“Even under the best of circumstances, there’s just something so damn tragic about growing up.” – Jonathan Tropper
I was kindly invited by some dear family friends to visit their beloved home of Nürnberg. (Known in English as Nuremberg.)
It is such a beautiful town that is bursting from its seams with history. I swear if its remaining city walls could talk, it’d have a million tales to tell. From its days as the ‘unofficial Holy Roman Empire’ to the infamous Nuremberg Trials, it’s a city that has had its share of triumphs and travesties.
Walking around you feel as though it’d be no surprise to see a knight ride passed on his horse, or to see a something reminiscent of a town scene from Beauty and the Beast. (Yes, that was in France, but the town gives off a certain vibe one can’t help but see the comparison.)
It also reminded me a lot of the town Rothenburg, which I was lucky enough to visit back in July of 2011.
Oh Germany, I can’t help but adore you and every new treasure you share with me. I am going to miss you!
“Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful– or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.” –What Happens After What Was “Supposed To Be”
The past three months have been filled with lesson after lesson. I have become quite good at embracing disappointments (even the ones that devastate) and I’m beyond proud of how I have, in a way, gotten my Munich back. I have cooked nearly everyday and have run around Munich by myself and have felt apart of it. Had I not come back I fear I would have had a bitter view of Munich, only because of the way things were left when I left at the end of April.
I found an apartment all on my own (which is a feat in Munich) and managed to find (even more) friends I know I will cherish a lifetime.
Most notably, I have come back from a blow from which I was convinced I would never recover. (That makes that no.2 for 2013…)
But I have, and still am, recovering. Setting my pride aside is one of the biggest challenges I have faced. I white-knuckled giving that puppy up. I wrestled and wrangled and finally admitted defeat.
Some of my dreams have been delayed… they have shifted in shape. I am coming to terms with this revelation.
In the meantime, I will be heading back to the States at the end of this month. I am soaking up the last days of SingStar with my roommates and savoring the Bavarian way of life. After all, I’ve been here a year as of September 17 (minus two months back home).
My big brother and his wife will visit for a week so that I can share with them the beauty of this place that I will forever consider a home away from home.
Oh this life thing, it’s all about growing and acceptance. Of this I am sure.
(Also, I had a job interview for a job back in Kansas City! Fingers crossed!)
We will always remember.
God Bless America.
1. I get giddy (nerd-alert) having my main stop named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe… having been a German Literature major and all. // 2. I can’t resist a dusty bookstores that have entire sections dedicated to Bavarian royal history. // 3. Rooftop gardens are surprisingly common around Munich. I was lucky enough to have drinks at the bar atop one of the University’s buildings. // 4. I love the patterns spotted around the city. I wish I knew more about architecture (read: anything besides the knowledge I acquired in 10th grade Interior Designs class…). // 5. Oktoberfest is right around the corner and it’s all about finding the perfect Dirndl. I finally found “the one” and let me tell ya, it was an experience to say the least. More about that soon. 😉 // 6. The Sendlinger Tor + a sign for the lingerie boutique right outside the gates (that’s been in business since 1885).
Part I. here.
“Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey