The Practice of Remembering

Around the corner from our flat in front of another door, just in front of the door lies this golden block… Last January when I came for a visit, Ana and I went on a street art tour and these golden blocks were pointed out to us in that neighborhood. Our tour guide told us…

Standing in the middle of seven Italians…

This morning was full of some thoughts and here are some for you… I left the flat early this morning, walking about 15 minutes away through my neighborhood to take care of a little mini dachshund by the name of Bagel. He is still quite the puppy at 5 months and just super cute. While…

First day of school take 3….

Here is a celebration in this new land!  I completed a level of intensive language training!  Hooray!  On Sept. 26th so just two weeks ago today, I completed level A2.1 in German after four weeks of all morning study and learning. I talked just a little bit about this last week in my post.  …

Snippets from the week here

As I sit here thinking of what to write so many ideas swirl through my brain and while some will expand into a full post there are some that just pop up and out and around and perhaps they are helpful or just part of the whole…. 1. A week ago from today I finished…

You do you

Yesterday after language school, our instructor and I went to grab some lunch. In the rest of her life she is a religious studies/philosophy PhD student and we had been wanting to chat about life and theology so we decided that yesterday was the day.  She is German by origin but has lived in the…

And sometimes plans change.

As we inched through this last week, I built up big plans for the weekend.  We had little actually scheduled which is always a blank palette for me and my many options.  Sometimes living in Berlin is a constant juggle between wanting to do all the things and explore all the places, travel to other…

Let’s talk about work.

When I moved to Berlin, I took a big leap in the career category which took months of discernment and prayer and thoughtful consideration. I didn’t just take the leap lightly.  I talked with my therapist and trusted friends and processed over and over with Ana.  Ana and I had decided that perhaps it was…

Leaving the realm of tourist into the realm of Expat…

I was having coffee with what is becoming a good friend the other day and we were talking about what next.  We became friends because she lives just two floors directly about us, she is American living here, and a lesbian as well.  Plus when we met we just totally hit it off and over…

The Walk to School

From Monday to Thursday, I leave our flat between 10:10 and 10:15 in the morning to walk, a 12ish minute walk, for my 10:30am language school class.  I bought a bike about a month ago from a college student leaving Berlin so I have that option as well. At first I thought I would ride…

We are all learning here

Thursday was a long but kind of amazing day because of a number of reasons that I will get into.  My day started as it has for the last couple of days this past week.  I got up bright and early and studied German for a few hours before heading off to school.  I am…