Mindful

When was the last time you have…

  • switched off your phone for a whole day or a couple of hours?
  • sat down to journal about how you are feeling?
  • paused, anywhere, to simply look around and soak in your environment?
  • simply done what you felt like and not what you were supposed to do?
  • spend the whole day outside?

Mindfulness. A word that I have come across only recently. Yet, it is becoming a part of my daily life. My monday morning started with disturbing news: Two men that I have known from my political and Youth Press work in Germany have died on the weekend. They were both my age. I wish their families a lot of strength.

I am not exactly sure what feelings these news triggered. A mix of anxiety, gratitude and awareness. I do know what eventually got me going and I wanted to share it with you: I am extremely thankful for what I can do every day to follow my drive (to wherever it might lead me). And that, even after two years of living abroad, I have a supportive and encouraging network of family and friends at home. That makes all the difference! I complain about my home country a lot, but the source of this anger and disagreement is passion. It is my relentless drive to bring out the best in this country. And given the current state of Germany and Europe, it will take a lot of driven people in our generation to keep the European idea alive.

This summer makes me realize how much the ocean means to me; it is currently the source of my peace of mind, my replenishment, my encouragement. During the last two weeks, I have bathed in the Pacific and the Atlantic, in California and Massachusetts and spent many hours listening to the calming, yet powerful sound of the waves, letting my feet sink in the sand, taking walks with friends along the coast, being mindful.

Summer in Boston – a guide

While I am still working on a post about graduation and how it feels to be a “Master”, here is a lighthearted post about the incredible pleasure of spending the summer in Boston. I feel very blessed that I had my Dad and High School friends spend their vacation with me here. If you are in Boston, or plan a trip, here are some of my favorite places/things to do.

  • rent a Kayak from Alston and paddle into the city to the Kendall Square. It is a five-mile-trip, but the current is light. On your way you pass Harvard, Boston University, MIT and finally you arrive at this view:

boston_esplanade_from_a_kayak

  • Go to one of Boston’s harbor islands. The Boston Bay Area has 34 islands and in the summer Boston Harbor Cruises offers service to four of these every day. The round trip is $17 and I can totally recommend it. Here are some impressions from my trip to Spectacle Island.
  • Enjoy a trip to the Cape. This time, I took the Fast Ferry to Provincetown, which is the very rainbowy town at the end of the Cape. There are tons of galleries and bars and it is fun for a 2-3-day-trip. You can wade and reach a very lonely beach, you can sip cocktails in the sun and watch people or go whale watching. I recommend the very inappropriate, dirty, but by locals attended bar “The Old Colony” ;-). I had been checking Groupon for a good Bed&Breakfast deal and we stayed at “The Anchor Inn” and had a beautiful room with a balcony overlooking the bay.

Ein Jahr…

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Für Lesefaule: Ich bezeichne dieses Video als Ergebnis einer produktiven Prokrastinationsphase ;-). Morgen schreibe ich meine letzte Klausur, dann muss ich meine Gefängniszelle in Blakeley räumen, meinen Spint im Fitnesstudio leermachen und dann ist es vorbei, das erste Studienjahr an … Continue reading

The Cape

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Für Lesefaule: Cape Cod ist interessant und voller Gegensätze – wahrscheinlich passt es deshalb so nach Amerika. Weiße Sandstrände, naturbelassene Küsten und frischer Fisch treffen auf Touriattraktionen wie Minigolfplätze, Fressbuden und Kettenrestaurants an jeder Ecke und Strände, die man für … Continue reading