2016 was a magical year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! We'd love to share with you our highlights from this incredible year - our first year as Mr. and Mrs.
In 2016, we've spent precious moments as husband and wife...
We've also been having a blast being Tia Amanda and Tio Luis to our precious niece Cataleya! This year, she turned one!
We give THANKS for all of our blessings with family, work, and friends!
We were able to see lots of family and friends this year while staying busy at home. Luis' shop Auto Interiors and Design is growing more and more every day while Amanda is continues teaching in West Chicago for the 9th straight year! The commute may be 55 miles one way, but the kids and staff are worth it!
Arrival in Reykjavik
It was a chilly morning (midnight Chicago time, 6:30am Icelandic time!) and we were ready for adventure! Iceland Air offers a really cool program called the Iceland Stopover. We spent an extended layover on the island and seriously wish it would have been longer...
It was time to start exploring...
We brought the honeymoon bouquet all the way across the world!
In the distance, you can see the heat coming off of the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa and Resort.
All of Iceland's landscape is like this...rocky, mossy, volcanic, and breathtaking.
In fact, the land is so "mystical", rumor has it, elves live in and amongst these mossy rocks causing mischief wherever they go.
We just can't emphasize enough how magical this place feels!
English gardens for days...
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
We had no idea Amsterdam would be so beautiful...
As romantic as the castle and driving The Rhine were, we were off to our next adventure: The Black Forest
And once again, we were charmed by our beautiful Air BnB accomodations.
This family - seriously - was absolutley wonderful. When we arrived, they had dinner prepared for us: black forest ham, oven baked olive bread, and lots (LOTS) of red wine. They treated us like family! Amanda even got a job offer to come work at their school. If she ever quits teaching at West Chicago...this is probably where she ended up.
After a few days, we hit the road again. We drove through the forest north toward one of the only remaining Medieval towns still standing in Germany.
And last but not least, a RANDOM stop in a crazy place just south of Berlin.
Welcome to Tropical Islands! A waterpark built inside of an abandoned blimp hangar from WWI. Seriously. This place was AWESOME!
For our second to last night in Germany, we spent our time relaxing in what felt like a real tropical island. It was just crazy!