Hello friends, I’m reporting from the good ol’ US of A! I’ve been home in SoCal for a week now, and let me tell you, this place never looses it’s charm, no matter how many exotic countries you travel to or how many stamps you have in your passport. It has been so nice to relax, unwind, and recuperate after a taxing semester. I am loving all the family time, as well as catching up with a few old friends in the area. To tell you the truth, I had forgotten what it felt like to be bored- to having nothing I have to do. I am filling my time with fun hobbies like painting, writing, reading, and bike riding. But this welcomed boredom can’t last forever. In fact, it will only last two more weeks, because on May 4th I am headed back to Germany!
You read correctly, I am flying back to Germany for a three month internship with a church in Hildesheim. Over Christmas break, I began scheming ways to spend more time in Germany, and I reached out to a church my parents are connected with in Northern Germany. The pastor and his family are American expats living and working with a church of Christ in Hildesheim, and agreed to take me on as a youth intern for May through July. I will be working with middle school and high school girls, getting to know them, going to their church summer camps, and helping out in any way I can. I will be living with a family who attends the church, and nannying for their three small children during the week in exchange for free room and board.
It’s going to be a crazy adventure to say the least! I am really excited to invest in a community and give back to the country that has already given me so much. I can’t wait to use the language on a daily basis, and get a taste of German family life.
As my faithful readers, I thought I would let you know what’s going on around here. I plan to continue blogging while I’m in Hildesheim and beyond (you can’t get rid of me that easily)! I won’t be traveling nearly as often, but plan to focus my writing on my cultural experiences and the people I meet. The name of my blog is likely to change, as I’m no longer in Heidelberg, but I’m not going anywhere. Thanks so much for always reading, and stay tuned for the next chapter in my journey. Have a great few weeks friends, and I will get back to you soon!