iPhone Photos from Life Lately

IMG_5811Hey 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!

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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!IMG_5833My 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.”Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_5848IMG_5850IMG_5854Kaffee und Kuchen to warm up.IMG_5859IMG_5864My 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!IMG_5877IMG_5880IMG_5891I 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.IMG_5809My 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!

Awkward & Awesome

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Awkward

  1. When you’re at dinner with your colleagues and someone tells a joke in German that you don’t understand, and everyone is rolling on the floor laughing– TEARS WERE SHED here people. And you just sit there and chuckle along nervously, pretending to understand and then begin to silently panic…
  2. Forgetting to turn off your livingroom light before you left for an entire weekend.
  3. Not understanding your boss’s instructions in German to eat lunch on your own time before the museum tour, so you don’t eat anything, and then STARVE to the brink of death for the next six hours.
  4. Asking the woman at the supermarket which vegetables are zucchini and which are eggplant because you can’t tell the difference and don’t know the different words in German and your cooking repertoire up till now includes ramen and spaghetti, and she stares at you like you’re an idiot and points them out. Who knew one was purple and one was green? Not this girl.
  5. This photo your friend took of you posing in the woods. Believe it or not, you were trying to act natural:IMG_5747.jpg

Awesome

  1. Teaching a class about California and the Cali lifestyle– it really is a great state 🙂
  2. Rearranging your furniture to make it feel like a whole new space.
  3. Looking forward to two friends visiting on Saturday.
  4. When your homie from college books a flight to see you in December!
  5. The fact that your parents will be here in one week 😮

iPhone Photos from Life Lately

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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!fullsizeoutput_4e1dLook at this smart lady! She could defend me and my human rights anywhere, anytime.IMG_5345Sometimes you just have to geek out and play tourist.Processed with VSCO with b1 presetIf I look cold, it’s because I was.IMG_5383The Wheel of Fortune, otherwise known as the London Eye.Processed with VSCO with m5 presetIMG_5401IMG_5409IMG_5423Knotting Hill!fullsizeoutput_4e1eIMG_5447Dr. Who fans, where you at? This is the location of the original Tartus in the show.IMG_5452My new university ID. Never mind that I look like a Chinese boy…

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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.IMG_5557My colleagues and I at a dinner during our trip to Flossenbürg, the concentration camp in Bavaria where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed.IMG_5558Famous Nurnberger sausagesIMG_5568Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_5588I’m always on some train or other. This one was bound for Frankfurt, where I went out with a few friends for Halloween.IMG_5590Processed with VSCO with x1 presetIMG_5595This photo pretty much sums up how Halloween ended…yes, I do know this person. It was fun 🙂

Have a good week, friends!

Awkward & Awesome

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Awkward

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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!”
  4. 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.
  5. Asking a colleague what her grandson will be for halloween, to which she responds that she in fact has no grandson…

Awesome

  1. 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.
  2. Thai food with an old friend who now lives 15 minutes from me!
  3. Finishing the book “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. Tears were shed Reader, tears were shed.
  4. 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.
  5. German coffee.

P.s. Photo of the chapel in Flossenbürg that was built by former prisoners years after the war.

Awesome & Awkward

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  1. Five days in Austria, five days in London.
  2. Installing a light in my entryway so I don’t have to fumble around in the dark.
  3. The fact that my dad reunited with his college band to perform at their reunion and homecoming football game this weekend. But I still need video proof…
  4. Making a new friend in my city!
  5. Picking up my university student ID, which allows me to travel on most trains in the region for free (or at least very discounted).

Awkward

  1. Booking a flight that left London Stansted at 7:30am to save a little money. Why Micah, why?
  2. Forgetting to push the button on the bus that lets the driver know you want to get off at the stop, and therefore riding the bus an extra ten minutes and walking back twenty.
  3. Failing miserably at pronouncing certain words in German, no matter how hard I practice.
  4. Leaving my bike out in the rain for five days straight…
  5. Arriving to pick something important up at 1:05 only to realize the office closes at 1:00.

P.s. Photo from here

Salzburg & Bavaria

fullsizeoutput_4dc7This week and next week I have Fall break, so two other Fulbright ETAs and I hoped a bus down to Salzburg, Austria for a few days of fun. The trip didn’t start out so fun, however, as our train was late, which meant we had to SPRINT to catch our bus at the station. It was pulling out as I reached the door and pounded on it with big puppy eyes begging please let us on! Luckily, the driver was a really nice Jordanian who laughed and said “We arabs aren’t very punctual either” and opened the door. My heart was racing for the next twenty minutes but it was worth the work out. We made it down to Salzburg that afternoon and began exploring. It is such a pristine city filled with elegant facades and castles perched on hills. I think my favorite part of the city was the cathedral in the Altstadt.

We stayed in a hostel that showed The Sound of Music movie every night at 8pm. Every. Single. Night. I asked the receptionist if he stilled liked the movie and he just rolled his eyes no– ha! Below are a few photos if you’d like to see 😉fullsizeoutput_4dbffullsizeoutput_4dc0fullsizeoutput_4dc1fullsizeoutput_4dc2fullsizeoutput_4dc3fullsizeoutput_4dc4fullsizeoutput_4dc5fullsizeoutput_4dc6That domed building is the cathedral!fullsizeoutput_4dc8fullsizeoutput_4dc9Casual castle on a hill.fullsizeoutput_4dcafullsizeoutput_4dcbfullsizeoutput_4dccfullsizeoutput_4dcdfullsizeoutput_4dcefullsizeoutput_4dcffullsizeoutput_4dd2It’s always IceZeit (ice cream time). fullsizeoutput_4dd0fullsizeoutput_4dd3Love Lock bridge, like in Paris!fullsizeoutput_4dd4fullsizeoutput_4dd5fullsizeoutput_4dd8fullsizeoutput_4dd9fullsizeoutput_4dddfullsizeoutput_4ddefullsizeoutput_4ddffullsizeoutput_4de0One day we went to Berchtesgaden, a town in Bavaria where Hitler held his summer residence. The actual residence is called Berghof/Eagle’s Nest, and you can take a bus up the side of a HUGE Alp to the tippy top. The view is other-worldly. fullsizeoutput_4de1fullsizeoutput_4de2fullsizeoutput_4de3fullsizeoutput_4de4fullsizeoutput_4de5fullsizeoutput_4de6fullsizeoutput_4de8fullsizeoutput_4de9fullsizeoutput_4deafullsizeoutput_4debThis is at the Königsee, a lake in the national park just below Berghof/Eaglesnest.fullsizeoutput_4decThe next day we went to Fuschlsee, a dreamy alpine lake near Salzburg. It almost looks like a green screen or some sort of party photo booth backdrop! I was speechless.fullsizeoutput_4dedfullsizeoutput_4deefullsizeoutput_4deffullsizeoutput_4df0fullsizeoutput_4df1fullsizeoutput_4df2fullsizeoutput_4df3fullsizeoutput_4df4Smolderfullsizeoutput_4df6fullsizeoutput_4df8fullsizeoutput_4dfcfullsizeoutput_4dfdfullsizeoutput_4dfefullsizeoutput_4dffWHAAAATTTTTTfullsizeoutput_4e01fullsizeoutput_4e02fullsizeoutput_4e03fullsizeoutput_4e04fullsizeoutput_4e05fullsizeoutput_4e07fullsizeoutput_4e08fullsizeoutput_4e09fullsizeoutput_4e0afullsizeoutput_4e0cfullsizeoutput_4e0dfullsizeoutput_4e0efullsizeoutput_4e0ffullsizeoutput_4e11fullsizeoutput_4e12fullsizeoutput_4e13fullsizeoutput_4e14fullsizeoutput_4e15fullsizeoutput_4e16fullsizeoutput_4e17fullsizeoutput_4e18We were color coordinated for these photos apparently!

This trip did the soul some good. Now I’m headed to London for a few days to visit my dear friend who is getting her Masters in Human Rights there because she is a boss who will change the world.

Have a good one, friends!

Fulbright Month One Video

Hey friends, how are you? I finally got around to compiling my video clips from the last month into a complete video. I really enjoy capturing my life in this format, but I must admit this time around I’m feeling a little wary of posting. Not because these clips aren’t great or accurately representative of my life, but they simply don’t tell the full story. Sometimes I decide not to post photos or videos to Facebook because I don’t want anyone to feel like their life is less than or negatively compare their story to mine. While living and working abroad has been an incredible experience this far that I wouldn’t trade for the world, I also just want to be honest and mention a few of the many things that aren’t featured in this video, such as:

Frustrations with Visa paperwork
An endless struggle to get internet at home
More than a few missed trains and buses
Trying to decipher utility bills in German
Insecurity about my language ability

And so much more. So while I hope you thoroughly enjoy this video, I just wanted to say that whatever you’re going through, you are not alone. Everyone, without exception, struggles. Social media may make life look shiny, but at the end of the day we are all trying our best to make it one step at a time 🙂 Wishing you a good one, friends!

little brother

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little brother,

you know my favorite thing about you? yes, i think you do, i’ve told you many times. it’s your eyebrows. why, you ask? well, i’ll tell you.

mostly because i’m jealous. that’s right, I’m positively green with jealousy. they are so thick and luscious and brooding. about five years ago, society became hyper aware of people’s eyebrows and it became stylish to have thick ones which, unfortunately, i do not. stupid off-trend genes. anyhow, i think yours are just fabulous and it makes me angry that you don’t properly appreciate them. if i were you, i would stare at them in the mirror everyday and thank the eyebrow gods for their generosity. no one else in our family is as blessed in this regard, so please don’t take them for granted.

but on a slightly deeper note (though perhaps not as important), i have many more favorite things about you. for example, your creativity. or your kind disposition, or your heart for social justice and desire to understand the bible and to really see people and learn how they function. you are always my favorite company, and i miss you quite a lot.

oh, and don’t even get me started on your long eyelashes, which you also don’t properly appreciate. that would just make me all sorts of mad.

-big sis

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One Month in Germany

39F327D6-B4BA-4339-96B1-ADF49853BE29.jpgI can’t believe I’ve already been here one month. It feels like it has gone by both lightning fast and also incredibly slow. There have been so many hurdles to cross (even now I’m writing this on a German keyboard and I have no idea where any of the letters are, so it takes an eternity!). One second I feel on top of the world, like I could conquer anything and excel at life, and then the next second I feel totally helpless and uninformed. Expat life is quite the rollercoaster.

But recently I took a breather and spent a few hours walking around a beautiful park in Mannheim, watching the bright orange leaves fall gently to the ground. Fall is here and I’m lucky enough to be here to experience it. Below are a few photos and stories from the past few weeks. Enjoy!jIMG_4681My first day in the city of Weinheim, by beautiful new home.IMG_4688Some of my colleagues from school and I went to an alpine slide after work. It was so much fun and the view wasn’t too shabby either.IMG_4717The children in the language intensive classes at my school worked together to perform a play. They come from over ten different countries and speak many different languages. Many of them are refugees who have not lived in Germany more than two years. But they performed incredibly well in German, and it was obvious they were proud of themselves. The whole show brought tears to my eyes. It was touching to see people from such different backgrounds coming together to make something new. The play was covered in the newspaper and hopefully this experience will be replicated in other schools in Germany.Processed with VSCO with t1 presetIMG_4760CofffffeeeeeeeeIMG_4785Met up with another Fulbrighter for a day in Heidelberg. That place NEVER gets old.IMG_4813Moore Haus will always have my heart.IMG_4851Hope you’re doing well!