Exploring: Helen, GA

So Sunday came around again here in Atlanta (as it does every week – it’s no different to back home!!) but this week we’d finished our furniture shopping (did I mention that? And how AMAZING it felt to walk out of that last shop knowing it was all done? No? I did, did I? Ah well I’ll just telll you again – it felt A-MA-ZING!!!) so we decided to go exploring again! YAY!!

Now as you know we both have new cars and the boy only got his on Friday night so he wanted to go on a big trip in it – he’s a boy, it’s his new toy, I think he might secretly love it a little bit more than he does me…I’m kind of hoping not but hey he LOVES that car! (That I’ve affectionately called Eric – something he’s not too pleased with but it’s staying!) Anyway we went off topic! So some friends of ours (yes we have friends over here – madness I know seen as though we’ve only been here for a few weeks!!) suggested we go to Helen…so off we trotted, well drove, the hour and a half north to this place called Helen.

Now we sort of knew what to expect – hence why we went there – it was described to us as a little German, yes German, town in the middle of Georgia. This I was VERY excited about – I do like a good German town complete with pretty German houses, German delicacies and a good old oompah band – hey I got myself a permanent souvenir!! But I’m not too sure anything could have prepared the little German (I say little, he’s not little at all – just wanted to clear that up!!) for what he saw…so we drove along the windy road then eventually came to this…

Yep a little bit of Bavaria in Georgia!!

Yep a little bit of Bavaria in Georgia!!

I thought it was ace…I mean who wouldn’t?? There were German restaurants, snack bars complete with Bratwurst und Pommes, a Festhalle for things like Oktoberfest and men in Lederhosen and women in Dirndle!! Germany had come to America.

However, the German wasn’t as excited as me…yep he smiled and said ‘This is just weird,’ but also shook his head that something so random (and kind of cheesy) was just an hour and a half away from our new home, a place thousands of miles away from where it belongs!

But we carried on exploring and had a good look around this little gem of a town! We discovered cute little shops with random German gifts in and those amazing Bavarian hats – I need to point out that I’ve always wanted one of these but sadly the German won’t let me have one saying they’re for tourists that’s despite me pointing out that I am actually a tourist!! We saw cake shops selling Strudel (the German wanted to go check it out to see if it was as good as the cakes they make!!) bars will steins (or if you’re in Deutschland a Maas) of beer and cute German looking buildings – everything was built in the same style – even the Wendy’s was Bavarian looking!! Here’s a couple of snaps we took along the way…

The German was fitting in well...

The German was fitting in well…

Hello Bavaria!!

Hello Bavaria!!

We also discovered a bakery. Now if you know any Germans you’ll know that bread (along with beer!!) is their staple diet, they eat bread for breakfast, bread for lunch, bread for dinner and bread for a snack and not just any bread either – it’s blummin good!! I waddle out of the country with a mahoosive carb filled belly every time I visit. So when the German saw a bakery – he was very excited!! Off we went inside and came out with 3 pretzel rolls (2 of which I’ve just realised are still in the German’s new car – oh dear!!) and as he tucked into one he definitely felt at home! We then headed to a restaurant where rouladen were on the menu. These are pieces of steak rolled up with onions, pickles and mustard – they don’t sound too appetizing but believe me they are! Once the German had seen the menu he wanted some rouladen, nothing else would suffice – however I did warn him they wouldn’t be as good as Mutter Richter’s (nothing will ever beat Mutter Richter’s Rouladen it’s like nobody’s Sunday dinner will ever beat Ma Cook’s!!) and as predicted they weren’t but the little German enjoyed them all the same and felt a little bit at home!!

After Bavaria we ventured another few miles and to Anna Ruby Falls – a mahoosive, beautiful waterfall just a bit further up the road. We were welcomed by a jolly American man before walking the last half a mile to the waterfall with some scary signs along the way…

Oh dear Lord...

Oh dear Lord…

Thankfully we didn’t spot this until we were on the way back down and just about back at the car!! Phew!! And if we had spotted one I would have given them A LOT of distance and respect by running, so sprinting in the opposite direction, probably screaming along the way!! Now I haven’t seen many waterfalls in my short (Ok it’s not that short and yes I am getting old now but hey let me believe it’s still a short life!”!) life but this one was definitely the biggest so far – I’ll let the pictures do the talking (also I’m sure you’re a little bit fed up of my ramblings now!!)…

Beautiful...

Beautiful…

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Thoughtful pose...

Thoughtful pose…

Erm...not so beautiful!!

Erm…not so beautiful!!

So there we have it – day 2 of exploring and the German managed to find himself back at home!! You can take the boy out of Germany…but he’ll always find a way of getting back there!! I think another trip to Helen might be on the cards…especially when Oktoberfest comes along!! Lederhosen at the ready!!!

Hit the road Rach…

Sorry, sorry, sorry! It appears I went AWOL again and once again we’re blaming furniture and cars but fear not the furniture shopping is now complete (you have no idea how good it felt to walk out of the last shop – A-MA-ZING!!) and both cars have now been picked up! Things are starting to finally come together!

So the next thing on my list (put together for me by the German!) was to get myself a Georgia Driver’s (yep driver’s not driving like back in good old Blighty!!) Licence. Having held a UK licence for the last 12 years this you would think would be pretty simple and with American’s only driving automatic cars it was about to get even simpler! But they have some mad road rules that if you ask me, are just plain daft!!

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Exploring: World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta

We’ve now been in Atlanta for 3 weeks and after spending the last 3 weekends (and evenings!) furniture and car shopping we now know the inside of every furniture store and car garage in the city! Last weekend though after buying 2 cars and a sofa in 2 days we decided Sunday would be a day to finally do fun stuff and go exploring!! Yay!! This excited me beyond belief – there’s only so much furniture shopping you can do before it becomes the most monotonous exercise EVER! Don’t get me wrong it was fun in the beginning…

So Sunday morning came and I introduced the German to the Marta! It’s a bit like the Tube in London but much, much, much, much smaller!! I’ve been riding the Marta for the last 3 weeks, being car-less and all but for Toby this was a new experience! So off we trotted to the station, got the German a Breeze card and jumped on the south bound Gold line to the Peachtree Centre – we were on our travels and exploring this big city we’ve moved to at last!!

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The story so far…

So it appears I was being ambitious with 2 blogs in less than 24 hours…I apologise for going AWOL but things had to be done…wait right there and you’ll find out what in a mo!

Now at the end of post number 2 I had my visa – and strict instructions from the lovely man in the US Embassy who issued it to me – to take ALL my documents when I got on that big plane over here!

So at the end of last month we had a big leaving party (BIG thanks to all our friends and family who made it there – you know who you are!) and 3 weeks ago today amid streaming tears after saying goodbye to my mum and dad we boarded the big Delta iron bird and started our new adventure! (I sniffled my way towards however many thousands of feet you are in the air – thankfully I was in the window seat where nobody could see me!)

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Crossing the pond…The Big V!

So I’m back for more…yep this is post 2 and it took me less than 24 hours to get here! Well I say less than 24 hours it might actually be around 24 hours but hey who’s counting?!

So this blog is gonna take you back, firstly because I need to tell the whole story of moving and secondly having only been here for 2 weeks there isn’t that much to tell you about! So we’re going back…back to when the first ‘shall we move to America’ conversation took place between me and the German!

Now as you already know this question resulted in a ‘HELL YES’ answer…but what we didn’t know is that it isn’t as easy as you think to get across that big pond and start a new life in the states…mainly because of US immigration. Yep they’re tough nuts to crack! So the big mission to get Rachel and Toby to America began!

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Hello hello!!

So here is my first EVER blog post…yep you lucky people are coming on a journey with me as I try to fathom out the land of blogging! Now I’m not very technically minded so you might have to bear with me here…there could be some good posts…and some not so good…hell I might even try and add some fancy bits into this thing like pictures and videos – scrap that, lets just go one step at a time…words are good to start! So lets get on with it – this is how I came to be a British girl in America…

So back in June the man Toby (also affectionately known as the German – kinda obvious why but just to clarify he’s German!) came home and said how about we move to America? Random one for a weekday evening while I was making tea but his branch of the cake company (yes he works for a cake company – amazing I know!!) was taking over the running of the office in America and his boss wanted him to be the man in the states!! Did I think twice about moving to the big, huge land across the pond…erm NOPE! I was up for that…new adventures, a hot, sunny summer in the land of the free – hell yes! Oh and the other thing…I’d have to be a lady of leisure for awhile…yep you heard it a lady of leisure! So the decision was made…we were going to America and Atlanta to be precise!

So join me as I take you on my adventures with me…I’m not gonna lie they might not all be exciting but stick with it and there might be some gems along the way!