It's hard to believe that the 6 months or so I have been in Germany is about to be up. Coming in to the final week of classes and life abroad is quite. I explain to people that I am as happy to be returning home as I am upset to be leaving Europe. I am now stuck in a place where I want to be in both places at once. But I look on this in a good way as I know I will be returning as soon as possible.
Berlin actually can turn out to be quite nice once the sun comes out. 85% of the time here has been overcast and raining but in these final weeks the sun has been out almost every day and it has been 60-80 degrees for weeks. This is what makes me really already miss Berlin, between all of the parks, rivers, nature walks, pools and just the overall atmosphere of the city. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures on my computer at the moment and perhaps I will upload more pictures later.
There is the Kulture Karnaval this weekend in Berlin, specifically in the district I am living in, Kreuzberg, to celebrate all of the different cultures. It is a big festival where there will be over a half million people roaming the streets outside of our school. As I write this I hear all of the voices and sounds of drums. Sounds like a fun time that I need to get involved in, so I will try and wrap this up quickly to go enjoy the festivities.
Germany has been such a great experience between all the people I have met and the friendships I've made, to all of the history I've learned and the places I have seen. Definitely an experience I will never forget and cannot wait to come back to make more memories!
I would also like to congratulate my sailing team on an awesome Spring season! You guys did awesome and I am sorry I missed it. A special shout out to my fellow captain and my best friend, Brian Reilly, for unfortunately finishing up his college sailing career this season but in the best way possible. He got to sail at Fordham on City Island, where he grew up and learned how to sail. The race was accompanied by his parents, Maureen and Jim, who essentially became the team parents showing up for every race they could and always bringing food for us. Certainly will miss the cooking and the company of his parents. Brian got to sail with Noelle Kelly for his final race which was real special because they sailed together for 3 years and he is the one who taught her the basics of sailing and then transformed her in to a college sailor! Don't know how the team would have functioned without Brian leading the team since his Freshman year. He will certainly be missed, although he will still be around, but leaves me with big Birkenstock's to fill. Thankfully I have big feet! Great job everyone! Go Neers!
So I am very blessed to have been able to study abroad for so long and meet many wonderful people. I have gotten to see a lot of the world, something I thought I could only dream about. It is with a heavy heart that I am beginning to say good bye to people and to the city of Berlin but it is time to go home and back to reality. Plus I miss sailing all the time and cannot wait to get home to my boats!