I have decided I want to update my blog more often. (Of course, it remains to be seen whether this re-found resolution will last more than a week.) Part of my inspiration and motivation for this new start is a decision to embrace my life as an expat. When I first arrived in Berlin a year and a half ago, I had this idea that I wanted to insert myself into German culture and have a "normal" life here. I was resistant to building an expat-only community, in part because I feared if I did so I would never learn German. Also, I did the typical American-style gallavanting in Europe when I was 21 years old...I felt like I was over that.
Now, a year and a half later, I think I need a little more 20-year-old style gallavanting in my life. (A little, not a lot - my ambitions are low here.) I am comfortable with my German, and I am no longer worried about not having the chance to speak it. I have a mixture of German and expat friends, though the expat friends are the ones I hang out with the most (not counting Hannes, who is the one I hang out with the most the most). And I have decided: I like hanging out with Americans and other non-Germans! Sometimes I want to go to cheesy Oktoberfest parties where there is not a Bavarian in sight! (This latter item I haven't managed to do this year, but I WANTED to.)
Somehow, this brings me back to my blog, a very expat-y undertaking in my eyes. Most of my posts over the last year have been about vacations. Now, I would like to spend some time documenting the minute cultural differences between Germany and the U.S. They may seem small, but there are a lot of them! Introducing "Things are different."