“It’s like I am a baby that is learning how to go from crawling to walking”
At this point in my traveling journey, I am in Germany until December. This is a completely different change of pace from my one month of country-hopping around Europe. I am grateful for this much needed slow down, yet with settling down I face a great reality: I am no longer doing commercial tourism. While I was traveling rapidly, my American-ness was a little more acceptable. However, I am about to begin an internship with a German company and I currently live with a German. Sooo figuring out German culture seems only appropriate.
But with that being said, it is a struggle. For one, before I came to Germany I hardly had any recycling experience. The only time I recycled at a home was in Norway with my friend’s family. Secondly, taking off the shoes before you walk into a house still requires great mental consciousness for me. Third, getting used to German mannerisms has been very difficult. The truth is people here just aren’t as friendly as in Texas at a first glance.
These are just to name a few humorous struggles. Honestly, I joyfully take the challenges that being in a foreign culture has. I realize the privilege I have to expand knowledge for the world around me. Germany is much different than Texas. I thrive off of a change in the environment, and this is something I have never experienced before. I am relearning how to walk again and I know eventually I will get there. But for now, I will pleasure in my crawling.
I have had my Dorothy moment:
I’m not in Texas anymore.
Here is a picture of my very German birthday.