Light & Dark

I am completely taken with our Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color exhibition. I am so taken, in fact, that Liam Neeson showed up yesterday to rescue me.

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Successes and Compromises

Hiya readers! This is the first attempt at journaling that I’ve ever actually kept up with, which both surprises and satisfies me. It’s actually something I look forward to doing now. In such a foreign place it’s easy to sit around and not interact with people, staying in my room when I’m not working. I was in this agitated liminality that felt really suffocating. But I found a gym I like, I look forward to walking to work in the morning, and I listen to podcasts, write, and read on the weekends (with the occasional YouTube binge). It’s nice. Nicer than it was for awhile– no matter how much you love adventure, there’s a massive difference between touring a place and living somewhere. Living requires stability, routine, and laundry. Personally, the biggest obstacles that I’ve encountered here are the prosaic ones I’d find moving to any new city. I’m definitely out of my element, and was desperately grasping at normalcy for awhile, but I am tougher than I originally gave myself credit for. But of course, the extra difficulty of not knowing the language very well doesn’t exactly help (which was daunting to deal with at first).

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