EXPAT LIFE: When Mama C came to stay.

Hello, I’m Rachel and it’s been a long time since I posted on this littler piece of blogworld that I call mine. And the reason why? I’ve been doing that thing we call life and blogging ended up being pushed onto the back-burner and instead I’ve been spending weekends tubing on the river, enjoying the summer sunshine, taking a trip to Europe, catching up with friends and generally enjoying life!

So much so that Mama C headed across the pond for her annual visit to the Richter Hotel back in June and I still haven’t blogged about it! So, here it is!

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Exploring: Rosemary Beach, FL

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A few weeks ago, the German and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (even though we’ve legally been married for 2 years!) and decided to head back to Florida where married life for us technically began, although Ma Cook refused to believe it until she saw me walk down the aisle a year later in Germany!

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Catching up on Life Vol.3

It’s time for another life update and man have we been busy! The visit from my big bro and sis-in-law kicked off the action and included cabin trips, wine tasting, baseball and lots of food! More on that here.

Then, as they left, we welcomed our second set of visitors for the weekend when Waschtl and Julia came to stay en-route from Germany to New York City to Florida and back to Germany again. We spent the weekend shopping (all our visitors love to go to the shopping outlet!), eating tacos (at Teela Taqueria) and BBQ (at Fox Bros. BBQ) and checking out local brewery Monday Night Brewing:

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Exploring: The Atlanta BeltLine, GA

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Last Saturday, after I’d finished work, the weather was beautiful so the German and I decided to take a walk along the Atlanta BeltLine. It was the perfect day for it, sunny but not too hot, spring really is the best time of the year in this city!

So, the BeltLine is a little bit like the HighLine in New York City. It’s an old railway line that has been turned into a public park. It’s currently a work in progress with only sections of the BeltLine completed but, once it’s done it will be 22 miles of trails, parks and transit options that will circle around Downtown Atlanta, connecting many neighborhoods and tourist spots, however, that won’t be until 2030 so there’s still quite a way to go.

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Food: Teela Taqueria

This place is, hands down, our favorite place for tacos in Atlanta – Teela Taqueria. It’s a casual joint located just off Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, perfect for a quick dinner when you really don’t want to cook, but, it’s also a great place to meet friends and always a place we take our visitors! Baring in mind, Mexican food wasn’t really on our radar until we moved Stateside, I think we’ve adapted to it very well indeed.

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Inside it’s a little dark, but it has all the bright colors of Mexico – oranges, reds, yellows, greens. There are cute cushions on the benches and tables painted to look ‘rustic Mexican’ if that’s even a thing! It has a great, vibrant atmosphere that’s perfect for couples, friends and families alike.

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Exploring: Skydeck Chicago, IL

Exploring Chicago, IL

Whilst visiting the fab city that is Chicago (more on that here), we couldn’t resist heading up to the Skydeck of the Willis Tower and seeing Chicago from above. Our last morning in the city was pretty clear so we hotfooted it downtown and up the 103 floors to the top before the clouds moved in.

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Food: Pizano’s, Chicago, IL

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When you’re in Chicago you simply have to eat pizza and not just any pizza, deep dish pizza! The city is famous for it and who am I to say no to pizza? This expat thing is all about exploring and trying local delicacies and this definitely has to be a good one. So, literally hours after landing in the windy city, we could be found in a pizza place, waiting for our deep dish!

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