As we sat in the car watching the great German forests pass us by a few days ago on our way home from biking in Koblenz, my aunt asked me what were the biggest culture shocks I faced when first arriving here in Germany. It got me thinking, and although most of these things are […]Read more "Pet Peeves or Weird Things About Germany"
Pictures rarely do reality justice. How can a single snapshot capture the beauty of a seemingly everlasting moment? As I stare into the forest and see the thick trees silhouetted by the orange sun rays, the last whispers of a day soon to be known as history, I know that although I may feebly raise […]Read more "The Art of Reminiscing"
This year my English class read a very special novel called The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. The Reader is the story of a young man’s affair with an older woman in a summer of his youth, and the moral struggles he must face when he sees her on trial years later for working in a concentration camp. […]Read more "Learning from our mistakes? Maybe not."
The past few days have a been a whirlwind of activity, from fantasizing about the future to reminiscing about the past, I can barely remember all we’ve done in the past two days alone. Thursday we packed up the “party bus” in order to visit the University of Bonn and the Haus de Geschichte (House of History). […]Read more "“You HAVE to finish high school” – my Mother"
It is currently the sweltering depths of hell here in Germany, with temperatures in the 30s everyone is drowning in a pool of their own sweat. We did lots today, and I must give a forewarning to everyone that the post to follow this one will not be in any way condescended, but rather my […]Read more "Weather Report"
The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity – walks with the kids through the forests, my first “Döner” (which I still can’t say properly), catching up with long lost family and last but not least, an amazing hike to a real life fairytale castle. It’s been a solid 10 on the cool […]Read more "Castle Bound."
With strawberry blond hair, an everlasting smile, and “soulful” eyes Philline hobbles around the garden, pushing a wooden baby carriage. Today is her birthday, and streamers are scattered around the garden, Pios giggles in the pool, and her mother watches with her with contagious pride. Philline is now one year old, and when I arrive […]Read more "Fairytale villages, Mobile libraries, and Religious Revelations?"