Hello! How are you all? The past few weeks have flown by, probably because we had three four-day weeks in a row here in Germany. I think it’s good for my sanity that I’ve had shorter weeks this past month. Sure would be nice to have this all the time! Anyway, let’s get down to the past two weeks’ lost and found.
Found: Old postcards
I have a slight obsession with old postcards. Sure, typical vintage postcards are cool, but I love postcards from the first half of the 1900s that show photos of places waaaaay back in the day. If they have something interesting written on the back, I enjoy that as well.
The Flohmarkt (flea market) that is held in conjunction with the Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) is a decent place to find some of these gorgeous, old black and white postcards. I did happen to buy “a few.”
Lost: Severe allergies
Not that I’m sad to have gotten over my seasonal allergies, but I enjoy the irony of the situation. It recently came to mind that the problem (pollen) and the solution (rain to clear the air) both are products of Mother Nature.
At the same time I curse the pollen, I also wish for spring and beautiful flowers. Then, I even beg for rain to give me some relief by washing away the cause of my misery. I just have to laugh a bit at how illogical my desires with regard to spring and nature are. It’s a good practice in mindfulness to think about how many other areas of life are in conflict like this.
Found: A resolution from my former home
My master’s degree was completed in Konstanz, meaning two years of bliss in that beautiful city, relaxing with all the nature surrounding the Bodensee. I just saw yesterday that Konstanz became the first city in Germany to pass a resolution that declares climate change as an emergency.
Sometimes I have to stop and think about how fortunate I am to have lived in Konstanz, and how amazing it is that I now live in a country which at least recognizes climate change at the national level. Much of the rhetoric around climate change coming out of the White House in the past few years has been disheartening, but events like this remind me that many people around the world care about this issue and want to take action.
So, on that note, I hope you all feel a little bit more thoughtful about our planet. Or maybe just postcards. Regardless, have a lovely weekend!