“I don’t know.” That’s probably the most common phrase to have come out of my mouth these past two and a half months. Whether I’m talking about a type of equipment at work that’s in my manual, where a particular restaurant is located (or even which restaurants are a must), where I would be living … Continue reading A Planner’s Worst Nightmare
“The way you got to a place is probably not the way you’ll get home.” My manager was offering me some advice on navigating the streets of Pittsburgh. And having spent the past two weeks trying to figure out side streets, stoplights and shortcuts, I believe he’s right. Going back down that one way street … Continue reading Pittsburgh Ponderings
“I’m just drooling.” I hate to break it to you, but if you’ve ever said that to an employee in a candy store and thought you were being original, well…you’re not. The phrase probably has an average of five times per shift, making it just one of the many regularities found in a candy store. … Continue reading Candy Store Shenanigans
“On Fridays, the flannel family rides the ferry to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.” Both of my sisters were home for the weekend, and following my brother’s suggestion, we had just arrived at the local pumpkin patch across the river. Naturally, before we could select our pumpkin, we decided to find our … Continue reading Twisting and Turning Expectations
“Room service!” Shortly after the above exclamation, you can expect to see a pulley ring dangling in front of you, waiting for you to “tweezle in” and move to the next element. At least, that’s what you can expect when you’re in the middle of a ropes course with my family. Like any close knit … Continue reading Ready, Set, Wait?
“We have a socialist system of candles in the basement. It works because there are two of us, and we both contribute.” During the cold winter months, my roommate and I decided there was nothing better than coming back to our room lit up with a strand of Christmas lights, striking match to light an … Continue reading It’s “See you later,” not “Goodbye.”
“Do you miss studying abroad?” Munich? You bet! I miss it all: the U-Bahn, the Brezen, the gelato, walking through the city streets, hiking in the Alps, the coffee shops, hearing German spoken everywhere, and even living in my tiny little apartment in StuStadt, but most of all, I miss the people. I miss the … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Study Abroad Student’s Tale