“I wonder how many people would have fallen in love if they had only spoken to each other. Strangers sitting next to each other on an airplane at night, watching the world grow smaller beneath them. Or in a tiny bookstore filled with old stories, their pages yellowed and dusty with age. Or sitting next to each other at a concert, both wanting to linger in the same note of a song that they think contains a universe. How many strangers have shared lovely, beautiful moments together? How many people would have found the love of their life if they had decided to say something?”
P.s. Photo I took in Heidelberg last night 🙂
I woke up to fresh snow the other day, and it was mesmerizing. I could not pull my gaze away from the window the entire day. Then I wandered out into this winter wonderland and stumbled here and there in an amazed stupor. The only thing that broke me from my trance was the fact that I could no longer feel any of my body parts, and decided it was perhaps best to wander back inside and warm my extremities. But, to be honest, it was so beautiful that it almost justifies loosing a leg or two. Almost.
I am from California, folks. We don’t have snow like this in LA. I know it will get old by January or February, but not today. Today it is some kind of magic.
Hello there, how are you? These last few weeks have been a whirlwind in the best ways. My parents just left this morning (*insert tears here*) after a wonderful ten days together. It was so nice to show them around my stomping grounds and give context for my life.
Above is a photo from a great breakfast I spent with some new friends in Königstein last week. Arn’t they lovely? And below are a bunch more photos from life lately. Enjoy!One of my favorite students goofing around after a school assembly on cyber safety. I was definitely scared to go on the internet for like two days afterwards…This waffle house takes the cake (or, um, the waffle) because of the beautiful writing on my plate!The family that freezes together, stays together.We spent three days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a magical old city from the Middle Ages. I’ve been to so many German towns, but this one really is some kind of enchantment. Selfie with my girl Lara!Dad in his inadequate jacket! Then I took my parents to work for my very own “take your parents to work day.” The students asked them some funny questions, and we laughed at this mural from a graduating class. Can you spot the grammar typo?When you tryina’ show your parents a good time and they fall asleep on you…Of course we had to spend Thanksgiving at the Heidelberg castle because, well, duh! My mom and I both studied abroad here and it holds a special place in our hearts. I am so thankful for this city.An afternoon walk through Weinheim!He was posing on purpose, don’t worry…so cultured and European ;pJust noticed this busty lady watching over my school. What kind of German diet do I have to go on to get this figure?!! We decorated my apartment. Can you say “Baby’s first Charlie Brown Christmas tree?”Much Glühwein was consumed at the Christmas market.I brought my Polaroid to school and the kids were convinced it was magic! I loved sharing my hobby with them and creating tangible memories.Still a few colorful fall leaves left….please don’t snow yet, I’m not emotionally prepared!!Have a nice week, sweet friends!
Hey friends! How have you been? I for one have been trying to stay dry– it won’t stop raining here in Weinheim, Germany! My parents arrive this weekend, and I’m praying for some nice weather to be able to show them around properly. Below are a few photos from life lately, if you’d like to see. Enjoy!
My “university buddy” Ian and I got way lost the other night trying to find a certain cafe (my fault completely), so we decided to take a desperate SOS photo…send help, there’s a giant hairy man behind me!My friend Ruth visited me this weekend. She is also a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a nearby town, and we’ve been able to connect a few times this fall. She is just the sweetest, and her outfit was perfectly color coordinated for my “autumn themed photos.”Kaffee und Kuchen to warm up.My colleague invited me to her village choir. Here they are singing “California Dreamin” which I found hilarious and also nostalgia inducing. By the end I wanted to stand up and shout I FREAKIN LOVE CALIFORNIA IT REALLY IS A DREAM OMG!I went for a walk in the forest behind my school during a break, and the beauty almost took my breath away…that, and the fact that it was freakin cold as all get out.My eighth graders and I made “American Food” during one lesson. I’m pretty dang proud of this bean dip, if I do say so myself. I hope I did the country proud ;p
Have a good one, friends!
I spent five days in London over fall break, visiting a dear friend from college who is killing it in her masters program at University College London. I spent one month in London after my freshman year of college, so I had already done most of the typical “touristy” things. This trip was all about immersing myself in life as a local. I tried to envision what my daily routine might look like if I lived there. It wasn’t hard to picture- I’ve always been drawn to the city and could easily imagine moving there one day. Who knows?! That seems to be a big theme in my life these days: who knows?
It was so wonderful to have deep, meaningful conversations with an old friend. I miss close friendships with peers. I know it takes time to develop these in a new place, and I just have to be patient, but it’s hard to wait. I want to have best friends here right now…and yet, I’m okay. Day by day, moment by moment. Trips like this sustain me until those new relationships take root and begin to grow. Can you relate?
Below are a few photos from my iPhone because I was too lazy to lug my nice camera around in the rain on that trip. There are also a few other photos from the past few days. Enjoy!Look at this smart lady! She could defend me and my human rights anywhere, anytime.Sometimes you just have to geek out and play tourist.If I look cold, it’s because I was.The Wheel of Fortune, otherwise known as the London Eye.Knotting Hill!Dr. Who fans, where you at? This is the location of the original Tartus in the show.My new university ID. Never mind that I look like a Chinese boy…
My new friend Ian, with whom I take classes at Uni. We are always struggling with Wifi connections but it makes for a funny time.My colleagues and I at a dinner during our trip to Flossenbürg, the concentration camp in Bavaria where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed.Famous Nurnberger sausagesI’m always on some train or other. This one was bound for Frankfurt, where I went out with a few friends for Halloween.This photo pretty much sums up how Halloween ended…yes, I do know this person. It was fun 🙂
Have a good week, friends!
- When you ask the hotel receptionist in German if you can fill up your waterbottle in the tap, and she says yes, then proceeds to take your waterbottle and fill it with scalding hot water from the coffee machine…thank you?
- Chatting with your colleague in German and asking what kind of guitar he plays, to which he answers that yes, his sister is a vegetarian too but she eats fish and he has been thinking about going vegetarian for some time now and blah blah blah…you soon realize he has mistaken the word guitar for vegetarian because of your mediocre accent and you now have to decide whether to correct him or to just go with it.
- Carrying a bouquet of flowers on the subway and accidentally poking your eye really hard with the wrapping. The man sitting next to you laughs and says, “Ouch!”
- Going out dancing with friends for Halloween (to a sala club, which you can’t dance) and accidentally missing the last train home, forcing you to sit in an empty bar for three hours and wait until the next one.
- Asking a colleague what her grandson will be for halloween, to which she responds that she in fact has no grandson…
- My colleagues and I took a trip to Flossenbürg, the concentration camp in Bavaria where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprissoned and ultimately killed. We work at Dietrich Bonhoeffer school, so at the end of our tour we held a small ceremony in his honor. We laid a wreath of flowers on his grave, sang a song set to lyrics he wrote, recited the Lord’s Prayer, and read a few words from his works. As difficult as it is to learn about this era in history, I was struck by the earnestess of the people standing next to me, and it filled me with a strange sort of hope for the future.
- Thai food with an old friend who now lives 15 minutes from me!
- Finishing the book “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. Tears were shed Reader, tears were shed.
- Waiting for the Straßenbahn when an acquaintance from Syria walks up. Strike up a conversation and end of having a great time. He lets you ride on his ticket so you don’t have to buy one and invites you over for dinner next week.
- German coffee.
P.s. Photo of the chapel in Flossenbürg that was built by former prisoners years after the war.