When I was a kid, my mother always told me it would be difficult to find someone who could give me the kind of exciting, world wind lifestyle my father had provided for us. Because of his job in the Army we lived in Germany for nine years, and my parents made good use of the locale, taking us on trips all over Europe—from skiing in the Swiss Alps to hiking up Mount Vesuvius in Italy to watching Shakespeare on London’s stage.
Luckily, I’ve found a partner whose appetite for travel is as insatiable as my own. TH and I just keep taking off, and in the last four years we’ve adventured through Europe, Canada, Morocco, and Hawaii, and explored the new city’s we moved to, including Chicago and New York. And the journey is just beginning. Our next chapter has us fulfilling a dream of living in Europe; we’ve landed in Berlin! I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since I left Germany (after my sophomore year of high school), and coming back really feels like I’m coming full circle. I can’t wait to eat my belly full of German bakeries, beer, and bratwurst. I spent my first few hours here just wandering around Berlin, snapping a few photos, taking in all the sights and smells, and literally pinching myself.
Of course this means a lot of new changes are in store as well. We’ve come to another new city, with a whole new landscape of museums, restaurants, bars, and culture to discover. It also means learning a new language and finding a new path for success in the next chapter of our lives. But I couldn’t be more excited! Have a tip about Berlin? Send it my way! And expect to hear a lot more about Germany in the very near future!