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Eating and Drinking Around the World

For those that know me, you know that I LOVE Disney. It really is the most magical place on earth. Last month my husband and I finally had a wedding on our one year anniversary. Since we had already paid for a flight to the states and Orlando is only 6 hours from Charleston, I asked the hubs if we could go to Disney for a few days before flying back. We did three days this time (I usually just take 2) and we went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.

I have Disney trips down to an art. Fast passes, where to go first in the park, which rides will be busiest so you need to go to them first, etc. Epcot, however, I realized I had been doing it all wrong.

For those that haven’t been, in Epcot they have the World Showcase. There are 11 different countries within the showcase and you can walk around eating, drinking, and enjoying the atmosphere of that country.

Anyhoo, I realized I had been going about it all wrong. Stopping somewhere and having a big lunch, then because of it not able to have a drink in every country because I’m so full. Plus, if you eat a big meal in one country, you miss out on all the other delicious food in other countries. But this time I had a plan! Get one drink and one small, quick food item in each country. My husband and I shared food and drinks. I know myself, I couldn’t handle 11 full sized drinks on my own. I wanted to save some dignity and walk myself out of the park because #goals.

I know that there are other lists out there on what to get, but I decided to take it upon myself to create a list and share! Should you take a trip to Epcot sometime, here are the food and drink items I found worth eating and drinking! Enjoy!

*Pro Tip: Share your food and drinks with a friend. This way you won’t get too full or too drunk, and trust me, your wallet will thank you!

What to eat and drink in the World Showcase:

  1. Mexico- Rose margarita and chilaquiles. I found both of these at the little outdoor place right inside Mexico, Jardin de Fiestas. Both were delicious, but I really liked the rose margarita! Strong and a good way to start!FullSizeRender (33)
  2. Norway- Aass beer and Lefse bread. Here you can learn about Norse Gods and visit Ana and Elsa if you don’t mind waiting an hour. The lefse bread was really good! It was thin bread rolled with butter and cinnamon sugar. My husband also took it upon himself to get mead as well. If you have never heard of mead, or haven’t tried it, it’s a honey wine. The mead they had was good and worth the try if you are feeling up for something new!FullSizeRender (32)
  3.  China- Canta Loopy, veggie roll, and curry chicken pocket. In China we ended up trying two foods. We got the veggie rolls at Lotus House, then I went over to Joy of Tea for our drink and found the curry chicken pocket. They looked so good I had to try them, and I don’t regret it! The Canta Loopy is vodka and cantaloupe juice on ice. Just enough sweetness and refreshing out in the sun.FullSizeRender (21)
  4. Germany- Hefeweizen and potato pancakes. Germany is one of my favorite places to go when at the showcase. I miss everything about living there, to include the food! I love the buffet and music at the Biergarten restaurant, but you won’t be able to eat or drink anymore after leaving there. So instead, opted for my favorite beer and the potato pancakes.FullSizeRender (31)
  5. Italy- Bellini and gelato. We didn’t spend too much time here since we live in Italy, but for the purpose of this post we did stop for food and a drink 🙂FullSizeRender (30)
  6. USA- Yuengling and turkey leg or pretzel. We skipped on the food in Liberty Square, but we stopped for the beer!FullSizeRender (36)
  7. Japan- Violet sake and garlic teriyaki udon. The violet sake was delicious! I don’t really like sake, but this beverage was definitely worth getting! It was sake, purple pear and lime juice on ice.FullSizeRender (28)
  8. Morocco- Habibi daiquiri and fried cauliflower. I love going to Morocco, it’s just so pretty! I always recommend getting henna while there as well!FullSizeRender (27)
  9. France- Orange slush and strawberry crepe. The slush is a mix of Grand Marnier, rum, Grey Goose, and orange juice. With it being so hot out, that orange slush was a nice cool down! There is of course champagne that you can get, but we opted for something a little icier. There are also different crepes that you can get, to include sugar and chocolate. If you’re feeling a serious sweet tooth, you can get ice cream added to it.FullSizeRender (26)
  10. UK- Pear cider and pear cider-brined shredded corned beef. These paired well together, since obviously the corned beef was soaked in it. The cider is a nice break from beer and was refreshing.FullSizeRender (24)
  11. Canada– Ottawa Apple and maple popcorn. Ottawa apple had Crown Royal Maple Whiskey, apple infusion, and cranberry juice. Popcorn is really the only option for quick food in Canada. They do have a restaurant you can eat at, but we were only going for the quick food options. However, the popcorn was still good and worth the try! Paired with the Ottawa apple (again it’s nice to try drinks other than beer), it was a good end to the day! You can even take it over to the stage and eat and drink while listening to music. They always have good live music performed on their stage.FullSizeRender (25)

Happy drinking and eating around the world!

If anyone else has done this and tried other drinks or food, I’d love to hear it! Could always use ideas for next time!

S.O.S

I have to be honest, my reasons for starting this blog are selfish.

Yes, I have lived overseas before. Yes, I have traveled plenty. Yes, I have spent as long as a month away from home when traveling. This situation, however, is a first for me.

I grew up in a military family. Both of my parents were officers in the Air Force, my brother is a pilot for the Air Force, and my husband is also Air Force. The military lifestyle is not new to me.

My husband’s next assignment is in Aviano, Italy and we leave in less than a month! It’s getting so close! I’ve been to Italy before and loved it! It’s a beautiful country! The Cinque Terre, Rome, the Tuscan region, Venice (which we only be an hour train ride away from). Aviano will be a first though. I’m excited for a new adventure and a chance to travel again.

As excited as I am for all of the life changes happening, I also have some pretty serious anxiety. Everyone keeps saying how lucky I am or how jealous they are. Yes, this is exciting and I do consider myself lucky to have an experience like this, however, with this comes the loss of other things.

I am not military myself. I am…..was…. a second grade teacher, but had to quit, obviously. Of course this was a sacrifice I was willing to make. I love my husband and I understand with things like this, his career will come first. Buuut, quitting my job with nothing else lined up at the moment is scary! Am I the only one who thinks that? Yes, yes, I have my husband to support me in the mean time, but it’s a little terrifying to not be self sufficient anymore. My job was a big part of my life and having to start over in a job or career creates a lot of anxiety.

This will also be the first time that I will be far away from my family. My brother and sister-in-law live in Charleston, my mom lives here too. I will be a first time aunt in October, which I am so overjoyed about!  Here comes more anxiety though! I will fly home in time to welcome her into the world, but then I will have to leave again. I hate the idea of missing so much of her first little bit of life. It’s also hard to make peace with the fact that I won’t be able to see my family as often as I do now. In 27 years, I’ve never gone more than a month without seeing them.

There’s the anxiety of making sure that my fur baby makes it to Italy safely. There’s the anxiety of being alone for a lot of the time we are there. There’s the anxiety of what I will do for a job. There’s the anxiety that our furniture won’t arrive for two months and we will be living in an empty house.

There’s. Anxiety.

So, I started a blog. See? Selfish. I felt this was a way to share those anxieties. To help get them out and to hopefully find other people who are in, or have already, experienced similar anxiety. It’s always nice to know you aren’t alone in your mental breakdowns and to learn how others got through it. If nothing else, maybe someone will find my sharings helpful, or hey! Maybe just find it interesting and enjoy reading it!

And if there is anyone else out there going through something similar, or having a mildly controlled panic attack, know you aren’t alone. In Charleston, SC, there is a woman sitting at her computer, in her room, typing her blog, quietly having a minor breakdown herself. 😉

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What exactly is “fernweh?”

As you read the title of my blog page, you’re probably wondering, “What exactly is “fernweh?” It’s a word to describe a feeling. It’s one of my favorite words. A word that a lot of you may be able to relate to.

This word is a German word, where the ‘w’ is pronounced as a ‘v.’ I love it because I come from a German background, both my Oma and Opa were born and raised in Germany, and I was lucky enough to have lived there for 5 amazing years. The German runs deep in this one. But this word, I think, is the most beautiful. With the most beautiful translation…

fernweh – the ache for distant places; the craving for travel

How beautiful is that? The ache for distant places. The craving for travel.

FullSizeRender (3)If you have ever traveled then you might be familiar with this ache. Once you step outside your world, go travel, and experience other places, you come back changed. And each time you leave and come back, you change more. You might even find yourself after awhile, getting this aching feeling inside you. The feeling that you need to go see and experience more of what the world has to offer, because this world has SO much to offer.

Moving to Germany was the best thing that could have happened to me. It’s where my love affair with traveling started. Our love affair is nearly 20 years strong. 30 European countries, parts of Asia, and Australia….. that ache is a constant pulse pumping through my veins. I’m constantly craving for the next adventure. The next corner of the globe to discover.

Before we knew other places existed, there was one tool that aided travelers in their explorations of the world (other than stars). The compass. It helped early explorers find where they were going, even if they weren’t sure where they were going.

Be like them in your travels. You don’t have to be sure of where you are going. Just go. Even if you’ve never traveled before. Even if you just travel to the state next to yours, or even a town near yours that you’ve never been to. The point is go. You won’t regret the places and experiences you’ve had. You’ll only regret the places you don’t see or the experiences you let pass you by. But once you go, I guarantee you will also find your “fernweh.”