2014 has been a year of change.
It was a transition from student to graduate, from having a plan to none, and from English to German. It was a tough year full of goodbyes to friends and family, often and unexpected bouts of homesickness, and an adjustment from being wildly independent to needing a lot of help.
But it was also a year of growing.
I’m a better cook, can hold a conversation in German, and I’ve survived six months with just two pairs of jeans. I still can’t read a map, but I can go with the flow. And though we have a rocky relationship, Marburg is slowly starting to feel like home.
I started this blog at the end of July with a post about my adjustment to life in Germany after one month (how optimistic did I sound?!). This space was supposed to be something to keep me busy and a place for my mom to read about my day-to-day life in Germany (since Germans are much too private for extensive Facebook photo albums). I never imagined how cathartic sharing my stories, the fun, and my fears would be and how much I would rely on the incredible expat blogger community to reassure me that my crushing homesickness is 100% normal.
Highlights from 2014
Ringing in the year in small-town Germany.
Watching UNC beat dOOk from the risers.
Celebrating one year together with F during his second visit to the U.S.
Graduation (but not saying good-bye to these three McCal galz).
Moving to Germany.
Rushing the streets after Germany beat Argentina to win the World Cup.
Our August travels: Heidelberg, Trier, Luxembourg, and Metz.
Getting my very own dirndl from F for my birthday .
Christmas time in Germany.
In 2015 I want to pick a direction to go in and follow through so that I feel a little less directionless in the coming year. It’s going to take a lot of time and some serious self-reflection, but it starts tomorrow.