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On Sunday it was my father's birthday so I gave him a call before the event and wished him a happy birthday. This is the 3rd year in a row that I have missed his birthday because I left Adelaide on 16th February 2011 to catch a train to Melbourne. On March 1, it will have been two years since I left Australia. Now I'm not going to fill this blog with soppy, sweet filled sentiments or bitter pangs of regret because I really don't have much of either. There are a few occasions where I wish that Adelaide was just a little bit closer so that I could fly home and catch up with family and friends just for a week, but I think for the moment I am where I should be: going crazy with German adjective rules. For what it is worth, I will try my best to get back to Australia sometime in the next year, just don't tell the ATO.
The last two years have been a pretty wild ride if you add everything up. Leaving a well paying job and a comfortable lifestyle was painful, but I knew that I needed to challenge myself and get more out of life. For the most part things have worked out; I guess better than expected. I never got mugged in Los Angeles, I did a paragliding course without breaking my legs, hiking without getting eaten by a bear, snowboarding without breaking my wrists and Steffie and I finished the roadtrip without breaking down (with the exception of a Canadian Tire holiday) albeit majorily modified on the last leg.
It has now been four months since I have been in Germany and next week I will finish my 3rd German course so I am halfway to becoming fluent lol. I won't say that I can pick up a newspaper and read it, but I'm surprised how much I can actually understand, even if I can't say exactly what I want to. I've been applying for some jobs over the past month and had my first mixed-language interview last week so I guess that is progress. It is slow progress and I don't know how people do it without living here and being forced to speak it.
i printed out some photos recently and I was pleasantly surprised to realise that I have actually been doing more than I thought other than just going to German school. We did trips to Hockenheim, Baden-Baden, Strasbourg and Wurzburg and even a ski weekend in the Black Forest. Mind you I would like to do a whole lot more, but that requires a job. We have plenty of ideas for travelling in Europe this summer and there is certainly a lot to see!
So I guess the motto is still Carpe Diem!