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“The time has come” the walrus said…
June 1, 2010, 4:42 pm
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Liebe Alle,

It has been quite some time since I last updated, and it will probably be quite some time before I update again. In fact, you probably won’t hear from me until after I get back to the states.

Life in Hamburg is going  beyond swimmingly. Last semester, though over all great, was difficult. People were hard to get to know, my german was mediocre, and it was cold cold cold wet wet wet and dark dark dark. Then I discovered couchsurfing, got to know people (albeit superficially) and learned german. My level of german is still not where i’d hoped, but I feel like it improves significantly with every small trip I take. And the last family I stayed with said they thought i’d lose my accent after living here another year. Others insist it will never go away. And still others insist I really must be french.

Now, with 2 months left, I find that I don’t even try to connect with people anymore, which could  be ridiculously awful, except I just don’t feel the need. Connections don’t just happen, but you also can’t force them. I’m fond of my tandem partner, there are some cool people on my floor, but there isn’t really anyone I’ll miss. People I’d love to see again, sure, but what I’ve really gotten out of this year abroad is a clear understanding of everything I’ve done incorrectly (in terms of friends etc), and everything I’d do differently in the future. I really do feel that, when I come back, I’ll be able to do everything 10 times more quickly. Make friends, travel, complete study plans, all because I did it so slowly before. It isn’t *really* that I did anything wrong, just that it takes a while to achieve a sense of place. I didn’t waste time, it just took a while to figure out how I wanted to give my time here meaning. And I’m so excited to go back to the US, engage in countless dance parties, do all the mcmenamin’s things you can only do after 21, and prepare for coming back to Germany in order to pursue all the little beginnings I made during my stay here. Such as? Hopefully working at the Alfred Wegener Institut on Sylt studying sediment transport (tidal flats and/or dunes), eco-tourism, and environmental education. (and then I’m thinking an apprenticeship at a sustainable winery somewhere in Rheinland-Pfalz).

Rheinland-Pfalz, second only to Ostfriesland, is my new favorite place in all of Deutschland. Last week, personally known as Abenteuerwoche, but more commonly known as Pentecost, I adventured to the small town (6,000 people) of Traben-Trarbach in order to drink famous wine, dance to crappy music, swim in the mosel, and sleep in the cold. There’s another camp in Vienna this weekend, and if it weren’t for my responsible (or rather school oriented) nature, I wouldn’t have even considered missing it. I’m hoping that the year after next (when I plan on living in Germany) I’ll be able to attend some of the camps I missed out on this year.

aka poorly cooked food. that's in now, right?

Our tent neighbors, plus random guy who does web design for ngos in the netherlands.

i think

The cute wine town we camped above

View of Mosel River Valley

postcards from italy?

Before we discovered the ticks...

A face you could eat

Mosel

Late night eatings

Our hike the second to last day

yes, people did bring their ukeleles/guitars/melodicas on our +8km hike

View of shore during our boat ride back to t-t

As you can tell, I didn’t take any of these pictures myself, and the ones Liz took didn’t turn out, so I stole these from various Mont Royal Summer Camp photo pages. A lot of the people pictured frequent these sorts of camps, so i’ll (hopefully) see most of them again.

I then went to Sweden, where I attended a Eurovision party, witnessed Germany win, was assured that Germany would be a week long party as a result, and was sorely disappointed upon my return. I have decided that, nice though Sweden is, it also isn’t my country. Next stop (in the plans that live in my head) Sweden’s west coast, and then Norway. I will find my country eventually!

Now I really must be off to read about color, brecht, and le mepris (godard). Fun times.

Over and out until i don’t know when

kassia