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 😮

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!

A morning with the little ladies

fullsizeoutput_3c8b^”Finding Nemo” is the sun and the moon in this little girl’s worldfullsizeoutput_3c8cfullsizeoutput_3c8efullsizeoutput_3c90fullsizeoutput_3c91fullsizeoutput_3c92^She took this photo of me with crazy shadows on my face– she’s got an eye for art!fullsizeoutput_3c93^Start ’em youngfullsizeoutput_3c95^We love our teddy bearsfullsizeoutput_3c97^Pi tattoos because, why not?fullsizeoutput_3c99IMG_4808fullsizeoutput_3c9a^Someone put on just a tad too much sunscreen…fullsizeoutput_3c9b^Those “Peanuts” shoes kill me. They really do.fullsizeoutput_3c9d^I got a work out pulling these two around in the cart all dayfullsizeoutput_3c9f^K bye…fullsizeoutput_3ca0fullsizeoutput_3ca3^What a beautyfullsizeoutput_3ca4fullsizeoutput_3ca5^I want a pairfullsizeoutput_3ca6^Good night, sleep tightfullsizeoutput_3ca7

My Summer Plans

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As you may know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I am completely and utterly obsessed with Germany. I spent all last school year studying in Heidelberg, Germany, then stayed for the summer to work as an Au Pair and youth intern in Hildesheim, Germany. I’ve since continued studying the language this year with my German minor, and my passion for the country and its people has only continued to grow.

So…I’ve decided to return this summer! I will be interning with a church in Frankfurt called MosaikKirche. They work quite a bit with refugees and immigrants in the city as well as children, youth and young adults. I will be partnering with them in all of these areas– teaching basic German and English, preparing sunday school lessons, planning summer events, etc. I can’t wait! My grandpa lives just outside Frankfurt so I will have the chance to see him a few times, as well as to visit my friends in Heidelberg and Hildesheim. But perhaps the part I’m most excited about is that on my flight home I have a two day layover in Iceland! I have always dreamed of exploring this magic little island, and now’s my chance!

I leave May 24th–just three short weeks away! There’s a lot to do between now and then, but I feel so blessed and confident that this is where I’m called to serve this summer. And of course I’ll be blogging through out the whole experience, so stay tuned!

Happy Weekend!

IMG_9195.JPGHey friends, how was your weekend? Early Saturday morning I participated in Pepperdine’s annual Step Forward Day, an initiative to mobilize students and send them out in the community to serve. My group painted a Boys and Girls club in a nearby town, which I thoroughly enjoyed, although it was tiering work! Saturday evening I worked as an usher for a show at campus theater, specifically a Benefit concert for Syrian refugees. The pianist who performed was only nineteen and was one of the youngest people ever admitted to Julliard! What have I been doing with my life for the past twenty years? I’m way behind! 🙂

Sunday has been filled with little errands, homework, and Netflix. I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so I’m trying to rest up before a busy week. I’m rushing for a sorority, which will be time consuming but fun!

How was your weekend? Do you have any fun plans for the days ahead? See you back here soon friends.

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