*Like the pun? I've been saving it for three weeks.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It was my last day because Good Friday (Karfreitag) is a public holiday. I went to a few bee site/stands with Steffan and Christina (two beekeepers) - there were a lot of laughs, yet by the end of the week I felt the fatigue of a busy week. At lunchtime, Christina could not find her cell phone, realizing she must have dropped it at one of the sites. Miraculously, we ended up finding this needle in the haystack at the first stand.
After lunch, I hopped into the driver's seat, joking that I would drive us to the first bee stand in search of Christina's phone. The joke was turned onto me when they said, "Okay, Matt...you're driving!" With minimal experience with stick shift, it was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, particularly as I turned off the highway.
By the end of the workday, I said farewell to my co-workers. Some were genuinely kind to mention that I will be missed. The irony of this farewell is that they left, and I've been hanging out all weekend in the heatless house.
The van got stuck a few times on the snowy paths to the bee stands - I have learned many ways to get a vehicle out of the snow, a shovel just seems like a luxury now.
Co-workers on the bee farm
Driving a manual vehicle! (I learned 3 years ago, but never practiced.)
(Photo by Christina)
Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31, 2013
Germany practically shuts down on Easter weekend, so I found no need to try and go somewhere (plus it was too cold and snowed each morning). I spent most of my time on the computer, relaxing and preparing for Leipzig. My social interaction was achieved through Skype and several surprises from the mice that patter around the house - to make light of it, I call the mice "Oliver." (I can't tell them apart, so for all I know, it could be the same mouse.) It has been nice to be a professional couch potato for the weekend.
So the big day arrives tomorrow - the move to Leipzig. This has been a process of applications, tri-continental communication, and patience. Yet finally, it is soon to become a reality (just to be sure, I'll knock on wood to that.) I found out there is a Welcome Week, in addition to class registration, and moving into my room in the student apartments, so I expect a busy week ahead! I'm packed and ready to go!
As I look back on this past month, there are a lot of little memories that I will cherish, but I feel that I lack the words to express my gratitude for this experience. There were many on-going jokes, such as "Dear Ansgar (Lieber Ansgar), [Insert imaginary, exaggerated concern or complaint.]" (It's more of an inside joke.) To think, this would have been a very different month, if my original plans to intern in the Bundestag had worked out. I feel everything works out as it is meant to, and goodness do I feel lucky for the way things turned out!
On this blessed day, I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter! Enjoy my little video. :)