While in Germany, I tried to read either novels in German, or books about people who were traveling or spending time in another country. These people have experienced what I have. If you are living or moving abroad, I recommend trying the same. One of the books I read is called “A Cook’s Tour” by Anthony Bourdain. Parts of the book felt like he was filling space on a page for a deadline. However, other parts, like his opening letter to his wife, the chapters on Vietnam, trying to reconnect to his late father in France, barhopping with women in Spain, are profound and beautiful. About Vietnam he wrote,”I’m leaving Vietnam soon, and yet I’m yearning for it already… There’s a lot I haven’t tried. I’m still here, I tell myself. I’m still here.”
You may be wondering, and rightfully so, why it’s been nearly three weeks since my last post. I have been busy. Very busy. In fact, the last post I published fell on my last weekend in Germany. That’s right: I’m back in the United States. I had planned to write every single day of my final week, but I ended up spending that time with the people and the town that had made my experience so wonderful. I was already missing them.
This is not my farewell post. I haven’t written about Auschwitz, Lübeck, East Frisia, Norderney or Schützenfest. I haven’t discussed readjustment to the USA. I haven’t talked about home. I haven’t told you about the new city I now call home or the perils of unemployment. I hope you will stick with me, readers, as I recall the last of my adventures in Germany and tackle the new adventures awaiting me in New York City.