Back in the studio

Yesterday I was so excited to return, after a few months away, to a pottery studio. I took a beginning wheel class across the city for 6 weeks a while ago and have been looking for a studio closer to home with another beginners class to try the studio and learn from another teacher to…

Space

Yesterday after nannying I had a meeting across town.  I got off a little early and then this magical thing happened where I happened to hit every part of the public transit system just right.  I got directly on the bus and then walked onto the Sbahn and then walked directly on the Ubahn I…

Leaning in

I am fully immersed into the first week of classes at my new University, Freie Universitat or FU as everyone around here calls it…yes, FU, you read correctly.  I still chuckle when I hear it out loud. I am learning at a rapid pace about the things I didn’t know, the expectations and just becauses…

Reasons I didn’t go to church yesterday….

I did not go to church yesterday and I got to thinking about it. I love church. I see value in church and community building. I need worship in my life.  I am an ordained elder in the UMC and have dedicated much of my life to church and building the kingdom of God here….

A shift

Orientation day started in the basement of the John F. Kennedy Institute where I will be spending a big portion of my life starting next week. There is a little student run coffee shop and we were promised a bit of breakfast.  I was counting on coffee and I wasn’t disappointed (breakfast was a generous…

Going back to school…

  In part to get a new visa that expands my choices and opportunities and in part to expand my horizons and feel as though I am doing something worthwhile while in Berlin, I have returned to school.  I have enrolled in the Masters of North American Studies program at the JFK Institute at Freie…

Personal Space

One thing that I have noticed and at times struggled with here is the loss of space.  I moved from Portland, OR where there are wide sidewalks and lots of open air.  People leave a bubble between one another and rarely is that burst. I also moved from an apartment that I shared with one…

I could give that tour!

It’s official! I have memorized the Berlin Free Walking tour.  I need to work on my memorization of dates but I have the general stops and good stories down cold.  Ana’s sister is in town so we went on the tour (this is like the 3rd time for me and first for Ana) on Saturday. …

It’s cold here!

Facebook has this feature that allows you to see what you posted in years past. I love it. I love to see the memories of last year, two years ago and up to 10 years ago that I posted. In some ways my life has drastically changed and yet I get to see threads of…

Testing…testing…1…2…12…

Since moving to Berlin and shaking up my world so much, I have tried to say yes to new experiences as much as possible. I am on leave from the UMC and am limited in how much I am supposed to do in that arena of work which frees me up to exploring so many…