Greetings, all. The blog I have long promised is up and running. This will be where you can read and see all about our adventures in Germany.
Let’s recap. We are moving to Freiburg, Germany because Dan is doing a lecturer exchange between Purdue and Albert Ludwig University in Germany. Though he is a German teacher, he will teach English in Freiburg. He’ll run the writing lab there established earlier by another Purdue grad.
Me? I hope to tutor English and maybe teach piano lessons, too. I am seriously considering pursuing a grad degree in music when we come back to the states. But, I need to really brush up on technique and revive my repertoire. I hope to take advanced piano lessons (maybe organ, too) again once we are settled in Freiburg. I also plan to do some freelance writing and/or reporting. I’m hoping NPR will get desperate for an ex-pat stringer with a flash recorder. Other than these serious pursuits, I will spend a good deal of time walking, watching, making new friends, sipping coffee, working on my German, and maybe writing some songs for singin’. Maybe pluck on my banjo, too.
Now, let me tell you a bit about the lovely city of Freiburg. It’s a bustling university city in the southwest region of Germany. It sits just near the Black Forest where I am sure we will do some hiking and picnicking. We will actually live in Gundelfingen–a quaint township on the outskirts of Freiburg. We have a lovely apartment there. It’s just a few blocks distance from the butcher, pharmacy, cafes, and more.
Right now, it’s the night before we leave, and we are still packing. Airlines have this thing about luggage dimensions. Well, I have a thing about bringing my cute brown boots to Germany with me. We’re working on it.
Really, I hope to live a very simple life in Germany with fewer materialistic things to distract me and more doing and going rather than sitting. Now that I am released from the office-dungeon life, I intend to really find my path. I need to get my mojo back. I’ve lost a good bit of it in the last few years–where is the girl that once jumped out of an airplane at 4,000 feet? I guess being the owner of a full and loved heart rather than a lonely one has tamed my daring side a bit. Something about that settles you, and it’s a good kind of settling. I think that daring side has also fallen victim a bit to my nearing 30. That whole maturity thing. I miss being young and a little stupid sometimes. But, I still hold on to my sense of adventure, and I found a guy who has one, too. I’m just a little less daring than before. But, this also means fewer embarrassing moments and no gimpy leg from hitting the ground too hard. That’s okay, really.
So, we depart on our adventure tomorrow. We’ll fly out of Louisville at 4 p.m. We have a layover in Chicago before we go on to Frankfurt. From there, we’ll take a train to Freiburg and arrive Tuesday afternoon. It will be a long day within two.
I’ll blog later in the week about how things are going. I’ve got pics running on my Flickr stream at the bottom right on this page. I’ll keep it updated.