Monthly Archives: March 2014

“Whoops! looks like we are in Austria!”

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While cruising through the Bavarian country side yesterday, my dear friend Kerstin explained… “Oh! Looks like we are now in Austria”.

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I started laughing because it all just seemed too simple to be true. What a fun surprise, not only did I explore Southern Germany this past weekend but I also got the chance to hop on over and have lunch in Austria. We ate at a restaurant that has a terrace overlooking the Alps. I swear the mountains were so close that I felt like if I just reached my hand out, then I could touch them. As we ate, soaking up the sun’s warm rays we had the chance to watch on as people para glided over the Alps. From where we sat, we could see snow still on the ground below us and capping the mountains, but from where we were it was too warm to even have a jacket on.

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I have always imagined the Alps to be breathtaking, but I never could have imagined just how breathtaking they truly are! I felt alive with a renewed sense of energy as we sat there, eating, chatting, soaking up the warm and taking in all the wondrous natural beauty that surrounded us.

What a wonderful surprise it was to have driven on over into Austria!

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
-Alan Watts

Life can be full of continuous change.This of course is not the case for everyone, but may be for some and I know it is true for me. I live a life that is full of new beginnings, new twists and turns. Some moments are very challenging and others feel too easy to be true.

As a result of it all I have grown into the person that I am today – one who is not as shy as I once was, one who embraces new opportunities and challenges with an open mind, one who has friends all over the USA and world, one who is able to adapt to a new surrounding and situation, one who is willing to challenge what is presented as true, one who is confident enough to stand up for what I believe in … I am me, a passionate, strong, loving, daring and of course, as is human, a flawed individual because I chose to not let change overwhelm me… Instead I chose to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.

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Trip- wilderness- ecology … Balance

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Trip- a journey beyond the beginning of time-space shows me the path to the future.

Wilderness- the place where civilization is forgotten, where man forgets himself.

Ecology- the force of nature sustains us. Bask in nature, return to nature.

— I read these three quotes in the Design Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. When I went the museum was showcasing an exhibit of Japanese poster art. In Japan- posters are not as in the Western world. They are not on huge billboards or on the sides of buildings, instead they are inside houses, cafes, stores etc. Instead of bombarding everyone with information outside as they are perhaps on the go, the Japanese display their posters in a more intimate manner which allows for the viewer to read more, interpret more and spend more time understanding and interpreting the meaning of the work. This way of representation- indoors- also allows the artist space to be more intricate and meaningful about what it is that he wants his art to portray. I found the posters at the museum amazing and I loved every moment that I spent there.
The three above quotes stuck out to me because I believe that they speak of some of the most important aspects of human life …. and the most beneficial ways in which humanity and nature best interact and naturally function… We are natural beings. The world is a natural phenomenon . What we as humans choose to do with the world and our lives is not always best. I think it is important to remember the balance between man and nature.
– the day after going to this museum I hiked up a mountain with some friends and stayed at the top until sunset. There at the top of the fire tower on top of the mountain my friends and I together watched as the sun set over the Alps casting gorgeous shades of violet, orange, red and yellow over the mountains… On the other side we were able to see the city light up artificially as house lights turned on and street lamps lit the way.
To one side nothing but natural beauty laid before us, to the other side the beautiful energy of a city was on display. It was a view that I will not soon forget.

That hike provided us all with a moment of escape from the city. It was restorative, energizing and fun. I love living in a city, but also crave the connection to natural beauty that comes from a good day lost in nature. Balance – I believe – is one of the most important things in our lives to maintain. Hiking restored the balance for me that day. 🙂

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

It is a poem that can be felt in the renewed freshness found in a morning breeze

heard through the songs of the birds all day long 

felt through the warmth of the radiating sun

… Where else is it that Spring speaks to you? 

“It is spring a…

As I run…

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I prefer sprinting over long-distance running, but on days like today where the sun is out, the birds are singing, people are out riding bikes, catching frisbees, chatting the day away… on days like this I could just keep on running and soaking it all in.
… Today’s forecast: Sunny, mid-60’s with a guarantee of happiness 🙂

– As I left my apartment today… here is the view that I saw:

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not a cloud in the sky… as I continued my run I encountered a part of the Berlin Wall that has been placed along side of the road as a reminder of the past. I have run past this many times before now, but today I decided to stop and take a picture so that I could share it with you all …

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I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and hopefully tastes of Spring will start to blossom everywhere =)

 

Spring is in the Air!

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After a week of cloudy, overcast weather I was very happy to see the sun come out today! Planning on attending a talk about the NSA and Edward Snowden today, a friend and I got on the train down to Wannsee, only to learn that I had mixed up locations. So, you guessed it, we successfully missed the talk and while I bet that I would have liked the talk, I really enjoyed the views that Wannsee has to offer and the chance to soak up the sun. 

Later on today, after having to stay indoors to work on scholarship applications, I went for a run near where I live. I ran past a piece of the Berlin wall that is standing as a memorial, I ran past open fields and through woods, all with the sun beating down and me and a crisp breeze helping me along. As I was running through the trails in the wooded park, I noticed how the park was alive in song. Up in the trees were tons of birds singing and talking to another. Not wanting to let that moment get away from me, I stopped running, closed my eyes and just listened. I focused on my heart beat and my breathing as I listened to the sounds that were all around me and as I felt the warmth of the sun hitting my face. It was a calm and blissful moment for me. While I love the city and the energy that comes with it, I always enjoy escaping into the nature every once in a while. I find it to be such a restoring and energizing experience. 

While my family back in the States is still in the midst of winter with moments of spring-like warmth mixed in, I am grateful to be experiencing the full throws of the beginning of Spring… looking forward to more warmth filled, sunny days ahead 🙂