Sunday, November 25, 2012

Slow down, Father Time! Why the rush?

Time creeps by so quickly when you're happy and loving the life you were given.
It's been almost one month since my last post *sorry everyone*, and sleepy November rushed by quite silently!

My November was filled to the brim with so much love, excitement, and adventure--just a few of the things I enjoy most. One of my best friends, Maria, came to visit me from the States for one week and we didn't stop exploring...AT ALL! Sometimes I forget how big and devious Berlin is. There were so many little nooks that I had not explored, and even I was overwhelmed with the amount of things I had put on the week long itinerary. (I have this habit of wearing myself out more-than-frequently due to the fact I want to see EVERYTHING as soon as possible, and as efficiently as possible. Yes, this is difficult whilst wearing heeled boots but the trick is to have two cups of coffee in the morning and a third one after lunch, and to make sure you have a piece of fruit--perhaps some Haribo Vampire gummies as well--stuffed down into your purse).

The lovely Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam! Unfortunately Maria, Sebastian, and I arrived to the palace just as it was closing--we had a pretty late start that day, but it was still worth the visit!

Potsdam is a really beautiful area on the outskirts of Berlin! I'm really looking forward to a return trip once the weather is nicer. The detailing on the building was beautiful!
Also, I spent the first two weeks of November fasting, which proved to be extremely difficult since Berlin's food is so tempting. I had been speaking with one of my dearest friends about my plans to partake in the fast when she commented, "Whitney, you are one of the most hilariously-destructive people I have ever met. You are thrown through life to wherever God wants you to go, trying to help everyone around you, and you will kill yourself if you don't rest and take your of yourself. Stop swinging, just rest."
My mouth hung open as I started to retort.
*Crickets chirping...*
Well, this friend of mind is wise beyond her years. 
"Rest, you say?"
Yes, that's exactly what I did. I rested and fasted. If you've never fasted before, I highly recommend trying (but NOT during exams or a busy week of WILL go insane, or pass out from exhaustion. This is clearly not healthy). I have been doing the Daniel Fast for two and half years now, and it's excellent when you're feeling down in the dumps, uncertain, or when you're family and friends are having a difficult time. I put up a list of loved ones to pray for during the 14 day period, and found myself much happier and more thankful than usual--which was the goal after all, since Thanksgiving was right around the corner. One should also note that participating in the Daniel Fast makes you EXTREMELY emotional, especially if it's that time of the month. Eeeeee! I found myself being completely overwhelmed, but not necessarily in a bad way. When I read a quote that touched my heart or when music seeped into my ears and trickled down into my soul, I was so in tune and just...happy and thankful

I have felt more complete in this past month than any other time that I have been living in Germany. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it home for Thanksgiving but I did have a massive Thanksgiving party at my flat which was composed of the following:
1 French girl, 1 Norwegian girl, 1 Russian girl, 2 American ladies (myself included), 2 charming German fellows, chicken, stuffing, deviled eggs *the BEST deviled eggs in all of Germany, I am sure*, macaroni salad, incredible pumpkin-mango chutney, Norwegian salmon wraps, corn, mashed potatoes, delicious apple crisps, and fruit salad.
My stomach exploded shortly after and I went into a food a coma for at least 24 hours.

Only a small fraction of what was actually prepared! It was all too entirely delicious.
As you can see, my November has been most eventful and I've been spending this whole week in anticipation for the BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKETS ! Plus, the weather has been lovelier than expected--Jack Frost has been painting my windows, letting me know that the Christmas season is definitely here. That scoundrel. ;) I'm still dying to go to to see northern Germany or Dreseden while the Christmas markets are up, but I may have to wait!

If that weren't exciting enough, my wonderful German boy and I are going to Budapest during the first week of December! I haven't really started planning for that trip yet since the Thanksgiving food is still meddling with my regular thought processes and motor skills.

I hope all of you have had a wonderful November and that you remembered to give thanks on days other than just Thanksgiving! :) 
With love to you all,

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