Germany, Round Five

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Hello there friends, how are you? I am sitting on the couch in my pajamas at 3pm on a Saturday. All is well. All is very well. There is a huge rain storm in DFW right now, complete with thunder and lightning and flash floods– oh my! But coming from California, where it only rains like two days a year, I am secretly really enjoying this weather. It is so soothing.

Anyways, I wanted to tell you a little bit more about my upcoming adventure. I am returning to Germany on September 25th for two more years of grad school. I know, I know, you probably saw that one coming given my history of obsession with Germany. Sometimes I joke that I’m getting my Masters just so I can keep this travel blog going haha!

But I am very excited. And scared. Yes, I am really scared. I had a tough time last year in many regards, so I’m nervous to go back. But I know it’s the right decision. I learned so much last year, and I feel confident that this time will be 100 times easier because of those hard lessons.

Here is a link to info about my Masters program for those of you interested. I plan to keep blogging (duh) but will probably need a million weeks or so to get adjusted.

Hope your summer ended well! Cheers to Germany, round 5 🙂

P.s. Photo from here

Córdoba!

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Spending a bit of time in the south of Spain with my brother and a few friends. My high school Spanish is a bit rusty but I am trying! I loved visiting the Mesquite Cathedral here in Córdoba and seeing the intersection of Christian, Muslim and Jewish architecture in the city. So cool!

Amsterdam 2018

 

 

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A Weekend in Croatia

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I spent the weekend in beautiful northern Croatia with my beautiful friend Ruth! We spent most of our time in the ancient Roman city of Rovinj. It was a dream. I can’t even articulate how lovely every corner of the place was! I want to come back one day in the summer when the water is warm enough to swim! It is cheaper and less touristy than Venice, which is only a two hour boat ride away across the Adriatic channel. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

 

 

 

A Weekend in Belgium!

fullsizeoutput_54c9.jpgHey friends! How are you? I spent the weekend exploring Belgium for the first time. And believe me, I ate my fare share of waffles, french fries and chocolate. I was blown away by how beautiful Belgium is. The architecture is so whimsical and unique. Everywhere I turned there was a stunning cathedral or canal or courthouse. We went to Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp. I hadn’t heard that much about Ghent, but honestly it was one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to. Every street is filled with adorable shops. The whole country smells like sugary waffle dough! Below are a few photos if you’d like to see.fullsizeoutput_54c8.jpgWe were lucky to get a few hours of glorious sunshine.fullsizeoutput_54bf.jpgfullsizeoutput_54c0.jpgfullsizeoutput_54c1.jpgThe main town square. Everyone rode bikes 🙂fullsizeoutput_54c2.jpgJust like Venice except less touristy and much cheaper!fullsizeoutput_54c3.jpgYou know I blew most of my budget on these bad boys 🙂fullsizeoutput_54c4.jpgfullsizeoutput_54ca.jpgfullsizeoutput_54cb.jpgThe view from the top of the castle!fullsizeoutput_54cc.jpgNext we went to the small, medieval town of Bruges, which blew my mind. Every street oozes with charm!fullsizeoutput_54cd.jpgfullsizeoutput_54ce.jpgfullsizeoutput_54cf.jpgfullsizeoutput_54d1.jpgfullsizeoutput_54d2.jpgfullsizeoutput_54d3.jpgfullsizeoutput_54d4.jpgOne last story. We were taking the train to Brussels, where we would switch stations and then take a bus home. I left my camera on the train. I was devastated when I realized about 20 minutes later as we walked to the other station. It is one of the only physical objects I own that really means something special to me. It is my hobby and creative outlet and I can’t afford another one right now. So I decided to go to the travel center at the station we were leaving from. Mind you, this was a different station than the one my train arrived into. And I asked just in case. The lady disappeared into the back and reappeared five minutes later WITH MY CAMERA. I almost cried. It was a modern day miracle. I thank God for the person who reported it and turned it in. It’s like God was saying, “Nope, I’m not going to let this happen to you today, Micah, because I know how much you love photography!”

Miracles do happen, people!!! I still smile every time I look at my camera now 🙂

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!

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!