New Years Eve 2015

Big day!!  Up at dawn for Disneyland with the fam, then ringing in the new year at Greg’s!

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Is this really LA…?

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Eguisheim & Schwarzwald

Leaving Switzerland for a late afternoon at the Christmas market in France…

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Love the countryside here…

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(I also love construction!)

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Did they intentionally paint their houses in ROYGBV order?!

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In Eguisheim!

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After saying goodbye to Chris and Jacqueline, driving back into Germany…
(from the blackness of France, according to our GPS)

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Found a really cute brewery-guesthouse in the Black Forest!

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Brauerei Rogg’s winter brew…
(served with cinnamon on top!)

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Also their blue flaming rum shot… :P

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And bright pink floral suite.  :)

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Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone, from Switzerland!

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Making huevos rancheros… a Christmas morning “tradition” with the Roedel family!

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Lazing around… (also a tradition…)

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Our awesome tree!

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Gifts like these make me feel like a kid again.  :)

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Henning with his more adult “tour of Belgium” gift…  :)

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Henning eating a hen!

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Exploring Munich

Day 1 wandering and observations…

Happened upon Asamkirche (Asam Church)

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…some unique imagery for a church…

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…more wandering…

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…more construction!…

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Marienplatz…

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…Asians and their devices…

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Viktuals Market…

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Christmas Market finally open (Marienplatz)…

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…architectural synthesis…

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…the Hofbräuhaus….

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…more wandering!…

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For Erik…

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Pagan Holiday Dinner

I’m thankful for – Day #11 – Henning’s family

Henning’s Aunt Nancy invited us to celebrate Christmas with them and some family friends in the neighborhood with a Nordic-themed holiday dinner.  It was a lot of fun, and always great to see the Redwood City contingent of his fam.

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Holiday Decorations

I’m thankful for – Day #9 – The Holidays

Two great things about the holiday season—celebrating with friends and family (!!), and days off (so excited)!!!

Here are our “simple & sweet” holiday decorations for Apartment 703 this year…  our lamppost tree… and our updated seasons wreath in the hall.
Perhaps next year will be more elaborate.  :)

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MacArthur Park

I’m thankful for – Day #7 – Henning’s coworkers

We went to dinner with Henning’s advisor Mike, his PI David, David’s family, and some of their lab mates.  I think it’s great that David extends his time to the share with the lab outside of work.  I know that Henning’s PhD experience  wouldn’t be the same if he weren’t working with this group!

PS This building was designed by Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed female architect!

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SF & Zoo!–Part 1

What a cool day!
Henning had a surprise in store for me… a trip to the zoo!
And with our awesome neighbors!  :)

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Monarch!

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Bald eagle!

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Bald eagle wingspan!

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Polar bear sleeps like Penny!

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Peacocks!

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Little Puffer steam train & Christmas tunnel!

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Capybara!!

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Marching anteater!!

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Tiger rawr!

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Lion!!

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Flamingos!

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Koala!

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Fishing cat!

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Mandrill!

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More photos tomorrow…!

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Back to Basel

Back to the German-speaking world
(…and not understanding what’s going on around me…)

At least Santa is pretty universal!

Hen, Christiane and I took an afternoon walk to the St. Chrischona TV tower
on the eastern side of Basel (German border).

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While the tower itself is not exactly aesthetic,
the walk down had some nice views.

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En Route to Italy

First things first… this is for Hannah!
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Anyway, the group decided to spend the Christmas weekend in the Alps. 
So we are en route to Varzo, Italy.  It’s about 5 hours by car, weaving our way through the mountains and just across the border.  The snow up here makes everything so beautiful.  It’s pretty surreal.

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Reindeer Play

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Went shopping for a blanket and board game this afternoon with Yumi and Michelle, and we came home instead with some wine, cheese and 9 reindeer hats!  Above is the product of a few extra minutes of converting 8 Rudolph’s to “Other Reindeer.”  Gotta love at-home arts-and-crafts time with the gals.  Yes… we’re 24!  Tomorrow night we’ll get the gang together and I’ll hopefully have a post displaying our collective Halloween (AND Christmas…hey!) spirit.  : )

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