I've been home for about a month now. It was nice to finally be home after so long. I did experience some reverse culture shock and for about the first week, I felt like a foreigner in my home country. My brain needed some time to unpack the old memories and revive my American habits. My struggles also served as a decent conversation starter with friends and family. It's always a treat to see them as it feels like time hasn't past at all.
My summer will most likely be jammed-packed with reunions and short trips, that's just the overly organized planner in me. But typical me, I'm already in Vermont working at Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy for another summer. That means I have to switch my brain back into German mode. Believe me, it doesn't happen as quickly as a light switch.
If there is anything I've learned from this year, it is crucial to enjoy where you are and to stay in the moment. I know you've probably heard this already, but this was fundamental for me. In fact, it was almost a daily homework assignment for me. My year in Austria is already planned, but after that, I cannot say I'm certain what will come next. Life is not linear so why plan it to be like that? I hope to invite some spontaneity in Vienna, but I may fall back into old habits.
I plan to continue updating this blog once I am back in Europe in September. I'd like to (with emphasis onpossibly) share more of my teaching experiences and impressions of Austria. Anyway, I thank you for following along and hope this summer is magical in your corner of the world.
Liebe Grüße und bis bald