Sometimes I feel like I’m finally getting into a routine here in Munich. And then something happens like my boss sending me to Switzerland to watch a “must see” Fasnacht parade (that starts at 4am!!!) or a coworker inviting me to a fashion show or having four familiar faces visiting me within the span of a week. I have slowly come to realize that a daily routine is not going to happen for me, and also that, while it provides a feeling of stability, it’s not really what I want anyway. Living in a city, where everything is changing all the time, is exhilarating. Beer festivals, climate demonstrations, pop-up art exhibitions, and countless program activities– Munich is constantly feeding me something new. Not having a routine is a reminder that this study abroad program is HUGE privilege, that I can’t take any of these experiences for granted.
With that in mind, the last couple of weeks have been packed full of spontaneous adventures. We’ve been having some beautiful spring weather which has resulted in bike rides through the park, hiking in the nearby german Alps, discovering new running routes, picnics, and just an overall improvement in my mood. The city feels like a whole new place with each season and I think I’m really liking this one. There is also a Starkbierfest happening now in Munich which likens to the Oktoberfest celebration, except that it happens spread throughout the city as opposed to on one big field. Essentially, each brewery crafts a stronger kind of bier which is served during these couple of weeks. By now, I understand how prominent a part of bavarian culture beer is, but somehow I still get surprised every time I hear about yet ANOTHER beer-related event. There are however, plenty of non-beer related events to balance them out.
While my internship is running smoothly and I am enjoying it, I am also excited for the summer semester (April 23 – July 26th) to start. It feels a little odd, that as we start the semester, students back at whitman will be finishing it up. However, I’ve picked out courses, all of which are super unique and that I wouldn’t find in Whitman’s catalogue, and I am ready to begin!! A nine-week semester break has certainly given me time to recharge and re-motivate myself.