Month: January 2012

is it not amazing, the difference one tiny, supposedly insignificant, detail can make? last year i dreaded going to school on a tuesday and a wednesday, a fact i’m only realising now something has shifted. i dreaded getting up before the sun, too early to stomach breakfast. and i dreaded having to stand before that class of confused, disinterested teenagers (save a few) at eight in the morning with only the view of a snowy city street via the large left hand windows sustaining me. i dreaded the disdainful tone of their voices and their contempt for me, this girl not so much older but with so much more authority, that informed every sentence i had to force out of them. and now i don’t have to go anymore. i can ride my bicycle in the morning light, fresh air dancing through my lungs, an hour later instead. breakfast eaten and hair brushed. to continue to teach my class of entirely enthusiastic twelve year olds with bright eyes and sweetness to nourish a nation. and …

in the last weeks of 2011

…there were so many awe-inspiring sunsets over the river, never-ending skies of inky blue punctuated with clouds a heart-stopping orange, that I stopped taking pictures and vowed to simply enjoy them. … I fell more and more in love with this towering Christmas tree outside the Altes Rathaus. ….Niki visited Germany for the first time! We explored the perimeters of my Donauinsel and visited the Christmas market at the Schloss Thurn und Taxis (that’s the palace in the centre of the city – oh, Bavaria!)  …we took a day trip to Nuremberg to meet up with dear friends, where we drank various warm beverages, bought gingerbread, danced to a big band and took refuge from the crowds in the city’s prettiest church – and decided that Nuremberg really is the quintessential German city at Christmastime.  After a whirlwind weekend trip to Berlin for a dear friend’s 21st birthday (which was so entirely lovely I forgot to take a single photograph), Philly made her way to Bavaria on a fifteen hour train from France…. Though the last …