Well, the day has finally arrived. My final 24 hours in Germany are almost up, and tomorrow I catch the train from Enschede at 10:18 am. By 5:00 pm I will be in London, and in slightly over a week I will be home (and 22 years old). The fact that I am here in Germany and on this fellowship program, that I have spent the past two months here, simply astounds me. I don’t know how I came to be in this position, but I am extremely grateful for having been blessed with this opportunity. My host and “boss” of sorts, Gudrun, is hard to leave. She engages daily with the Kunstverein with a steadfast devotion, and never shies away from dealing with the inevitable last-minute problems. I hope that in my future career I will be fortunate enough to work with others who are equally in love with their work, and who are kind and generous.
As a last hurrah and thank you to her, I finally made my brownie recipe! (Gudrun loves brownies – she bought four packages of the “American-style brownies” that were a weekly feature in Aldi during American week. They were actually pretty good, considering they weren’t homemade, although the bagels were definitely a miss. We are having some guests over for dinner tonight, just the people who I have spent the most time with over the past few weeks, so it should be nice.
I bought my last bread rolls from Lohner Landbäcker, did my last shopping trip at Aldi, took a last little bike excursion, and probably won’t be going back to the Kunstverein before I leave tomorrow. It never hits you that you will most likely never see a place again until the months and years start to pass by, but I hope that someday I will see Gudrun again. If she is ever in Minnesota, she knows who to call!
On the other side, there is a laundry list of all the things that I have missed and will be happy to have back in my life. At the beginning: fro-yo shops and Target. Yes, Target. God, I love that store. I’m ready to be surprised at how great a volume of coffee I receive for the same amount of money as in Germany, to say hello to having everything spread out in the typical fashion of the car culture-determined city, to have my own bike back(!!!), and to just be home with the people I love. It’s hard not having any friends in a foreign country, but at least there is the internet to help bridge at least a small amount of the gap.
And seriously, when someone first calls me or sends me a text, I’m not going to know what to do! I don’t really miss that technology all that much, though.
Here are a couple of great pictures of Gudrun’s front garden. It’s an ongoing adventure, but we tackled some more of her overgrown shrubbery two days ago. The whole scene is still basically a jungle, though. : )
I haven’t done a whole lot of drawing lately, but I’ll definitely update from my Great Britain and Ireland travels when I get back to the states! Knowing me, there will be at least a few sketches.