Somehow, it’s just been 18 days since the New Year. Already, there have been so many so many changes and differences that fundamentally distinguish it from 2015. This is first year I have begun my full New Year in a foreign country, and it’s been such an incredible experience to implement change abroad. Attending my local gym in Berlin is no longer just about lifting weights and cardio, because there’s a sauna… And that’s the motivating factor in going as opposed to actual activity. In more exciting news, I moved into my first flat-share in Berlin! It’s only been two days, but I already feel so comfortable in this small flat for two in Friedrichshain (It, of course, helps that it’s much closer to everything Berlin, especially my yoga studio). Even cooler? My new flat-mate is a vegan/vegetarian, which means I get to cook vegetables all the time now! I am so incredibly pumped to make some menus (which of course I will post) and start off the new year as healthily as possible. Surely there’s some awesome Pinterest recipes I can finally start making now!
I started courses online at UMass Amherst for a Certificate in Journalism, which if all goes according to plan, I will finish by the end of August 2016. It’s amazing what motivation comes when there’s nothing to do. I’ve also restarted my Russian learning. So yeah, let’s hope that this doesn’t all come to a head once work starts… but pressure seems to be my motivator – so I have high hopes for myself (as always).
This week has also been (crazily) the week that I received my Virginia Democratic Primary Ballot for March 1. I haven’t decided whether I will vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, but just having the PDF in my email makes me so excited because who doesn’t love political participation? My task for this week: Figure out whether I want to feel the Bern or go forward for Hillary. As I’m avoiding having to do actual political research on the candidates, I’ve been listening on Audible to Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade. As you can expect, it’s so thrilling! I finally started reading Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link, a collection of short stories as well. Podcast-wise: I’m attempting Bloomberg’s newest Political Caucus, and I’ll report back on how it goes next week.
You saw last week I went to Prague during the weekend and… as expected, it was an absolute blast and I remembered why it’s probably in my Top 10 cities worldwide. This week, I’m headed to Frankfurt for my program’s mid-year conference and for the weekend, a quick getaway to Gdansk with a friend of mine. Where’s Gdansk, you ask? Poland, of course. It should be (again) perfectly great, even if it’s supposed to reach -20C at some point this week. That’s all from me this week – but what have you all been up to?