As usual, it’s hard to believe the summer is over… You won’t hear me complaining, though, I know a good thing when I see one. Eight weeks off every year is a pretty sweet deal, that’s for sure. Even though it went by at lightening speed, we had a great summer (as we always do!).
Our first two weeks in Munich were fabulous. It’s hard to believe we’ve been away from the city for three years already. It felt like we were living there only yesterday as soon as we stepped out of the airport. So many things have changed, but thankfully, most of our old favorite spots are still just the same:
We had some spectacular schnitzel at Steinheil:
Enjoyed the lovely, long summer twilight in the city’s many parks:
Got to see the highly protected, secret, back courtyard of the Augustiner Keller on Landsbergerstr:
And, of course spend tons of quality time with our fabulous friends we miss so much:
Sabine and Neil (check out the guy in full Bayern wear in the seat behind us – just a regular Saturday in Munich).
Martine and Chris (who flew down from London to see us!)
Mithra and Frank (our steadfast lunching companions)
Martin and Trish
Once we got back to the States, we spent two weeks relaxing with my family in Connecticut:
Spent a few good days at the pool:
Reconnected with one side of my family that I haven’t seen for 15 years (a post is soon to come on that story):
Enjoyed some fantastic meals, and just enjoyed being home.
For the last part of our vacation, we headed out west to Eugene, Oregon for two weeks, where we spent some quality time with Alex’s family and got to:
Experience the Oregon Country Fair:
Go whitewater rafting on the MacKenzie River:
Taste some delicious Oregon wine at the Kings Estate Winery outside Eugene:
Enjoy the stunning Oregon coast:
And hang out with our old friends, Annaliese and Jeremy, that now live in Portland:
Aside from some airline related travel snags (Hello, domestic travel in the US sucks big time!) It was a pretty sweet trip, I must say. Even so, it feels great to be back home in Bangkok – especially being able to hop in a taxi from the airport and find ourselves home, downtown, in under 40 minutes!
So, now that we live downtown, and we’re going to be here for more than a month (which was about the amount of time we had in our new place before we left for the summer holidays), what should we do that’s off the usual tourist/expat path?