I am a happy camper.

A lot of things have been going through my head, most of them good ...

I LOVE CHRISTMAS. even though it was really strange to be away from my family, I still had a wonderful christmas...I got presents from my grammy, I got to visit my aunt in Ulm, and me and Tyler made a bomb ass just us christmas day and I'm proud of it. I also made some really good spaghetti and meatballs...bread and salad included folks.

about a week ago I went to nuremberg (former nazi capital of the world...) to visit their famous christmas market. It was fantastic, and me and tyler met up with my friend sarah and her boyfriend (sarah's also in the program). the christmas market and Gluehwein (hot mulled wine)were fabulous. what a city, I loved it. We also went to the Nazi documentation center/Museum, which was probably my favorite museum so far. It focuses on the persuasive strategies of the Nazi party and how people were brainwashed into following hitler...not really focused on WWII, so that was cool. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We walked around the unfinished former nazi rally grounds, which was mind boggling. so crazy. It is an 11.5 square mile area that was supposed to be dedicated to erecting a series of buildings (arenas, congress buildings, exhibition fields etc) to make the rallies of the nazi party more accessible and "enjoyable" HAH. it consisted of the famous zeppelin Field where Hitler stood and delivered his famed speeches (it's the location shown in all the videos in history class of him...) It's pretty beat up compared to how it used to look, but the fact that you can go stand on the very same pedistal that Hitler did, is just insane. I stood there. I don't really know how to spill my thoughts out correctly but It was something I won't forget. definitely my favorite thing so far in germany. go to nuremberg if you come here...it's the site of the famous nuremberg trials too (remember history class? I barely do...).

I've just been trying to soak up my time with tyler since he leaves the 13 of january. Maya's coming to visit for christmas fun tomorrow, and then we're off to Berlin this weekend for New Years...if anyone's watching TV and they see the int'l countdown thing in berlin think of me? haha.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT. AND HAPPY NEW YEARS.

p.s. muppet christmas carol is hilarious. I forgot.

p.p.s. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. READ IT AND DON'T WEEP CAUSE IT'S SO COOL