“I’m going to appreciate every one of those positive degrees.” It was Sunday morning, and the temperature outside was approximately 5°F. Which sounds bitterly cold, but the day before we had been skiing in -5°F with a wind chill factor that felt like -17°F. Needless to say, we lasted a little longer on the slopes … Continue reading Facing the Reality of Winter
“So if it’s 635 feet long and travels at six miles per hour, then the ride takes how long?” One of the more popular Pittsburgh attractions is a trolley ride up the side of Mt. Washington that provides a scenic view of downtown. Actually, there are two such inclines, but my family was discussing whether … Continue reading Pinch Me, I Must be Dreaming.
“Well I guess we’ll just have to wait here for the next hour and a half.” Not that it was a bad wait by any means. The six of us had just finished hiking Jochberg, a 1565-meter peak that overlooks two lakes and offers an impressive view of the nearby Alps. After this steep, but … Continue reading Hiking Out of My Comfort Zone
“Es gibt Kinder, deswegen müssen wir warten.” (“We have to wait because there are kids around.”) My conversation partner and I were walking around Munich, enjoying the lovely weather, and had just come to a crosswalk. Although pedestrian signal was red, there were no cars coming (so we could have safely crossed) but Lisa explained … Continue reading Sunny Days, Sunny Smiles
“PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA!” My friends and I burst out of my room and skipped down the hall to go check on our hausgemachte (homemade) pizza we were baking that afternoon while relaxing and watching Netflix together. One of my hall mates happened to see us and shook his head at our crazy excitement. My hall … Continue reading International Inferences
“Do y’all know how they mow the grass in the English Garden?” On this particular Monday evening, several of us were hanging out and eating delicious crepes (many thanks to Amanda for her hospitality). Amidst the laughter and impersonations (of each other), one of my friends pulled out her iPod and showed us pictures from … Continue reading It’s the Little Things in Life
“I have two decks of cards if anyone wants to play…” My new friends have learned quickly that I love to play card games. Fortunately for me, many of them like to play, too. We’ve spent a lot of time this past week teaching each other new games and laughing through multiple rounds of Mafia--including … Continue reading Card Games and Cultural Communication
"A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change." --Katharine Butler Hathway I’m sitting here eating a bowl of rice. Nothing fancy, but I figured it would work for my third dinner … Continue reading New City, New Things