You have given me wings to explore new horizons, and home where my roots will always be.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


With my new host family I have been able to experience something pretty different for me, and that is art. When I say art I mean anywhere from music, dance, to paintings, sculptures, photos, etc. The whole family is very artistic, each with something different, so it is pretty neat to walk around the house and see the massive collection.
They also really enjoy taking it this art work as well; something I have never done much of before, I grew up in a sport family, simple as that. However it's been neat getting to see the other side as well, I have so far watched my host father play in a brass ensemble, and sing in the church choir, go to a ballet with my host mom, and to the art hall today to look at a new gallery. The new gallery was all based around blury/unfocused photos and paitings. It was amazing to see, and I never knew I could enjoy walking around an art gallery for two hours before. Here are some photos of the photos and paintings, just to show a bit of what was in it.

Don't blink

Don't blink, time goes by faster than you think
The other day I was flipping over the page on my calender when I really looked at the date, I realized it was already March. I have been living in Germany for over seven months now, I haven't seen my home or Canada for over eight months. Then I started flipping the pages forward and saw I only have four months left, and those four months will fly by; April with spring break, May Rotary Euro-tour, June is summer, and my mom coming at the end. It's actually a scary thought that I have been away from home for so long, but also that I am going home so soon.
It's a pretty sureal thought when you realize you haven't seen or hugged your family in seven months, but that you've also been able to find other people to fill that void. The people that I have encountered in this path seven months will all be with me for the rest of my life, and they have all had some impact on who I will be at the end of this year. It may have only been one year of my life, one year in 18, but I believe this is the year where I learn more about myself than I have in the past 18 years. So there are many people I owe thanks to, back home, and here, for this allowing me to have this opportunity, but also for helping me get through it. I also need to thank those people who didn't think I could make it, you made it that much easier to stay, and make it.
I'm so excited for these next four months, I can't even begin to explain how much, and I will make sure to keep you all better updated. Especially with more pictures now that I have a new camera to break in!