Four years ago today

On April 21, 2017 I started walking from the albergue (pilgrim hostel) into the Pyrenees to begin my journey on the Camino De Santiago. I headed out to start 800 km (500 miles) on the most popular part of the Camino, the Camino Frances. I had read for years and prepared myself but for some…

Lockdown week 25

We have surpassed the six month mark in the continuing lockdown with news last week that it would be extended until May 9th. More and more I am coming to the realization I may just have to turn 40 in Berlin. We shall see. I am pretty determined to not be in this apartment for…

Spargelzeit around here

It is that time of year in Germany when you see it at every grocery store and market stand. It will happen quickly, this part of the season, but it is a lovely sight to see after a long season. Yes, I am talking about Spargelzeit or Asparagus season. Asparagus here is celebrated. The most…

Lockdown week 24

On Friday night Ana excitedly announced, “I’m making crepes in the morning!” Our dear friends had brought us a little flat of strawberries so of course this was the only correct way to make sure to eat them up and appreciate them on Saturday. We have never made crepes so I helped to find a…

Assimilations

It was around noon yesterday when I decided I need to make myself some lunch. I didn’t know what we had around off the top of my head and even dreamt for a moment of being extravagant and ordering something for lunch but I remembered we probably had things to eat. So I meandered into…

Dreaming of the Camino

Four years ago around now I was preparing to end my time at the church I was working at and then a few days later begin my journey on the Camino that would eventually bring me to this place here and now. I was collecting the things I needed for this grand walk and I…

As I write….

As I sit down to blog this morning, the snow is falling again. It moves rapidly, almost sideways as I sit near by to write about how Easter season is going so far. But this feels like the perfect example of how it is going so far. In my window sill I am propagating seeds….

Happy Easter (and lockdown week 23)!

The Easter season has begun! Starting today we get 50 days of Easter, a season of new life, resurrection and hope. Yesterday our friends Petra and Nevena came over. Under the current restrictions, we can have two households and up to 5 people in the same place. That all changes tomorrow with stricter restrictions beginning…

Lockdown Week 22

This week has been full of birthdays and trying to dwell on small delights. First the bad news in lockdown land…. After the heads of state and all of the important people met for 6ish hours on Saturday, there are more restrictions going into places of Wednesday. These are things that are confusing and not…

Spring is here – lockdown week 21

We made the most of this week around here as we tiptoed into Spring. We soaked up moments of sun as we yearn for more of it, took our time to contemplate and walk with new little purple crocuses and managed to enjoy the days. I even got a haircut! Hairdressers had been closed since…