The season of pivoting

Ana and I left on Aug. 31st to set out on a grand adventure for the month of September. We started walking on Sept. 1st on the Via Regia/Jakobsweg/Ecumenical path aka the German Camino. Our plan was to walk for two weeks, close to 300 km through a large portion of East Germany. We started…

Today! We leave today!

In just a few hours we are headed out the door with our packed backs and big walking ambitions.  We will take the train today to Gorlitz and begin our walk tomorrow bright and early. Tomorrow is scheduled to be our biggest day and we hoping to walk about 35 km to our destination. For…

Jakobsweg Countdown: 2 days!

With just two days until we get on a train to Gorlitz, we are making our lists and our countdowns to what we need to do before we go.  In the midst of all of that, Ana and I have some things to celebrate.  This week was the last week of her job at her…

Jakobsweg/Via Regia Countdown: 5 days!

In just five days we will be on a train to our first destination and on Sept. 1st (in just 6 days) we will begin our great big walk.  You can see from the first map how our route feeds into the Camino de Santiago so in some ways we are still doing part of…

When I finally trust someone here to cut my hair….

Part of being in the midst of adaptations in COVID life is realizing that it may be a very long time before I get to go home to the United States.  We have tickets for December but more and more I am coming to the realization that that may not get to happen.  Or it…

Preaching two sermons on Zoom is still preaching two sermons

A few weeks ago I was talking with my therapist online about how useless I was feeling being so far away from Oregon at a time like this.  I really can’t travel home in the foreseeable future unless there was some sort of emergency, and from over here I was watching the protests and my…

The process of kita

Today is Friday and for the first time in Corona the days are decidedly marked and I am so excited its Friday.  For the first time in a long time I am in the work rhythm of the “normal” work week. Why? You ask! For this week and next I am working with one of…

Via Regia Countdown – 10 days!!! Wow!

We have our train tickets to Gorlitz, a two hour train ride away and I have made reservations in every town we plan on stopping in except for one for the 15 days we plan on walking.  We have our gear and are buying our last minute travel items although we know that each town…

Some days are just different

Yesterday I had big plans. I had been planning this particular day for a whole week or so.  My therapist suggested that I try to take a few days to myself somewhere in the near future.  I had been searching different places to go and different things to do but found myself just getting overwhelmed…

Another Sunday

My Facebook memories (you know, that little tab on the side that brings back alllll sorts of memories of what you have posted over the past 10 years or so) tells me that a year ago I was preaching at the American Church in Berlin for both services.  I remember this day. I preached about…