- 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.
Hello again friends, and happy Thursday! I can’t believe I’ve already been in Hildesheim for two and a half weeks. I’m now able to successfully navigate my way around town, and even have a few ‘favorite hang out spots’ to frequent. Over the past year, I’ve developed a little practice where I make a “Happy List.” That is, a list of all the small, seemingly insignificant things in my life that add up to make me one happy girl. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or cranky, I can look back on these lists and remember how blessed I truly am. You can read a past Happy List here, or keep scrolling down to read my latest list, sprinkled throughout a few recent pictures of Hildesheim in bloom!
1. The fact that the sun doesn’t set until 9:30pm these days.
2. When I learn a new German word and then successfully use it in conversation.
3. My ritual morning cup of coffee.
4. The lilac bushes in full bloom around town.
5. Long telephone conversations with my dad.
6. The colorful doors scattered around Hildesheim. I have a thing for doors.
7. Being able to walk/ride my bike everywhere.
8. Sleeping in way longer than necessary.
9. Warm showers before bed.
10. Fresh flowers on the table.
12. Starting a new book.
13. Binge watching Gilmore Girls (I don’t have a problem, I could stop anytime).
14. All German bread. They do bread right.
15. Playing silly games with little kids.
16. Chillin’ with Tazan, my host’s cat.
17. Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, after all.
18. Snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket.
19. Having no where to be and nothing important to do.
20. Checking tasks off your to-do list.
21. Crawling into bed after a long day.
22. Church potlucks.
23. Wasting time in coffee shops.
24. Listening to a really interesting podcast.
25. Messing around on the guitar or piano.
26. ^Finding my family’s name carved above an old German door frame. When can I move in?!
27. Experiencing spring slowly turn into summer. This is my first time really experiencing seasons, and it’s blowing my mind!
28. Traveling to new destinations.
29. Writing of any sort- blog posts, short stories, essays, poems, you name it!
30. Home cooked meals.
31. Warm fuzzy socks.
32. Learning about German traditions.
33. Shoe shopping.
34. Practicing my photography and becoming more familiar with my camera.
35. Family vacations.
36. Colorful buildings and attention to detail.
37. Movie nights.
38. Cider. It’s not just for New Years Eve anymore!
39. Painting with watercolor.
40. Perusing my favorite blogs.
41. Peonies- my favorite flower of all time!
42. Experimenting with new hairstyles.
43. Listening to people talk about something they are obviously passionate about.
44. Card games.
45. Memorable late night conversations.
46. Becoming a regular somewhere.
47. Weekly bible study.
48. DIY crafts and decorations
49. This blog!
50. My lovely readers (that’s you, wink wink :))