Four years and counting…

The last few weeks I have been feeling rather introspective. Summer is finally on the doorstep; the long days and even more so the warm evenings usually have me clambering for the door handle to be outside as much as possible. However, I found all I have been wanting to do is sitting in a…

Do more of what makes you happy: Remember joy

I know this guy… his name and his song have followed me now for many years. He used to teach at the Yogapod in North Vancouver, my old yoga digs. The studio has closed down because of the „condomization“ of North Vancouver (read: tear down any building you can, build condos, sell for as much…

There and back again… Part 3

The letter has arrived… I found out on Thursday morning standing in my kitchen. I would be taking my oath of citizenship in two weeks time. No clue yet how to handle flights, work and whether taking the family might be a bad idea (read: renewed homesickness). Five minutes later… I am making tea, turning…

Where it all startet II

Everything in life comes full circle. Nothing new there. I have been struggling with acceptance lately and suddenly… flash… I stopped holding on. My mind cleared. We were cleaning house today. Such a relief to tackle some of that clutter. I so needed that. Then I picked up one of my yoga books, I forgot…

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…

What rattles and goes up and down at the same time?!

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for work. Despite the fact that the weather was awfully wet (what a West Coast thing to do, complaining about the rain!), I loved being there. It was like a big version of Vancouver. Well, maybe not quite. But it had…

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…

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…