Dancing at the door

I got up this morning determined to write about something totally different, which I still might but this thing happens every weekday that I just MUST tell you about because it delights me so. On one side of our flat, we face the sea and we open up all the windows to hear and see…

A different kind of Sunday

I am an early riser by nature. I always have been.  I was usually one of the first ones up in my home growing up and my Dad called me perky in the morning.  When I wake up, I am up and ready to go.  I am with someone who is not an early riser,…

Returning to Spain

In May of 2017, I waded into the Atlantic Ocean after walking across the Northern Spain for 36 days with 2 days of rest and after 800ish km or 500 miles.  To be walking and discerning and in Spain for that long was a dream. It cultivated who I am today, reminded me of who…

In anticipation from far far away…

On Thursday, Nov. 6th, early in the morning, Ana and I boarded a plane to Malaga. We both have just packed backpacks and sublet our apartment for the entire month of November. We booked another flat in La Herradura in the Andalucia region of Spain on the Southern Coast. We flew for three hours and…

The Expat search for newness

“I think I came to Berlin to just try to find a better me.  For new life,” she said. This is something I have been hearing a lot of lately and variations on it. “I left Italy to come to Berlin to search for something new.” “I came because I needed something different in my…

This is my zoo

We were sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops just around the corner from my place. My new friend E and I had decided to hang out for the second time to just process and catch up.  This means, the realm of making new friends, this is about the time you talk about where…

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…