It’s a beautiful country, after all

Last week I was walking through my Boston, feeling bestranged. Noticing, maybe more than ever, how much I am not American, sensitized towards differences. Factually, nothing has changed really after the election of Donald Trump, at least not yet. And not for me anyways – as a white Western European. My feeling has, though.

Last week my feeling towards this country has been deeply challenged. I have known for a while now that my appreciation for the United States stems from the fact that it presents me with great career opportunities and a way of going about life that is harder to find in Germany. Settling in a part of town that could easily be mistaken for a European city, spending my leisure time with other immigrants, and ultimately dating an immigrant enables me to be very much European in the America.

Last week I was, once again, amazed by the beautiful landscape & hospitality this country has to offer. Driving through the states of New York and Vermont, tasting Pinot Noirs, hiking Green Mountain trails, replenishing.

I have long accepted the fact that while Germany is my home, it is not the place where I am home. Yet last week it became very clear that I also do not belong to the US. And that is ok. Ok for now, especially after such wonderful fall memories of 2016:

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The Head of the Charles Regatta. Don’t let the sun fool you, it was bitter cold!

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This is a shot from the Mystic Fells, just north of Boston

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What a sunrise. I still get up every morning and admire the beautiful skies Boston suprises me with

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If it rains, it rains…But November has this power of creating a mystic mood. 

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This is my colleague on Halloween. He eventually realized that working in this will be hard…

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German “Abendbrot” with Eliza for the last presidential debate…who would have thought…

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After New Hampshire’s White Mountains, we discovered Vermont’s Green Mountains last weekend. It was just the right temperature, and as always, a beautiful sunny day. 

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Wine Tasting at a lonely winery in upstate New York. Lots of fun! 

 

 

 

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