated in mixture of English/German/French to order up two nutella and banana crepes. After we ate we headed to the Porta Nigra, which is the last standing Roman gate. After a few minutes of trying to capture a decent picture, deterred by the groups of tourists walking in front of my camera, we moved on to the Cathedral in the town center. The Cathedral is the oldest christian church in Germany. This is by far the most impressive building I have ever been in. Not only is it the oldest, but it is by far the most ornate. The shear size of the structure was enough to leave an unprepared tourist (like myself) breathless, not to mention the level of detail in the architecture and fine craftsmanship. To say I was speechless and in awe would be an understatement of mass proportions. I could have walked around the sanctuary for hours, but luckily I had Casey pushing me along. We headed out to the Roman baths and the Archaeological museum. The museum was great (except the fact that it was all in German and the audio tour we rented only explained about 30% of the displays). After a long day or walking around and taking in the sights, we were ready to return to our car and make our way home. In the end, Trier was a very historic city and a great short day trip for us. We look forward to our next adventure, and cannot not wait to share it. –Greg

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Holy Cow, we are moving to….Germany!!!

AHHHHH! After months, and weeks, and more weeks, and more months of waiting, we FINALLY got our orders! We are officially moving to GERMANY!!! Now, let me back up a bit. Over the last 2 months my husband and I have been patiently (sometimes not so patiently) waiting for his much needed orders to come through to find out where we were going to be living the next 2-4 years. Our “options” were to choose between Germany, Hawaii, and South Carolina (seriously, how did we get so lucky???), and we had to put them in preference of our #1,2, and 3 choices. I remember Greg sending me the text while I was at work several weeks ago saying the choices and asking me for my preference. He then added…”hurry up, I have to submit it now. You have about 5 seconds.” My text back went a little like this..”omg what?!? 5 seconds?? ok, I got this. Hawaii, Germany, SC…no….make it South Carolina, Hawaii, Germany (I had a moment of weakness when I realized how “easy” it would be to be close to home rather than overseas), no no no definitely put Germany, South Carolina, Hawaii!”…I hit send and my heart was racing. What have I done?? Don’t get me wrong, I was EXTREMELY excited at the thought of living in Germany or Hawaii, but being in SC would’ve been so nice to be back in our neck of the woods where everything is familiar, and we are close to friends/family etc. Needless to say it was a harder decision then I ever thought it would be. So he submitted our preference, and we waited, and waited, and waited, and waited some more. Weeks went by and I literally thought I was going to go insane (I may have, just a little). But alas, last Friday, I was at work and received the glorious text that we received our orders to Germany! I had a rush of excitement, and a tinge or nervousness as I realized all that would change and what we would need to do to prepare (with not much time to do it in)…but hey, that’s military life for ya. Needless to say, the rest of the day I was in a bit of a fog (sorry to my beloved patients!…everyone made it out okay 😉 ), and we celebrated that night at one of our favorite restaurants and rushed straight over to the nearest bookstore to look at books on traveling Germany and all of Europe for that matter. We are beyond excited, can you tell?!? This is a chance of a lifetime, and I intend to take advantage of every opportunity to travel and experience so many different cultures, food, scenery, etc.  But I must say, I will miss my family and friends…waaaaah!! I love you all! Come visit me please 🙂