A Blank New Page: A Fresh Start, New Plans

I told you a few times that I will write a more detailed post about what I’ve been up to, what changes I had to face and what new opportunities have arisen in the past two months, roughly. This is just so you know where I stand at the moment and where I will be heading.

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Nevertheless, you never know. Things might change overnight again and I have come to realize that this is probably just normal for someone who has finished their master’s and thus studies for good. Dealing with real life seems to be a little more difficult than I thought. Here is a quick update about my current situation. (Somehow, “my current situation” sounds bad but I am actually happy with where I am right now, so no worries). Let me start from the beginning.

I had to make a decision. Where did I want to go and be in January this year? I was planning to go to the U.S. Gosh, I was happy I at least had an idea of what I wanted to do after having returned from London in August and jumped right into work life.

Don’t get me wrong, many people would probably be happy to land a job right after having submitted their master’s thesis. And I was, no doubt about that. Nevertheless, it was not what I wanted to do for an unlimited period of time. It was rather just to gain more work experience while thinking about the next step.

However, right before the end of the year, I got an offer from an organization that is strengthening the cultural exchange between the States and Germany. They have an office in San Diego, California as well as here in Leipzig. 

The latter is where I moved for three months exactly a week ago. And now I see myself in a completely new, interesting environment regarding work and also Leipzig itself (I will soon let you know more about this city).

I will also have the opportunity to spend a few months in San Diego. But this will be another chapter to discuss.

It was very short notice but I am happy they want me to work with them. I now work in an environment that interests me alot.

I just recently found out yesterday that this year is Leipzig’s 1000 anniversary. 1000 years of history. Are you convinced that this city must be rich in culture?  

I still haven’t seen much of Leipzig except the Stasi Museum (Museum in the “Runden Ecke”).

Here is a short overview of what I want to see and do soon:

  • Bach Museum
  • Auerbachs Keller
  • Attend an Opera Performance
  • Have coffee at Napolean’s Coffee House
  • See the Asisi Panometer
  • Visit the Contemporary History Museum
  • go for a run at Clara-Zetkin Park and the Auenwald (alluvial forest)

This is a snapshot of downtown after work last week. 

I am also very happy that I found a good gym that is right opposite of my office. As they open quite early, I will get those muscles working before work. Nothing beats good morning workout - and you’re done for the day and can actually chill at night.

Saturday, I just spent focusing on my blog and doing basically nothing but reflecting upon the first week. A complete rest day. 

It was also very grey, rainy and generally stormy outside which justified my decision of just staying in. 

Sunday, I hit the gym, went for a quick run and spent the rest of the day out with Mr. T and new people.

I have a new path for now - for the next three months - but we’ll see what life holds for me. It never gets boring, that’s for sure.

As for further travel plans: I will be going to Berlin the last weekend in January, go back to London for three days for my official graduation mid February, which I couldn’t be more excited about and then travel to Paris for a weekend sometime in March together with T. I haven’t been there before so I am really looking forward to this trip. 

And that’s that. :-)

Any travel plans made on your side of the laptop?