Elvis, look at the bird!

What else is there to share about Memphis and a Road Trip? A must-see visit in Memphis is of course Elvis Presley´s Graceland.  Yes and I admit – I kinda like things like that.  I wouldn´t book a flight from Europe to visit Graceland, but going on a 5 days trip cross country with your friend to see Graceland and all the Exhibitions is a good reason for a trip. Even more if you get to drink a lot of good coffee …

look at the bird!

Elvis, look at the bird!

The snowstorm made us going back through Arkansas instead of visiting St. Louis. I got rewarded though with a delicious and highly recommended lunch at Grünauer´s in Kansas City instead. A bit of Austria in KC. I loved my “Frittatensuppe” and the “Topfentorte” with “Melange” ….

AWesome things I´ve taken with me  …

If McDonald’s tastes good, then you are really hungry. Nebraska has corn and Austria cigarettes. The Ozark´s and the Hillbillies are now on my list and I do love Polka Dots and Stripes … 


Haven´t heard of the Beverly Hillbillies yet?



Booking your Hotel online can be helpful, if you are on a low budget … we all know that already!  But what happens if something goes wrong with your online reservation?  Arriving at night in Memphis Downtown and all the Hotels are totally booked out.  45 minutes of waiting at the front desk, wondering what is going to happen, being absolutely exhausted and irritated.  Awesome!!! What?

Because at the end we get free dinner, free valet parking for 2 nights and free 3 day pass for the Trolley in Memphis with a Jamaican smile. Oh, didn´t I mention the Executive Floor and the 2 Double Bed Room.

Lucky girls in Memphis, Tennessee.

a delightful trip around downtown.

a delightful trip around downtown.

Although sometimes Memphis felt dusty and lonesome, we found unique places full of intriguing characters, southern charm and history. One of my favorite finds has been the ARCADE, credited one of the oldest restaurants in Memphis. This family owned diner opened in 1919. “Walk the Line” and “21 Grams” are only a few movies that were filmed in the Arcade. Even though it has been one of the touristy spots in town, the coffee was just like it had to be …… simply coffee and refilled for free.

blues town

blues town

Follow me and refill for free ….

more from that AWesome Trip the next days!
Bussi Baba,


Flintstones and Laura Ingalls Wilder on the Road

A car, some coins, a credit card, a phone, lot´s of clothing, some books and last but not least your soulmate and your ABFF… that´s all it takes to make a lucky girls road trip.

Here we go, get a glimpse on how a lovely road trip further south looks like.

AWesome breakfast in Springfield

AWesome breakfast in Springfield the Aviary Cafe & Creperie

Downtown Springfield MO

Arkansas - Fleamarket Land

Arkansas – Fleamarket Land

Flintstones from Arkansas

Flintstones from Arkansas

Fleamarket Land

Flea Market Land

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a short and lovely stop at Laura Ingalls Wilder Home in Missouri

a short and lovely stop at Laura Ingalls Wilder Home in Missouri

One other thing that makes an AWesome Road Trip AWesome …

Road Trip Music …

 AlabamaArkansas, I do love my ma and pa, not the way that I do love you …. 

scottish wind in town

A good reason to dig through my closet and look for my 1999 Scotland Shirt. The boring 5 $ Tourist thing … you know that kind! Always carried with me, never wore it. A Shirt that´s like looking at old photos. Greenock is the place I used to live and work and where I met some of my dearest friends and my inner self.  Frightenend Rabbit a band from Glasgow played in Lincoln last night and although I´ve never heard anything from them before I was absolutely sure they´ll rock my world. Scottish Wind …..

Shirt Makeover

Yesterday´s concert at the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln was an AWesome show.  See one of their US Shows online …

My favorite song from yesterdays show …“Poke” 

…and what song is your AWesome FR song?

Poke at my iris,
why can’t I cry about this?
Maybe there is something that you know that I don’t.
We adopt brand new language,
communicate through pursed lips,
And you try not to put on any sexy clothes or graces.
I might never catch a mouse
and present it in my mouth,
To make you feel you’re with someone who deserves to be with you.
But there’s one thing we’ve got going
and it’s the only thing worth knowing,
It’s got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon.
Why won’t our love keel over as it chokes on a bone?
And we can mourn its passing
and then bury it in snow.
Or should we kick its cunt in
and watch as it dies from bleeding?
If you don’t want to be with me just say and I will go.Oooh

Well we can change our partners
this is a progressive dance but
Remember it was me who dragged you up to the sweaty floor.
Well this has been a reel
I’ve got shin-splints and a stitch from we,
But like a drunken night it’s the best bits that are coloured in.
You should look through some old photos,
I adored you in every one of those.
If someone took a picture of us now they’d need to be told,
That we had ever clung and tied
a navy knot with arms at night.
I’d say she was his sister but she doesn’t have his nose.
And now we’re unrelated and rid of all the shit we hated,
But I hate when I feel like this
and I never hated you.


Honestly! and some more

Okay, I am going to be honest now with you.
I think you might have the wrong impression about me when reading my “about me” introduction and looking at some of my AWsome photographs.

When I had the idea of writing a blog and started researching I realized how much time this takes away from my daily business, but a dreamer as I am I thought that I CAN DO IT anyway. I just have to get this thing “running” and then committing to 20 minutes a day and posting something on a daily basis Monday – Friday.  Aha!

A week and 2 posts later I think I am doing something wrong!

How can that be? My first guess is that I shouldn´t follow all those fancy blogs of women’s without kids. My second guess is that I am too busy with taking care of an entire house and my lovely 3 little children. My third guess is that I am too busy with taking care of an entire house and my lovely 3 little children. …. and somehow I am working on my first children´s book (for which I finally submitted my queries to 10 different literacy agency´s in Germany), helping my husband to make his dream and start-up-business come true, volunteering at school, being a good friend, taking care of my family at home, Skype with my friends, watching TV series, planning trips and vacations and …

in between my Laundry Mountain and preparing an Austrian 3 course dinner for our friends to arrive from Wisconsin today I am writing and realizing that writing takes time, but it is me and I still believe that I CAN DO IT.

Bussi Babba – an AWsome Austrian expression for Kiss & Good Bye


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AWsome things I LOVE ABOUT …

mel´s own well being index – go nebraska go!

There are many reasons why I like being in Nebraska. Now. Although … trust me …. that has never crossed my mind before. In Austria there´s an expression, whenever you want to reinforce a sentence you might add: “from here to Nebraska” !

“you are the craziest person from here to Nebraska” …. that tells us? NEBRASKA is farrrrr away from Austria.

Even if I will automatically acknowlede one of many clichés about women and parking, let me share some random, unconventional things about Lincoln – Nebraska.

Lincoln is AWsome for Downtown parking spaces.

parking space downtown

Lincoln is AWsome for affordable Parkingmeter fines.

parking fine