Archive for January 2014

Dia:Beacon

Okay okay okay I know I am pretty much the worst blogger ever but in an effort to be more realistic, my new goal is just to post once a week. Which I can manage. Right? Probably.

These pictures are of the beautiful Dia:Beacon, a Nabisco-factory-turned-art-museum in - you guessed it - Beacon, New York, which I was very happy to be dragged to by my architect boyfriend. Seriously, though, the lighting at this place was so perfect I didn't even have to edit these photos except to amp up the brightness on a few of them. That's all natural beauty right there. I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area, or even if you're not that in the area - very easily accessible by Metro-North train.

If it's actually of any interest to anyone, I have a very good excuse as to why I haven't been posting: I totally kind of have a life now! Awesome, right? To the point where yesterday my inner introvert started getting a little suicidal at the prospect of more socializing and I had to turn down all the invites and retire to my lonesome apartment to watch some crappy television all on my lonesome. But German classes are up and running, I've registered my residency, I am kind of making friends and I've been running like a cat from water - ey? Ey? German life here I come!

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snow day & running goals

Things are good so far back in Mainz, jetlag's had me down but the chocolate's got me back up again. My current life hurdle is that I really need to go to the Bürgeramt and register my residency, but our lease seems to have magically disappeared into the messy abyss of an apartment I returned to. Which is particularly key because I need to register my residency to go ahead and apply for a visa. Which is also key because otherwise I can't legally stay here. Which is key because.... well, if that happens, no more cheap Ritter Sport for me! -i.e. FML.

On the bright side, the weather - clocking in regularly at 1-3 degrees Celsius - seems fantastically warm in comparison to the frigid temperatures I was trying not to experience in NY by hiding in bed and four layers of socks, which means I've got myself a running schedule up and running (har har har that was an accident I swear) because - assuming I am still legally in this country on May 11 - I have decided I am going to run half the Mainz Gutenberg Marathon. How hard can it be, right?

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NYC under snow

snow quotes william shakespeare nyc new york city snow new york city snow new york city snow new york city snow new york city It had literally been years since I last saw snow when we got dumped on last week and New York City magically transformed into an eerily silent winter wonderland. Followed shortly thereafter, of course, by the less-than-magical sludge! which is when these shots were taken - in those in-between moments where I was both managing to keep my balance on the ice and not already on my a**. Thank heavens for young bones!

But today is the day I head back to the land of beer and bratwurst, the former of which I am looking forward to and the latter of which has me pretty seriously considering vegetarianism*. I'm pretty glad to be going back, but a little nervous about arriving as I've almost used up my tourist visa for this six-month stint and I don't know how long it's going to take for me to push another one through. I'm also slightly concerned that my suitcase is shaping up to be heavier than 23 kg - the only time you'll ever hear me say "damn you winter knits!".

Next time you hear from me it'll be from the other side of the Atlantic! In the meantime, lovely weekend to all! :)


*by which I mean pescatarianism, because I just don't think I can give up sashimi and ceviche.

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egads it's 2014 & year in review

I am officially back and eek! It's a totally different year already. And I'm already a week behind the seemingly traditional "year in review" post, but I'm lazy so you just get this lame picture I took last week of the cardinal that lives in my parents' backyard (although he is really very photogenic).

My life this past year has been pretty purely awesome - sure, I get bummed sometimes (read: bored), but it's only because hip-hop music videos have given me unrealistic expectations of how much boat-time and swag I need to be badass.

But in 2013, I got to go back to Patagonia and spend time with my amazing Argentinian host family. I got to sample hip cafes in São Paulo, do Carnaval in Rio, and have caipirinhas on a boat in Paraty. I shaved my head. I spent a week camping with awful fire ants and watching sunrises on the beach in Puerto Rico, I got to spend one last summer partying with all my college besties in New Orleans, and I got to start a terrifying new life in Germany and eat tons of authentic bratwurst (which has me mostly convinced I should seriously consider vegetarianism). I started properly running. I got my very own DSLR and then took my very own photos in Philly and Boston. I went on picnics, and ate at fancy restaurants, and caught up with old high school friends. I roadtripped! I ate cake. I went to Paris and spent way too much on cappuccinos. I saw snow for the first time in years and I finally fulfilled my dream of going to a German Christmas market - actually I went so much I got sick of them - and oh my god if I ever complain about anything ever again somebody please slap me.

Dude(s & dudettes) I swear I didn't even mean to brag or anything, but I've just realized I'm such a lucky little brat I can't even talk about my regular life without sounding like I'm bragging. But I know none of it would have been nearly as amazing if it hadn't been for all the incredible people that are in my life, and all the incredible people I've met along the way.

Oh gawsh, I didn't mean this to get all sentimental... but regular posting to resume soon, promise.

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