I Finished A Book
That shouldn’t be a big accomplishment but since high school, I can’t tell you how many books I actually started and finished. Maybe 2? 3? I have no idea, but for this past Christmas my brother gave me Siddartha, which I finished it 2 weeks ago when I had that ridiculous amount of time to wait in the Frankfurt train stations.
I hadn’t heard of it but a lot of people interrupted me whilst reading on the subway to tell me that was their favorite book, or something along the lines of props to you for reading such a deep and inspiring book. It’s about “the spiritual journey of self-discovery named Siddartha, during the time of the Gautama Buddha” (stolen from the Wikipedia page sry they can explain things a lot better than I can). It was written by Herman Hesse and this was the English translation from the original German text. So after my 3.5 week intensive German course I totally could have read it in German, right? ha ha
Anyway, if you haven’t read it, please do. There’s a lot of amazing quotes and inspiring themes that are pretty perfect for any 20-something who has no idea where they’re going to be in a year, let alone tomorrow, cause who really knows that? And isn’t that the best part? We’re all completely lost in our own way and are constantly looking to “find ourselves.” I put that in quotes because I thought that meant nothing until I read this book. Not saying that I’ve “found myself” after reading it, but saying I have a better understanding of the journey to get there.
One of the major themes is how Siddartha becomes engulfed in materialism. On Friday night I experienced that terrible event that so many owners of an iPhone have also had the misfortune of experiencing. According to the bits of memory I have, I placed my phone on a ledge under the window in the bathroom, picked it up and managed to drop it perfectly face down on the screen. If you’ve dropped your phone, you know how terrifying that feeling is when you first pick it up to see the damage. My screen is definitely the worst I’ve ever seen but it made a pretty cool pattern, good job gravity/force/whatever you are.
After that, I was really upset (mostly because I was not entirely sober) but I woke up the next morning extremely mad at myself, second for being an idiot and dropping it but first because I cried about dropping a goddamn iPhone, which can be (kind of easily) be replaced. I hate my attachment to material things – besides my orange water bottle which is also being replaced THANK GOD – but especially my phone. I’ll be without a phone for at least a day this week, which is scary but so necessary. Somehow T-Mobile offers a pretty good international plan so I have unlimited text and data worldwide, which I need especially since I live in 2 different countries throughout the year (this one even more). It’s a blessing and a curse. A curse because I hate the constant access I have to social media, and a blessing because I can easily keep in touch with people. The reason I like flying so much is because you can be completely disconnected from the world for that short period of time (I feel that way a bit less now cause of the Malaysian flight but I mean flights don’t go missing THAT often). I definitely don’t mind being able to post a daily photo on Instagram though, and I WILL get all these photos printed when my travels are over. How scary is it to think that so many people will barely have any photos to actually hold in the future? Yeah your Instagram might be really cool but your phone will break (like mine 🙂 ) and pixels of a picture on a screen got nothing on an actual, physical, printed photo. I carry my film camera everywhere and I can’t wait to get all the rolls developed at the end of this.
So right now my goal is to use my phone less and reread Siddartha. For the majority of the time that I was sitting in the Frankfurt train stations, I was distracted by focusing on my surroundings to make sure a pigeon wasn’t pecking my feet or a homeless person wasn’t approaching me. It’s definitely a book that would be worth to read more than once.
Since Dublin and London things here have been sehr gut. I finished my “intensive” German course (hopefully passed the final *fingers crossed*). The weather has continued to be absolutely gorgeous, besides a random hour of snow last Monday. But that was actually kind of nice too, as much as I don’t miss it, it reminded me of home. I only get pangs of homesickness when I’m alone or thinking too much by myself.
We stayed out until the sunrise this morning and it was definitely worth it. We went to Ludwigsburg last weekend, a really nice city just north of Stuttgart. I had my first dönner kebab and my life was changed for the better. It’s no Toronto street meat/Brooklyn slice/Smoke’s poutine, but it’s definitely the greatest, greasiest food I’ve had here so far.
Anyway I don’t know how I’m still awake right now and this is the first week of actual classes. I went to 2 last week and it’s really refreshing to have the opportunity to learn about such different topics here. I have 2 courses that actually fall under the “Industrial Print Media” minor that we’re technically supposed to be doing, but why do all those when we could learn about mobile app development? Exactly ok going to pass out now zzzzZZZZ
xoxo pce nd blessings