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Bay Area Summer Activities 2017
We’ve been living in the Bay Area for the last nine years and it’s only our second summer in which we are not going home to Germany. That’s why I made lots of plans what to do and already posted the list about 55 summer activities. Most of these things you can do at home, but I also wanted to gather lots of new places we can explore. That’s why I started a list for the best possible Bay Area summer and I asked some friends to share their ideas, too.
The following list doesn’t cover all of the Bay Area. Most of the listed activities are in and around the South Bay and in San Francisco. Therefore this list is supposed to grow and I would love your feedback in the comment section. I’m sure you know lots of other cool things to do around here and I would love to add your tipps to this list.
Take a tour.
- Painted Ladies Tour Company: Ride through the city in style and see all the best places in a cool VW van.
- Take a food tour in San Francisco: Either more authentic with Sidewalk Food Tours or a bit fancier with Avital.
- Take the free Jelly Belly Bean Factory Tour.
- Check out the Winchester Mystery House, a San Jose classic. After nine years we still haven’t been there and I think it’s about time.
Friday Link Love #3
Articles & Blogs
A German article about your intuition: Intuition: So vertraust du deiner inneren Vorahnung
And OMG, that was weird: I clicked on the blog that I wanted to share with you, read a couple new posts and copied the URL. Then I returned to this window and wrote this without thinking about it:
Einer meiner treuesten Bloggerfreunde ist Pit aus Krefeld, der nun in Texas lebt und hier viele schöne Bilder aus seinem Leben und von seinen Reisen teilt. Schaut mal vorbei!
Which means: One of my most loyal blogger friends is Pit from Krefeld, Germany. He lives in Texas and shares lots of wonderful photographs of his life and travel adventure on his “Bilderbuch”. Check it out!
And yesterday, another, similarly funny thing happened to me. While waiting for my girls to finish their swim practice, I was translating stuff and while I was doing that, I was thinking the German article die but simultaneously typed the. It felt super strange! Seems like I finally have become a bilingual middle-aged woman, lol! Continue reading
Friday Link Love #2
This is my second weekly roundup and I loved collecting all the content for it. While I was having this post in mind all week, I probably even read more attentively. And I clipped like a maniac. Do you know what clipping is?
Websites & Apps
Well, I’ve started using Evernote in May and it is fabulous! You can clip anything on the web that you like or that you don’t have time to read right away, but might want to read later. I started drafting my posts on Evernote and since I also installed the Evernote app, I can type any idea that comes to my mind in my phone and later have access to my notes on the computer. It is also fantastic for list making 🙂
Painted Squares – an easy way to light up any room
I’m planning to share more DIY posts on this blog, because I love making stuff. I don’t always have the time, but now my kids are in sleep away camp, so I finally have some more time to be creative.
I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. Funnily, it was a picture of a bedroom from a German furniture company. I couldn’t find it on the Hülsta website anymore though.
Sleep away camp drop-off
Yesterday was a big day for us, but it was not Father’s Day. We actually celebrated the special Daddy day on Saturday, because yesterday was camp drop-off day for us! Both our girls went to a sleep away camp. Each one to a different camp. My younger one went to a camp in the mountains and the older one to a surfing camp.
The anticipation was huge and super exciting and even the packing and pre-camp shopping went really well. Last Tuesday we did a trip to Costco, Target and Sports Basement and were done. I even name-tagged almost all clothing of my lil’ girl, but didn’t bother for my teenager, since the surf camp only has about 20 participants while the Mountain Camp has about 200-250 kids each week. Both girls used the packing list provided by the Mountain Camp and it was really helpful.
What is Friday Link Love?
I saw the post format Friday Link Love on several other blogs and now I’d like to give it a try today.
Friday Link Love is a list of things, events, podcasts, articles etc. that I ❤️during last week and like to share with you, my dear readers. And it would be fantastic, if you’d leave one or two of your favorite links in the comment section.
This is my Friday Link Love #1
Summer activities: 55 fun things to do
On Wednesday my parents left and after three wonderful weeks we had to say goodbye. As you may have read in my post Best of May, we had a relaxed, harmonious time and my husband and I got to sneak away from our routine for a few days. It was a lovely time and I’m so glad they came out.
Saying goodbye is always hard
If you’re an expat or immigrant living away from your home country, you know what I’m talking about. It was probably about the 16th or 17th time I had to say goodbye to my parents within the last nine years. Saying goodbye is tough. It keeps being heartbreaking because you know that you won’t see each other for a long time. You are aware that you will only be able to have a few, irregular FaceTime or phone conversations. Finally you realize once more that you will miss some special moments of each other’s life. That is what living abroad involves. You might be leading a happy, fulfilled life in a wonderful place, but you just don’t get to experience all the small or big events in your family’s life like a birthday, the first day of school, a wedding, sports events, a Sunday morning brunch etc. Maybe you manage to be there for some of them, but it is just not the same like being there all the time. Continue reading
I had so many wonderful moments last month.
Here are my May favorites:
One of my first May favorites was the participation in Anna Häusler’s Instagram challenge #meetthebloggerde. I had to post a picture daily for two weeks with different topics like: Who am I? Why do you blog? My biggest dreams. 3 fun facts and so on. It was fun to find new bloggers in Germany and to connect with people during this challenge. Check out my Instagram feed on the bottom of this page to find out more about it.