Lately, and a river stroll....


The air is starting to change, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to fall. It seems vaguely familiar. Almost a little nostalgic feeling. And it's because it was this time a year ago when I finally got my visa and moved to England! The air feels the exact same. But enough about a year ago....I will surely be writing a sappy post on our year in England soon enough! Let's get to what's been happening in Gunterland.

-We are getting teased with rumours of our next place we will be moving to. I am hoping to stay abroad and the talk sounds promising but I have learned my lesson to 'believe it when you see it'. Just like last year, it was almost as though we couldn't even say for sure we were moving until movers had been ordered to pack our things. Frustration and excitement all at once!

-I will be attending the #LDNBloggers tea on Sunday and I am super excited to be finally meeting bloggers that I adore and catching up with some that I met at the last tea! What better way to celebrate a year in England with a champagne tea!

-I absolutely cannot wait for the leaves to start changing. Last year we were in the midst of the 'moving and the house finding and the moving animals overseas' bit. So this year I cannot wait to enjoy the colors and stroll around snapping pictures!


-I finished my 90 Day Fitness Challenge! Yay! It was a must needed reset to my health and I am happy I'm back on track!

-I made the most amazing dinner last night....Spicy Thai Peanut Zoodles! Have you heard of zoodles? They are noodles made from zucchini (courgettes). Needless to say, I am obsessed with zoodles. I will share recipes soon!!

-I am frantically planning trips to places on my 'must see' lists. With our time in England fading, I'm panicking! There are just too many places to see. But Van has agreed that whenever we do move back to the States (if we ever do) we will be taking long holidays to Europe! Yay!

-Speaking of travels......where should we go for the Christmas Markets?!? I'm thinking Cologne or maybe Salzburg, or maybe Vienna.....yikes! Help! What are your suggestions???

And now for the promised river stroll......Happy Friday!!


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28 comments

  1. Love the river walk! It's gorgeous!! Where is that? It seemed to me that the true changing of colors in England happens later. I remember it being more like end of Oct, first of Nov. Won't keep me from using pumpkin!! ;)
    I've experienced Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. Dresden, Germany has the oldest market in Germany, Nuremberg is a famous one and very good!!! Vienna has several good Christmas Markets that take place in several squares, the Rathaus and Schonbrunn both have good ones. There are so many throughout the city though!! My favorite are Germany's markets though because they have so many traditional Christmas items that they sell. Look forward to seeing what you choose!

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  2. Vienna is definitely on my bucket list for christmas markets... I hear it's lovely - and there's an episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain goes to Vienna during the holidays - looks lovely.
    I'm used to the dramatic fall of Pennsylvania, so I'm getting pretty impatient with this English weather! Turn colorful, already!

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  3. So many options!! I just don't know which to choose...this will be our last Christmas in England so I want it to be special! I guess I am just going to have to make a decision and be happy with it....I'm sure it will be great wherever we decide!
    The river pics are from Cambridge :)

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  4. oh I am going to look that episode up! I just feel like I'm cheating if I choose Austria over the traditional German ones, but I really want to go to Austria!! Maybe both in one weekend???


    Yeah, the leaves wont change for another couple of weeks...and the grass stays vibrant green all year! At least it did last winter!

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  5. A couple of things—
    #1: Glad I found your blog! I have A LOT of catching up to do!
    #2: We have very similar stories... both moved to England last September from the States and both currently waiting to figure out our next assignment! Cray-cray!


    Where are you in England?

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  6. I know right?! We are in a town called Ely....near Cambridge. It's super cute. I hate the waiting to find out when we are leaving but hoping we get to stay abroad! I just want to stay here in England as long as possible though! I love it!

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  7. For Christmas markets, it depends on your personality. The bigger cities have bigger markets but are also very very crowded. So crowded that you can drink your Gluhwein safely or see any stalls. I adored Rothenburg so so much! This year, I think we are going with friends (the same as last year) to Prague, and the to Cologne with my parents (new city and easy trip). Have you looked at the German Christmas market website? It lists all of them so you might want to think about renting a car and going to a few.

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  8. Word has it that the markets originated in Vienna, so I don't think it's cheating :)

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  9. I bet Prague will be amazing! And yes Rothenburg is on my list too! I think you are right.....we may just have to do a little tour :)

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  10. Oh your pictures are SO lovely! I really do feel like I've been on a river stroll.
    I love zoodles too! I was really sceptical about them, and in general my attitude is 'everything in moderation' and 'life is too short' (which I stand by for cauliflower rice which I just cannot get behind), but zoodles are really delicious! I especially love and highly recommend The Healthy Maven's eggplant 'meat'balls with tomato sauce & zoodles - a favourite around here, even with the meat & carb-loving boyfriend.
    Also, sorry for the novel, but I want to make it to a Christmas market this year too! If only for the Glühwein!

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  11. Ah! Not knowing where I was going to move until short notice would send me into an anxiety overdrive!! Can't wait to hear where you'll be off to next.

    Congrats on your fitness challenge. That's awesome. I just completed a 30 day yoga challenge on Instagram and I loved it. It was super motivating.

    Have a great weekend Jamie.

    V
    Life+1

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  12. Oh man I seriously eat them once a week....definitely a fave around here. Whether it's tomato sauce or asian, you can make any pasta dish with them! Yum!


    So I think I'm leaning towards a 3 parter for Christmas Markets....maybe Dusseldorf, Cologne and Rothenburg? There are just so many pretty places to choose from!

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  13. Oh my goodness....yes, our lives can get stressful sometimes! And we don't have kids but honestly, I think moving pets is more difficult.....so many hoops to jump through! And congrats on your challenge as well!! I need to get back into yoga more! Have a great weekend yourself :)

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  14. Very lovely river stroll :) And happy one year in England! I am one of those date-obsessed nostalgic types so anniversaries are pretty big to me. And the autumn is a great time to remember and feel those feelings from a year ago, and smell the same smells (mmm, smell of crunchy leaves).
    I have to say I've been very intrigued about the whole "zoodle" phenomenon, but don't you have to have one of those fancy contraptions to make the noodles with? I'd love to do it but don't think I can :P

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  15. Visiting from the Daily Diaries link-up. Great photos! and what is this champagne tea you speak of!?

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  16. Thanks! Champagne tea is just one of the most brilliant parts of British culture! It's just regular afternoon tea but it starts of with champs! Stay tuned for pictures....it's fun!

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  17. Salzburg....it looks so dreamy! Ugh, decisions decisions! Ok...I will be sharing the recipe soon and you can totally make with a julienne peeler...so cheap to pick up! I have a multi purpose slicer that I use...no they don't turn out like the pretty spiral pasta but it still works! And it is Dee. Licious!!

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  18. I would be so nervous at not knowing where you're off to next--I'm a big planner, so I'd be this big ball of crazy. :) I'm excited for you no matter where you go! Also, I was looking at your (gorgeous) photos, and I thought, "Hmm, that place looks really familiar." And then it hit me: that punting area was where the one of the kids I went to England with in 2012 (I was there homeschool tutor) decided to throw a massive temper tantrum before we went in to meet with a former chaplain of Magdalene College, and people were staring at me like I was a horrible, horrible person. Oh, memories. :)

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  19. What a beautiful river!! I think Vienna would be a great place to see Christmas Markets, but sadly I'm not speaking from experience. :( You can't really go wrong with any of the places you listed!

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  20. I'm a huge planner too! I've learned not to freak out though after a couple of these last minute moves because everything usually turns out fine! Also, I just make plans for every possible outcome lol!! And I know one day we be settled down and I will miss the excitement of moving every 2 years!

    Oh that memory is hilarious! I can only imagine the looks that you were getting!!

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  21. Vienna looks awesome.....they all look amazing! I think in just going to have to be happy with what ever we choose:)

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  22. Love your blog! I will be rummaging through your travel posts while planning our next adventures! Not knowing where your going next and finding out last minute are two things I can relate to. Hang in there it all work out for the best! :)

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  23. Awesome! Glad you found me :) If you ever have questions about anything...just shoot me at email!!

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  24. I'm intrigued myself haha! If it turns out like we want it to it will be amazing....just don't want to jinx it! We will know more around the end of the year!!

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  25. I love these photos! I'm head over heels for fall and can't wait to see some changes here in Korea! ps I'm jealous of your champagne tea!!!

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