Happy Fat Tuesday y’all! I will not be celebrating, as I did enough of that in Cologne this weekend and I think my body is a weeee bit close to shutting down. This cannot happen as I am heading to Madrid this weekend. I slept 9 glorious hours last night though, so recovery is going well. My shins are also oddly sore today though; I blame it on walking on all the cobblestone streets this weekend #EuropeProblems.
Lately, I’ve been having some major nostalgia. The Fasching (essentially German Mardi Gras) parade will be rolling through town shortly. It really makes me think about life here one year ago and how much has changed since then. Yes, I am still living in Germany, but this time last year I was with at least one of the six people in our group inseparable best friends every.single.day. Usually all of us were together. Today, two of us are left in Karlsruhe. It’s weird to think about and a bit sad sometimes. After having a little Skype date with two of the guys last night, it’s easy to look back and be sad that things aren’t the same. I miss always having plans. It wasn’t should we do anything tonight, but what time are we meeting. Every evening was filled with laughter and “did-you-really-just-say-that” moments. Anyways, I’ll stop thinking about the glory days because…
things are still great here, just in other ways. The parade goes on. I am still very happy here. Fasching today won’t be last year’s cheap-Sangria-fest, but I did just celebrate in the greatest way in Cologne and I do have a nice, warm view out the window of my own office. And I’m no longer spending more than I make. I have my own apartment. I’m traveling more. And most importantly, I have new friends I so adore, too. Happy, happy happy!
Anyhow, now that I’m done with that, this is what is happening outside my office window right now: distracting doesn’t even begin to describe the sounds of marching bands, announcers, and “Gangnam Style” filling the streets of Karlsruhe right now.
And mega congrats to my giveaway winner, Casey from We Took the Road Less Traveled!
Tomorrow hopefully I’ll have some photos from Karneval in Köln ready to share with y’all.