There and back again…

I haven’t checked-in during the last 18 days. So much has happened… I have traveled 10,000 miles, climbed a mountain and lost a friend. I finally understand that my roots are in Germany and my heart, that expansive-space-in-my-chest, will always be on the Pacific West Coast. And I realized that should we decide to move continents…

Weimar: Words on the Wall

I had to go to Weimar for work a few weeks ago. I haven’t been there in a while. With some spare time I grabbed a coffee and noticed the writing on the house opposite. You can’t see it very well on this photo, but on the gable up at the white building someone had…

Yoga 1: Open up

Find a comfortable seat and close your eyes. Today I will take you on a trip to the beautiful Pacific West Coast. We will take three deep breaths together. Exhale all the air from your lungs, pause and slowly inhale through your nose. Hold. And exhale evenly. Pause. And again. Inhale slowly starting at the…

Indian Summer in Jena

My very first trip to Canada took me to Ontario in October of 1995. Shortly before we had seen a video about the Indian Summer in English class and when my Dad took me with him to Toronto for a few days, all I wanted was to visit Algonquin Park. So we rented a car…

I have been away for a while

Actually, just here and there. But I have been away for a while from my blog. Not intentionally, it just happened that way. I was busy, yes. But I have been busy before. Truth is, I did not make it a priority. And practicing yoga has not been a priority either. Not only is my…

An alphabetic Ode to Jena

Well, with our 1st year in Germany completed, I thought it would be about time to follow-up on my A-Z of things I miss about Vancouver with a list of great things I enjoy at the other side of the world. A – Apartment: I love our place here. The building is just over 100…

Happy Canada Day!

Thinking about maple leaves, maple syrup, red and white stripes, Canada Day parades, Oh Canada, BBQs, picnics, weekend get-a way’s, ferry line-ups, Canada flag tattoos, fireworks, music, friends! Someone asked me the other day what Vancouver is like. I talked at lengths about multiculturalism, because Canada Day reminds of how different nations can peacefully co-exist…

Year One … 10 findings

1. Moving sucks. 2. Moving continents is worse. 3. I won’t ever do that again. 4. There is still a chance, that I might do this again. 5. I can’t believe some of the things I decided to pack. What was I thinking?! I should have taken the pepper mill instead. 6. If you leave…

It is done

Today, quietly, in between cleaning up the house and baking a cake for friends coming over later, it was done. Exactly 17 days short of our 1st anniversary living in Germany it is done. And all that is left now, is an empty box. The last one. So, what now? No more excuses. We are…

Never say never

Who would have thought that most of my blog would be about homesickness. I never dreamed of pondering the various forms of missing someone and something. I also didn’t consider how homesickness sneaks up, gets triggered, comes in waves, can be debilitating and brings about profound realization… sometimes at the same time. I left Germany…

Summer in the city

I always underestimate how much weather influences my well-being. It is a beautiful sunny Sunday today. We hit the playground in the morning, splashed a bit in the fountain on the way home and now my son is out in the back planting some seeds while I get to do some housework (and sneaking some…

Letting go

Last weekend I had my third yoga teacher training session. We had a different instructor this time and that always changes the dynamics. It was very interesting. Lots of good work with standing poses. It made me feel very grounded and connected but also left me yearning for some growth or maybe just the need to become…