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Finding inspiration in others

21 °C

I am at the Yoho Hostel in Salzberg, Austria right now and I am in awe of the people I have met. My roommates ranged from students, to a rodeo bull rider, from Australia!!!

After we introduced ourselves we all started in on the customary, what do you do, how long are you here for etc., etc.. Only this time, I was really impressed by these girls. 3 were from the US studying engineering in Berlin. They have taken ripe advantage of their time here and have travelled a great deal in Europe. I remember when I was in university, I didn't travel because 1, it was not an option, 2, I didn't even know such things were possible (small vision and all that) and 3, I would never have left home even if I did know about these options. I was impressed with these girls, who were no more than 23, as they have been all over Germany, visited Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, The UK, France. And, they are just starting.

I was truly inspired by the other roommate from Australia. She was on her way, via an ATW ticket, to Alberta, Canada to work as a bull/horse rider. I was shocked. If you look at this woman, you would never tell that she gets down and dirty like that as she is very girly-girly. But, what made me admire her was the passion and fire she had in her eyes when she was talking about her passion. She loves what she does and couldn't wait to arrive. Talk about passion. Not only does she ride bulls, she is a teacher by trade. Wow!! Some people just seem to do it all.

I also met 2 other women who also love to travel and took chunks of time off from work to explore the world. Once again, I voiced my concern about money and obligations and they were nonplussed. Why should they not follow their passions because of a job? That was just stupid. All this information renews my already burning passions to change my life. Now I know that the only thing that stops me, would be me.

Posted by CanaGerm 01:12 Archived in Austria Tagged educational Comments (0)

Kegel anyone?

sunny 22 °C

After my day in Tübingen, I had to get ready for a night out with my colleague, Wolfgang and his friends. He asked me Friday night if I would be interested in joining him and some people Saturday night enjoying the game, Kegel. Now, I had never heard of Kegel but I was sure interested in going out and having a good time so I said yes to that quick and jumped on that bandwagon.

Wollie (nickname) came at exactly 5:45pm and off we were to Eglosheim. I have to say that he is a really sweet man. He reminds me of Tobias, with a wonderful disposition and kind heart. Something I find hard to capture in people these days.

After arriving at the club, we went downstairs to some small room where the Kegel alleys were awaiting. I had never played or heard of this game before but I was intrigued and interested.
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Don't ask me to explain how it is played as there are several different games to go through and half the time I just followed what they were doing because Wollie tried to explain to me what the game was but half was in German, half in English and most of the time I spent looking at his lips trying to understand what he was saying.
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In the end, it was great fun and I enjoyed myself emmensly. Good people and good, clean fun.
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During the game, we had to drink a spirit for some reason.
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I have to tell you, I was gagging once again.
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This was even worst than Stuttgarter beer and that shit is just vile! I did manage to swig back the spirit in the name of fun as it is customary at all games. I did mention before in this blog that Germans love a good drink right?

After the game it was time to eat. We tried to eat at the club but the wait for food was over an hour due to some sort of party arriving with 20 or more people. It was no problem as this small town had a few other cute restaurants within walking distance of the Kegel center.

Pics on the walk
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W settled on Greek food that night. Of course the meal started off the ouzo. Once again, it left a hot hole in my chest as it made its way down. Then it was onto the main meal. I had lamb with big white beans. Yum! The meal was completed with more drink, this time schnapps. That shit was fantastic.
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After chatting, laughing and closing down the restaurant, we called it a night. Wollie brought me home and drove through a different section of Kornwestheim, a part I didn't know existed. A part that was actually open after 6pm! Most of the town where I live is locked off at 6 so to see cafes, stores and bars open after 1am was refreshing and inspiring. Hopefully I will make it to this section of town for a look see one of these days.

At the hotel, I quickly crashed as I was exhausted after my stressful week and packed day. But, I was up early the next day to explore Residenzschloss in Ludwigsburg, better know as the Swabian Versailles.
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Posted by CanaGerm 09:08 Archived in Germany Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Dear younger self....

overcast 14 °C

...what in the hell were you thinking? Being a home body, thinking Canada, Ontario, GTA was the center of the world was so, beyond, wrong!! You should have explored more, taken a lot more risks, had more fun, looked at other avenues offered instead of what others considered as "right". Is it too late for my current self? I don't think so....but if I had done more younger I would have had a hell lot more fun and maybe been happier.

The above is a note that I wrote to my younger, extremely conservative self. I don't know what possessed me to stay at home and think that the world ended in my little comforts zone. I remember that while my friends were off exploring different things I sat tight lipped at home unwilling to explore new avenues of life. Now, the more I read things, the more I see more, the more I explore different possibilites, the more I know I made huge mistakes!

Can I rectify them now? Is it too late? For those of you who know me personally, this message will not be crytic (as I am sure some readers are like, what the hell?) but instead of being confused, I feel that I know exactly what I want and how to get it. Well, that part is not as clear but I do have "means" in the palm of my hands. It is just a matter of using these resources and making some life altering steps.

Am I ready for them? Damn right I am! I have wasted enough time as it is so.....it is full steam ahead starting today. My visions are clear. No more sitting on the sidelines and looking from the inside out, I want to be all up and through there!!!

Posted by CanaGerm 23:01 Archived in Germany Tagged educational Comments (1)

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