I know…I am neglecting my blog. You don’t have to tell me (I know I keep saying I will change and get better BUT I think we both know that’s a lie). This post is basically a thank you post because I don’t like writing long things on Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. I mean what’s the point of having a blog if you don’t type your heart out?….Right?
A few days ago I reached 20,000 subscribers on Youtube…I know you are probably thinking “What the hell is wrong with this girl?” “Why is she making such a big deal over 20,000 subscibers”?
I am so proud of my Youtube channel and that is why I constantly have to post about it. My Youtube channel is me in raw form. My youtube channel is so much wrapped into one package, it is a big ole bank of memories. Every video, every comment and every INFO BOX has some fun story behind it. For some people Youtube is just an outlet BUT for me it is so much more, it is my past that I look back at and see how much I have grown ❤
I don’t have any idea about where my Youtube is headed or what I have in store for yall BUT hopefully it’ll be fun and interesting AND hopefully you guys stick around. I would not have been able to make it through my time abroad without Youtube and the people behind the screen asking me to push through 😀 So thank you to everyone that is here and welcome to the new folks! I really love yall and am soooooo forever grateful!
Happy Monday everyone! How are y’all on this wonderful day? I hope you are doing ok, I know Monday’s are no fun BUT we can try to change that? hopefully? Maybe? Mike and I decided to make a little Ausflug last weekend. The trip basically was us riding around in the car to different places in the south of Munich.
The sun was shining in one direction and the clouds were grey in the other directions. Days like this make me sleepy and cuddly. Not only did we have an awesome day together, we decided to take some cute photos (well Mike took photos of me because I suck at taking photos). I am seriously one of those people that will stop on the side of the road to take a picture with a cow or a flower.
If you are in Munich and you are able to move around (Car, Bike or anything that allows you to move freely) I recommend going towards Wolfratshausen ❤ It’s so beautiful and the photos ops in this area are amazing!
Hey Ya’ll! Ok so most of yall know me from Youtube and have some sort of weird obsession…maybe I should call it passion…Like myself with Germany. I have soaked up the culture (a mixture of German and Bavarian ;)) like a sponge and try my best to be as Germanized as possible.
One of the easiest ways to understand a culture and adapt the quickest is to learn the language! I know, it’s a lot harder than I make it seem BUT that is the reason for this post. I have teamed up with a wonderful app (because I love educational apps that help spread language knowledge) called Flash Academy, you can CLICK HERE to have a go at it.
I personally find Flash Academy to be user friendly and engaging. I am one of those people that can not sit in a class listening to the same lecture for an hour (or as the German language courses like to do, 2.5+ hours). I get bored, I get distracted and everything is so monotone. That is why I personally like this app. It’s constantly changing.
If you would like to watch my video about the app you can CLICK HERE.
Basically this app is trying to help you graduate on to the next level of language “mastery” (these are my own words such a wonderful “describer”). There are puzzles, games, exercises…All which cater to learning German and making it fun 😀 I would recommend getting an app 100% (I said this on Youtube over a year ago) and I feel that after searching through and through, Flash Academy is taking learning German to a whole other level!! ❤
I wish yall a wonderful happy Saturday and be safe!!
Ok, so I have neglected my blog. I know, I am horrible. I have been extremely busy…You try having 2 jobs and working an average 40-50 hours a week and run a Youtube channel and blog (If you do this…Bless you). I am so happy to finally squeeze back into my dirndl. I took a hibernation phase which also meant gaining SO MUCH WEIGHT AND HAVING TO go 2 sizes up in my dirndl BUT I enjoyed all the chocolate :p
“About uh week ago..or 2” My favorite Dirndl brand EVER Trachtenwahnsinn LINK HERE had a fashion show in Aloft Munich for their new collection. Basically bringing in the new season for Munich means Dirndl fashion shows everywhere (just kidding). 😀 I was there to add my dimples to the mix and let me tell you guys I fell in love all over again with these bad boys. These dirndls are seriously HAYLEY, they scream my name from the top of the rooftops all through Munich all the while throwing glitter and flowers at pedestrians (am I weird?).
I would just like to say that I am having so much fun in Munich and it’s living up to be everything I ever wanted ❤ Also if you want to see me being stupid on TV…. CLICK HERE
Hopefully I can add more to this story of mine..This relationship I have with Trachtenwahnsinn is so geil :p I also plan on making some videos about this so we shall see!!!
Being sick and stuck in bed the past week has given me a lot of time to think of things to say/do when I am feeling better BUT UNTIL THAT DAY COMES I WILL MAKE A BLOG POST. I made a wonderful video lightly skimming the surface about being a “Woman of Color” here in Germany. I get asked often what it is like here in regards to racism and in general just being brown.
As always I am here to speak (well type) about what my experiences have been and what my opinion on the matter is. If you are looking for a hate filled post you might as well go to another blog or something BECAUSE IT AIN’T HAPPENING HURRR.
I know that a lot of people still think of Germany as this racist nation full of Hitler loving blonde hair blue eyed soldiers BUT sorry to break it to you THAT’S NOT TRUE. Germany is one of the most diverse countries in the world (personal opinion). Germany is surrounded/bordered by so many different countries that it is inevitable that it would be a melting pot PLUS they have Berlin…Which is basically Multi-Culti capital.
I do understand there is tension due to the whole “refugee crisis”(ughhh) as some like to say, which leads me to point 1…. The “racism” that I see in Germany has nothing to do with African Americans but with Middle Eastern & African folks. I feel like Turkish, Syrian, Nigerian etc. etc. people get the sh*t end of the stick here in Germany. I am not saying they are treated horribly but I do see and hear people say things that sound a little “iffy” or I have to ask myself “Is that really necessary to say or do to/about these people?”
In regards to being identified here, I have never once had to list my “race” … SKIN COLOR….as an identifier. I mean I got in a lot of trouble for not deciding between the two religions they offered BUT I am still here and standing. I have not had to list my race for getting an ID card or for voting or for ANYTHING. In the US I had to list my race on college applications, test, voters registration application or drivers license.
I get a few stares, I get a few “woher kommst du?” and I get a few people that think my hair is a sponge BUT that’s not too harmful and I feel like I can educate people when they seem to be a little perplexed. As most people know I have an obsession with Germany. I really love it here and I feel that Germany and the people here are not able to love their country or their culture. Germany is a bustling land of culture and history, which has come so far from it’s past and I believe the best way to get over this “racist/nazi” Germany mindset is to just MOVE ON PEOPLE. Seriously, we do not have to forget but we can very easily scoot scoot into the future.
Good evening friends and random people that read my blog for no apparent reason….Yeah you know I am talking about you 😉 Today’s wonderful post is going to be (if you did not read the title…I pity you) about The Linderhof Castle. I can not really say that much about it because A) I wasn’t really paying attention to the lady on tour B) It was too cold and C) a lot of things were closed due to the sh*t weather or renovation/reconstruction stuff.
The castle itself is “small” compared to the other castles here in Bavaria…. I am on a mission to see as many as possible….I might be lying to ya’ll but FORREAL I AM TRYING. It’s a good hour away from Munich itself and I would recommend going in summer but it’s still beautiful in winter. There are restrooms and there is a restaurant that looked…. “inviting”. Castles make for great day trips here in southern Germany….SOOOO If you’re looking for an ausflug away from the hustle and bustle of Munich with great scenery, this place is worth the trip ❤
Actually no, I did not personally shave my head BUT my head is shaved….Parts of it. I know I know, I am too cool for school now (ha ha -_-). There is actually reasoning behind WHY I did this. I know people say “Hayley, you’re not cool…STOP TRYING”. Let me start off by saying I KNOW, this was the only way to get rid of my little wanderer. Some of yall may not know (if you watch my Youtube videos religiously you would know) BUT I burnt my hair on a candle years ago and the hairs never grew back afterwards! There was one little spot that would never grow back and would always stick up NO MATTER WHAT.
I decided to take matters into my own hands…. shaving my hair off seemed like the best solution…DUH I mean seems very logical. Here are some SEXY SELFIES (Just kidding, I am so not sexy). I mean when I do my hair and makeup, it looks really bad ass so I am very satisfied ❤ 😉
Paris trip number 2. As most of yall know I spent a little time in France for the Holidays. I really did not think 4 months ago that I would end up in France for the New Year but life is always a little funny in that regard.
Anywho I ate too much, saw a lot of sites, walked a lot of kilometers, said Mon Cheri too many times to count and fell in love with such a beautiful city. If you have never ever been to Paris or even France for that matter…YOU SHOULD. It’s edgy, it’s sexy, it’s old, its modern. It’s just a big ole contradiction….There is so much to be found in Paris and you will never get bored.
This past Saturday I was riding all around a winter wonderland. I really love Munich, Bayern, Bavaria…ETC ETC. It is seriously one of the most majestic and beautiful places this world has to offer. I am not too happy with the lack of snow BUT hopefully that will come some time very soon! Aside from being in the car going 100+ on the country back roads, I was able to see such beautiful scenery! From Kochlsee to Tegernsee to Wallgau to Jachenau.
I plan to have a video uploaded sometime next year about riding/driving in Germany..We shall see how that goes! I hope yall have a wonderful weekend and Happy Early 4th Advent!
It is December…The time has been flying by so fast and I still have yet to get my life together. I am currently sitting at my desk eating chocolate and praying that the chocolate is magical and does not make me fat -_- A girl can dream right?
Coming from Florida I never really had the “White Christmas” experience. I saw snow when I was 16 and I was not that amused. I am used to being at the beach on the 26th of December drinking a Pina Colada (no joke, it’s like a tradition..I’m an alcoholic..UGH MOTHER DONT JUDGE ME). None the less moving to Germany has taught me a lot of things and has opened my eyes to so many culture shocks BUT one of the most major culture shocks I have experienced are the Christmas/Festive/Holiday/Winter times.
Ok you’re probably thinking “Hayley Christmas is Christmas”..YEAH I USED TO THINK THIS AS WELL BUT I WAS WRONG.. WE ARE WRONG TOGETHER. WE ARE ALLLL SIMPLY WRONG.
This post will not go into the details about Christmas/Winter it will just skim the surface and I hope that is enough for yall. I will post a video this a week before Christmas (the 16th-18th ish because Christmas is on the 25th for us crazy Americans) and you can watch it to see some more points/hear what I have to say about Christmas. I will be listing 5 points and save the rest for the video! Enjoy ❤
Christmas is celebrated on the 24th in Germany and the 25th in The United States
The Germans (some) have a “preliminary”(the easiest word I could use) Christmas that is on the 6th of December and children receive presents.
Germany has crazy Christmas Markets (seriously you can not compare it to anything in the United States). In The USA we have a bunch of parades and they usually bring about a feeling of Christmas.
Trees in America are ridiculous (we have candy canes, lights, popcorn Cindy Crawford Home decor..hehe). German trees seem to be more traditional.
The German Santa Claus system can be very confusing if you are not informed about it beforehand. Different regions use different names for the same person. In the USA we use Santa for EVERYTHING.
Don’t be surprised if you are in Munich that you hear Christkindl and if you are up north you hear weihnachtsmann….It’s typical
The final point which is my favorite is that in The USA we have eggnog and in Germany there is GLÜHWEIN which is basically THE BEST DRINK EVER… Mulled wine…Sweet, warm and makes you want to sit on the couch cuddling your dog or cat or hamster…Whichever you prefer.
If you are moving to Germany or just visiting, enjoy as much and as many Christmas markets as you can and take 1,000,000 photos! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and many many kisses.