I know it’s been some time since I last wrote, but it’s mainly because there hasn’t been a lot going on. I’ve been focusing on school and getting to know the city and that isn’t always very exhilarating, so I thought I wouldn’t bore y’all with details like, “I studied for three hours straight.” Hopefully, my posts will be every week in the coming months since Christmas is around the corner and there’s always fun festivities and culture during the holidays.
Even though I’m far away from home, I’m still going to celebrate Thanksgiving. I don’t think I could stand November ending without eating some juicy turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, expertly spiced gravy, delicious stuffing, pumpkin pie, and–of course–gelatinous cranberry sauce (which I haven’t found in Germany, but I’m determined). Its tradition and I’ve found that being abroad has brought me closer to traditions I’ve taken for granted over the years. While it won’t quite be the holidays without my merry family around, I’m going to make the most of it. And I definitely plan on decorating for Christmas–just you wait, my apartment is going to be a winter wonderland by December.
Before I address the title of this post, let me tell you about a few things I did last week with my friends.
While riding the tram one day, my friend and I spotted a cool looking windmill and promised each other that we’d check it out at some point. I finally got the time to look it up and discovered that it’s actually a restaurant/cafe, so of course we decided to grab lunch there during the week. The windmill sits atop a small hill, giving a nice view of the adorable little park of which it lives. Unfortunately, the day that we went, the upstairs section happened to be closed (or maybe it’s only open for dinner)–but that didn’t keep the food from tasting delicious. I ordered something called Knipp that tasted a lot like corn beef hash. Knipp is a type of sausage made by mixing grain and pork–absolutely heavenly. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Now, I don’t think I can get through this post without mentioning the election–even though I’d like to forget the subject overall. When I woke up Wednesday, I was greeted with a snow covered Bremen; if you know me, you know that this made me positively giddy. For a moment, the election had slipped my mind and thoughts of possibly having a truly white Christmas had taken its place.
Then, like every morning, I checked the news.
The happiness of snow and the intense disappointment of Trump being elected President packed quite a confusing emotional punch. I didn’t cry–I was just awestruck. This is who my country had picked. Yes, Hillary had won the popular vote, but it had been heartbreakingly close and made me realize just how upset America has become. While Trump isn’t the president I wanted, maybe he’s the one we deserve. I don’t think he’s the next Hitler. I don’t think he’s going to destroy our country, but I don’t think he’s going to benefit it much, either.
I do think he’s going to teach us a lesson.
Honestly, everything is up in the air and no one knows what’s going to happen next–and that’s terrifying. I felt like I knew what to expect from Hillary, but from Trump? Not a clue. I think the people that claim to know what he wants for our country are dreadfully mistaken; I don’t think there’s a person out there that knows what Trump wants except Trump.
I’ll say one more think about the election and then no more. While I’m upset Trump won, I don’t condone the violence erupting across the nation because of it. There’s a strong irony in individuals being outraged with Trump for not admitting he would accept the results of the election if Hillary won and then those same individuals refusing to accept the results when he wins. It’s not logical and I don’t think it’s going to get anything accomplished. All of the protests, the anger, the hatred–it’s fueling everything we were fighting against and now both sides are increasing tension to dangerously high levels.
Okay, now onto London! I arrived last night and experienced riding on the Tube for the first time–talk about hectic. There’s nothing like an enormous city to put some perspective on how small you are. There’s also nothing like ridiculously high prices to make you understand just how little money you have in your wallet. I haven’t done anything exciting yet–that starts today. Just being around one of my closest friends (you know who you are) has put me at ease. I hope the next few days make next week’s blog post a bit more thrilling, but it’s hard to imagine that they won’t.
Until next time, y’all!