I’ve been west for a couple days, and had free time yesterday in between work and travel. Last time I was in this part of the country was over ten years ago, when I drove to Las Vegas to go rock climbing. Right now I’m in Palm Springs, which my brother called “the high desert”….and I think I’m in love :)
the openness, the ruggedness, and the warm days and cool nights. I’ve reassessed my plan to spend a couple months in Deutschland in favor of a road trip back here.
My favorite thing about plans and resolutions is to see how they change.
It wasn’t a new year’s resolution to either learn German or to spend a couple months there, but it was a strong plan that formed early this year. The learning German part has been great- about three months in, I can understand almost everything that goes on at German Conversation Group (where a number of people are fluent or German)…I write 3 or so pages in it every morning, Anna and I speak deutsch throughout the workday, and I’m reading Harry Potter and Siddartha in German (the former is much more difficult…surprisingly.) However…
Being in this desert environment has seriously re-formed my interests and desires. I’d rather spend a month camping here than in a large European city. Additionally, it will be easier to continue my ‘jobs’ from within the US with a 3 hour time difference…
Something about the space here leads me to be less afraid, more willing to try things that I find uncomfortable (like camping) because being outside here feels_so_good_____.