Life Update: I’m Back in Germany

I’ve returned to Germany and am settling in.

After about two months of being away from blogging, I’ve returned!

When I last wrote I was just leaving my home in Hawaii.
I was experiencing a lot of emotions, especially in the week leading up to my flight (I’m utterly horrified of planes). Despite that I got on the plane after many tears and goodbyes.

I flew to LA to see my best friend for a week. I landed just before dawn, which is always a wonderful and terrible time to land in an airport. Overnight flights are the bane of my existence, but I’m always thankful when we land and there is a whole new day stretching out ahead of me. I spent an amazing week in which I actually sort of fell in love with Los Angeles adventuring with my best friend and checking off bucket list items (I’m talking about you Medieval Times!) It was everything that my heart needed before heading out to Germany.

Now I have been here in Germany over a month and I’m still settling in. Being reunited with my love was more than worth the 16+ hours of flights and layovers, and that’s saying a lot coming from me. There’s so much to say about all of that but in short I’m madly in love and walking on a tight-wire of legalities and establishing an income while living my best life with the love of my life.

I plan to write more about my recent travels in the coming weeks but I wanted to finish this post with a gigantic thank you to all of the people in my life who made this move possible for me. There is so much that goes into moving (abroad)— goodbyes, what to take, how to save up for the move, establishing where you will live and how— and I have so many loving people in my life who encouraged me endlessly. So this post is for you! Thank you! <3

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Saudade

I am known for having a fragile heart.
Traveling has only made it more obvious.

Travel gives you so many experiences that sometimes it feels like your heart may burst from all the things you’ve seen, and all the things that are left to see and do. The further you travel, the more you realize how much further there is to go.

I often wish that I could leave a piece of myself in every place that I’ve stayed and loved, so that I’d never have to truly leave. Sometimes it feels like every place I visit hollows out a little space in me that can never be filled in any other way than by returning.

As I’m preparing to leave Germany, even with a wonderful adventure ahead of me, I find a part of my heart melded in the most unexpected of places.

I suppose it is just a hazard of traveling with an open, fragile heart.

Love,
Ari

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