Feel Good Lost

The longer I stay the less desire I have to keep up this ‘travel’ blog. I know where I’m from, where I was born, where I grew up, where I’ve studied, where I’ve traveled, where I currently live, but none of them alone make a home. “Everywhere I go I take another place with me.” My home is with the people I love, they carry it around with them and share it with me when I’m in their presence. I think of them every day, I miss them every day. It never changes and I’m glad. I’m not losing my sense of self, I’m losing my sense of direction, in the best way. I’m  letting myself get lost, trying to continue to challenge myself in this foreign country I live in, and having fun trying to find myself again. I’m learning to feel good lost so that I can feel  better when I’m found. Here are a few pictures of my last few months, my lost few months.

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Congratulations to my lovely sister, Allison, on her marriage to Nick, and a congratulations to myself, for finally getting the older brother (in-law) I’ve always wanted.

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A good Ritter Sport

 

 

 

 

Was fortunate enough to get the timing right as Julia, Frances and I reunited near Stuttgart this weekend. My senior year of High School I befriended the exchange students, introduced them to my group of friends and, of course, took them to a few hockey games. At the time all of this was conducted in English seeing as the only German I knew was ‘Schlampa’ or Bitch, but after since having apologized for only using that word, it was really satisfying to spend the whole weekend only conversing ‘auf Deutsch.’ Not to mention, comforting to reunite with such good friends so far from home. 

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Prom 6 years ago^

 

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Above, a gracious albeit annoyed Knight (put a sword up to a drunks head seconds prior) was nice enough to pose with me. 

We also went to some caves near Reutlingen (very close to where I lived 4 years ago, Tuebingen) and managed to get a good walk in and even play in the snow a bit. It was hard leaving, sometimes I wish Germany was small enough that it’d be even easier to see Julia and Frances all of the time, but I’ve still got over half a year left and we’ll see one another soon. 

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Everyone take a knee

OK, well not everyone…

Mandatory Schleswig-Holstein Teaching Assistant Meeting led to ‘mandatory’ (partial) group photo.

Everyone take a knee

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eine Fähre fahrende Fee

Oh Caption, my Caption

There are three boats in this picture and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out. My early adventure for Tuesday was taking two busses and a ferry to get to Holtenau and back to pick up a package. Bikes are allowed on the ferry, which is free, but while I’d love to ride along the coast the weather has been getting colder and colder making even commuting questionable.

But that is what scarves, toques and mittens are for. Winter has arrived.

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16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here

A five course meal of food for thought. I’ll try and come up with a few for Germany soon.

Thought Catalog

A lot of people around the world have ideas of what America is like, possibly thanks to Hollywood, or their local news channels, and maybe from what they’ve heard from families and friends. But then, they came here, to the grand old United States and their minds exploded. Taken from Quora.

1. Rakib Islam

I am originally from Bangladesh and here are a few things that I find hard to explain to peeps back home.

  • Fruits and vegetables are way more expensive than meat and poultry.
  • That, generally speaking, the poor is more obese than the rich.
  • A lot of couples adopt children, sometimes in spite of having their own, and treat them exactly like their own. (To me, this alone is a marker of a great people)
  • By and large, people do not carry cash.
  • That you address your boss (and some of your professors) by some abbreviated…

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Ich bin stolz auf dich!

Danke Detlef, wir kriegen das hin

Ich bin stolz auf dich!

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