From Germany, With Love

Language is a funny thing. Gerlinde, Dietmar, Martin and Jürgen are my current and gracious hosts in the small village of Talheim. Gerlinde and I have had so many conversations over breakfasts of pretzels and tea and long walks in vineyards and forests. Her favorite topic of conversation is language and the meaning of words.…

The Story of Bruges

I’ve fallen in love with a little city known as Bruges. It had been decided. I would take my plane ticket originally meant for teaching English in Barcelona and turn my plans into a one month European adventure. Where to start? A friend told me that she loved Belgium for it’s cobblestone streets and real…

Foreigner

My face gets hot, my heart begins to race and once again I feel very ignorant. I say ‘sorry’ in English, too afraid to make an attempt at a word, I know I will fail miserably. Growing all the more ashamed, I hang my head. Desperate to understand, eager to communicate, but too timid to…

France, Farms, And What I Loved

I realize I have promised you pictures, I need an extension on my promise. This time I will say, as soon as I can. Mariedal was truly lovely. I worked an average of 8 hours a day, but I was in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was an exhausting…

5 Trains Later

Yesterday was an adventure, though I would not have called it that myself until it was over. I arose to a beautiful sunrise over Sant Cugat and prepared for the journey ahead. ¨I’ve got this,¨ I thought, ¨Barcelona to Montpellier, Montpellier to Lyon, Lyon to Saint Rambert d’Albon. Arrive at 6pm. Everything will be just…

Things I´ve Learned in Barcelona

1. Always look up and around and down. Don´t get stuck in the straight ahead. 2. Spanish coffee is smooth and strong. 3. Don´t try to drink your coffee at another Cafe´s table. 4. If you walk into a bakery and it smells heavenly, go ahead and indulge. Don´t wait until the third day you´ve…