I can't lie. This week, I am feeling the grind. And I know that I am not the only one. No matter who I talk to, everyone is feeling some form of corona fatigue. Paired with winter fatigue, it can feel like a inexplicable weight.
Food adventures: KENKA (Manhattan, NY)
This is not necessarily a family friendly restaurant. But the food made more than up for it.
Christmas past 2019: Family in town
In December, my parents, my baby sister, my younger brother and his girlfriend decided to join us in New York for the holidays. It honestly meant a lot to have them in our new home town and have the people that mean so much to me get to spend time together.
Christmas past 2018: Reunion and pain management
We were lucky enough that by the end of the year I still had a good portion of vacation days left over. Paired with German national holidays and weekends, I was able to join him in New York for a little over 3 weeks throughout December which was a big luxury.
Christmas past 2017: Our first roller-coaster
Our first Christmas together was a roller-coaster. We were living in Hamburg (Germany) at the time and had made plans to spend Christmas eve with my younger siblings and their significant others at our family home on the outskirts of Berlin.
Life in a pandemic #4: Where do we go from here?
This year has been a grind for all of us. The ups and downs in short succession can feel like the ocean is tossing us all over the place.
Life in a pandemic #3: Did I catch it?
On a Wednesday in May, I suddenly had trouble breathing and my heart kept racing. Additionally, my throat was scratchy and I lost my sense of smell and taste. I felt super fatigued and I had a hard time formulating clear thoughts and concentrating.
Life in a pandemic #2: Trying out new ways
By the end of that first month, my cabin fever was raging. I was miserable, physically and mentally. I was anxious and lacked perspective, maybe I was even slightly depressed. My spirit felt caged with no end in sight.
Life in a pandemic #1: The start of a crazy year
I was still optimistic when COVID-19 started picking up speed back in March and thought that we would be back to normal within 1-2 months.
Food adventures: Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop (Brooklyn, NY)
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for doughnuts. It's a truly guilty pleasure of mine and please don't bring up the actually calorie count.
Food adventures: Mango Mango Dessert (Manhattan, NY)
My love took me here initially in December 2019 as a surprise date. It's a tiny shop with 4 tables. The menu has a lovely selection of teas, desserts and cakes and so far, everything I have tried has been lovely.
Through others’ eyes: “Duty first, then the enjoyment”
Living abroad and/or with a significant other from a different cultural background, you sometimes see yourself and your upbringing through a different set of eyes. Things that you might not otherwise question and usually take for granted can very suddenly be open for interpretation and reflection.