Monday, April 23, 2007

Coming together...

Since we last spoke, some big changes have come. Number one: I am going to be in the States for all of August. I hadn't planned on going home before Xmas but my mom bribed me in order to see me before then. This was the first year in 4 years when I hadn't had anything really planned for the summer:
Summer 2004: CA for a few weeks and Spain/Portugal
Summer 2005: 8 weeks in the States
Summer 2006: 9 weeks in South America

And for awhile I was glad but also vaguely "worried" that I didn't have anything planned this summer. I was looking forward to maybe chilling around Freiburg for part of the time and then perhaps flying into Thessaloniki, Greece and spending about 3 weeks making my up through the new EU countries of Bulgaria and Romania and seeing some more of the Balkan countries but that's okay, instead of that I'll be visiting: Home in southern California, San Diego, LA, Portland, Maine, Boston, New York and Philly. Those are some damn important places to visit and I think I will try and do a photo exhibition in New York this summer, try and get some more exposure.

Number two: my aunt is coming to visit me in October! It will be her first time to Europe and she will come with two friends and they will be here for Assiyeah's birthday! Of course that is almost 6 months away but any of you old enough know that time flies by way to fast, ya know? Just ask my folks, who just spent 2.5 weeks here in Central Europe and they had a blast. And I had the opportunity to finally pass my age in countries visited, hitting number 33 (Hungary) and 34 (Austria) with the folks. It's funny, I visited 20 countries in my first 30 years of life and my goal was to hit 20 more in the next 5 years and after coming back from my "birthday" trip in late May/early June, I should have another 2-4 countries (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia Herzogina) added to the list. Hell, I am almost gonna hit 20 more countries in 3.5 years but I should be able to make it. Why do I care? I don't know, I guess it's fun to catalog new experiences because our brains are made to catalog and categorize things and while spending a month in Greece in Spring 2002 is a lot different than just a week in Ireland in Summer 2005, they were completely different experiences and worthy of note, even the short ones.

Number three: My buddy Mooney and his girl are planning to visit me in September. He is planning on becoming only the 4th person to visit me more than once from California (my folks and Corrie being the others). If the plan works out okay, they will arrive and then almost immediately, we (hopefully with assiyeah too) will fly down to Malaga, Spain and have a week in a timeshare relaxing, seeing some old cities, drinking beer on the beach, throwing the frisbee, all that stuff.

Number four: I got my tax return, I don't have to pay so much and in fact I just paid it immediately so I can put the whole thing behind me. Being self-employed and doing taxes adds a certain stress-level because you can't always know if something is really a write-off or not but I write it off anyway! hahaha

Well, that's enough for a Monday evening, I have my second 6-day work week in a row and I'm already pooped!


At 10:50 PM, Blogger J said...

What about your work permit? Have you got that sorted out yet or have I missed a post?

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Nope, no work permit yet. I am still dealing with Rentenversicherung on a possible backpayment. Trust me, you will know when I get that permit buddy!

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Berlinbound said...

Are you a member of Hospitality Club? I went to one of their meetings here in Cologne.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Yes, I've been a member of hospitalityclub for more than 3 years. Cool, I went to a kick ass meeting here in Freiburg in December 2005, it was one of those epic nights.


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