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Deutschland | December 2015

In December of 2015 I traveled to Germany to spend Christmas and New Year’s with my parents. The small town of Erwitte is where I grew up. It has been and will always be my home. Being home, spending quality time with my parents, enjoying mom’s home cooked food, drinking wine, sitting together, talking, laughing, and going to bed late was the time off that I needed. Erwitte is a small town where you can barely go to the supermarket without running into someone you know. My mom gets her eggs from neighbors up the street who have their chickens running around in a big pasture all day long. Needless to say, those are happy chickens and happy chickens lay beautiful eggs. 

We went for walks to the local stable because I had to sniff some horses. It was chilly but not as cold as expected, which leads to flowers blooming in December. 

Afterwards, my mom started baking!!! The cake was delicious because it was made with lots of love (and eggs from happy chickens). 

New Year's Eve came around way too quickly and we spent it sitting together, watching comedy shows on TV until it was time to go outside. There is not that much going on anymore on our street but it was nice being there. Germany, I will see you again soon!!! 

Wills Park Equestrian Center | Hunter Jumper

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the air was autumn fresh and the equestrian’s adrenalin at Wills Park Equestrian Center was at an all-time high. Dressed in beige breeches, dark coats, and shiny boots, they all were mounted atop their meticulously groomed steeds. Spectators were able to see a pretty large variety of horses all the way from small, cuddly teddy bear-like ponies to beautiful gipsy vanners.

Riders and horses were waiting to enter the arena in order to show their hunter jumper skills from simply walking, trotting, cantering to jumping over obstacles. The ladies from Take Flight Academy were amongst these equestrians and they are a group of terrific girls who support and cheer for each other.

 It is always a privilege to be around these ladies and their horses since they greet you with a warm smile and a hug and, very patiently, answer every question I might have. The days are long but even the youngest of the bunch sit, watch and cheer until the sun goes down and the last girl has proven her skill in the arena.

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