TRAVELING | overseas for the first time in 2.5 years. Always juggling two passports, which, however, make the immigration process in each country a breeze.
CATCHING | a glimpse of the backside of the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) from the train on my way to see my uncle (who lives on the “schäl Sick” (local dialect for “wrong side”, which locally means the “right (eastern) side” of the river Rhine, which is across the river from where the cathedral is. Confused yet?) . #homeiswherethedomis
FEELING | emotionally jetlagged and not quite ready to get back to the daily grind, but alas, here we are. I am slowly readjusting back to my life here. It’s always such a harsh transition going between here and there (anybody else feel that?).
ENJOYING | affordable ice-cream from the Italian gelaterias in Germany. Scoops for 1-1.50€ anyone? (Ice-cream by the scoop is so ridiculously expensive in the US, y’all.)
SOAKING UP | every single second with my family. I just loved being at my childhood home, spending time with my parents. I loved hanging out with my sister and being able to talk in person. But you guys, my niece and nephew have grown so much since I last saw them, and I am really not okay with it. That obviously needs to stop.
While FaceTime will never be a substitute for physical, in-real-life interaction with the people you love, I must admit that having had the option to “see” them over a screen, especially during these last two years, was truly a life saver. It was emotional to finally be able to hug after such a long time, but it could have been a lot more soul-crushing to leave again if it wasn’t for video calls.
LOOKING FORWARD TO | seeing my family again this summer, when they can hopefully take the already twice-postponed trip to visit us here in California.
GRATEFUL FOR | spending some time with my best friend from high school.
WISHING | for the lazy life of my sister’s cat sometimes.
EATING | all the good stuff. Mettbrötchen (minced raw pork on rolls), German BBQ, and my mom’s homemade Reibekuchen (potato pancakes), not to mention oven-fresh rolls from the local bakery every morning for breakfast.
DRINKING | lemon-ginger-tea with honey.
WATCHING | some German TV. Haha. I honestly quite enjoy it when I am back home, because it’s nice to watch something in your native language. However, I definitely avoid all the “dubbed” US movies/TV series. I previously shared my thoughts on dubbing of foreign movies on German television. In case it’s TL;DR: it’s a big NO for me.
COMING HOME TO | a package from Peloton (which I already mentioned) with an apparel gift for reaching (more than) 15K workout minutes in 2021. What a sweet surprise. Not that I needed any more motivation, but that was truly such a sweet gesture.
RUNNING | in my hometown. It’s a different type of scenery and I enjoyed it very much. The weather was perfect, too.
CATCHING UP | on the Power Zone Spring Challenge this week. I was signed up for the challenge before I knew I was going to be traveling, but my itinerary worked out in a way that I was able to ride ahead (for week 5) and catch up on rides (for week 6) upon my return, therefore completing each week’s core classes and accelerator rides to reach “platinum” for my team. I’d call this a well-planned vacation!
What is currently going on with you?