We are the worst bloggers in the world - its been 10months!
Well it has been a good 10 months since our last update - whoops! We are officially terrible bloggers! We are going to catch you up in instalments, (or that is the plan anyway) This next post will take nearly all the way through October (*cringe*).
When we left you we had just spent a month studying German in Berlin and were looking for jobs. Since then there have been visits from friends and family from back home, cycling adventures, more German study, 2 job acceptances, a beautiful holiday to Croatia, a move to Frankfurt, and a mini-break to London.
First things first- after finishing up at our language school we went looking for bicycles to get around the city. As we weren't sure if we would be staying in Berlin we decided to investigate rental options. Consequently we met a new Berliner friend Patryk, in a bicycle store when trying to decide on second hand bikes. It turned out the Patryk had his own "private fleet" of better bicycles that he could offer us at a cheaper rate, which we thought was wheely spoke-tacular!
In May our beautiful friends Annie and Adam came to Berlin as part of their European holiday. It was so lovely to see good friends from home for the first time in months. Another positive thing that came out of this is that we both took to time out of our study-slash-job-applying bubble to explore Berlin with fresh eyes and enjoy more of what it has to offer, including the Berlin Wall, Templehofer Feld (a closed airport turned public park), an abandoned theme park used in the 2012 movie 'Hanna' and a crazy 30 odd kilometre ride from Berlin to Potsdam with fantastic company.
Not long after that our friends Anne and Graham came to Berlin for a few days which was pretty special. We had a few coffee dates and even drank champagne to celebrate Juli's new job in Frankfurt!
Before leaving Berlin to start fresh in Frankfurt we had a beautiful holiday in Croatia booked with a dear friend Megan. Josh has for years reaped the benefits of having the same birthday as Megan (who works in events and thus throws fantastic parties). Not wanting to break the tradition the three of us decided to celebrate together in Croatia. Before meeting Megan in Hvar we headed up north to see the world heritage site Plitvice Lakes. The photos really do speak for themselves, needless to say apart from the crowds it was an amazing experience.
Next, we travelled to Split to meet Megan and then caught a ferry to Hvar. We were so excited at the prospect of going to the beach in summer (a luxury we struggled doing without in Europe until this point) and Hvar didn't disappoint - we certainly spent our fair share of time on lounges, drinking cocktails by the beautiful water (a new and wonderful experience). The three of us did balance this "tough lifestyle" with some more active things including sea kayaking around some of the smaller islands near Hvar.
After a beautiful week in Croatia we packed up our bags in Berlin and hired a car to drive to Frankfurt. We may have made a teeny mistake of plugging in "no tolls" on the SatNav which actually kept us off all highways, turning a 3.5-4hr journey into about 9hours. Germany has some lovely little towns and farming land, we are pretty sure we saw most of it!
Juli started at an International Baccalaureate school (Metropolitan School Frankfurt) teaching grade 3 in August. There are students and staff from all over the world which is really exciting and we all love to travel - making the most of long weekends and holidays. Pretty early on in the school year a group of 6 of us casually road tripped to Brussels for a long weekend. We definitely ate too many waffles, drank our fair share of beer and followed the cutest marching band through the city. #EuropeanLife
We took the opportunity to get away on a 'mini-break' to London in October where Juli got over-excited at the prospect of taking Vegemite back to Frankfurt.
London was as easy to live in and as expensive as we had imagined. We found lovely little cafes, saw an amazing poppy installation at the Tower of London in preparation for Remembrance Day and absolutely loved the Borough Market - with its tasty food and oversized pumpkins.
Certainly a highlight of the trip was going to see The Lion King and Book of Mormon musicals - they were so incredibly different and amazing.
If all goes well, you will hear again from us in a week - where we will update you on a trip around Turkey, a snowboarding getaway and an amazing Christmas break with our families.