It's certainly been a while! A year and a week to be precise. Suffice it to say that a lot has happened in the past year, and that the person who is writing these words now is not the same one who blogged about summer some 372 days ago... I mean, physically it's the same person (plus or minus a few pounds) but emotionally, spiritually, metaphysically, and fortunately, I'm- as the Americanized Germans would say- uber different.
Not different enough that I won't go on about summer however. Oh ya, did I mention...?
Huzzah! I would be lying if I said I didn't miss this. Something strange happened this school year though. I was actually sad to see the semester end, for the first time ever. "Why?" you might ask, given that you're actually reading this and are actually interested. Why indeed. For a few reasons, actually:
1. I spent the semester getting my scientific scuba diving certification, conducting my own field research, taking sustainability courses, and generally enjoying life.. on the ever-gorgeous Santa Catalina Island. This basically means that I was completely and utterly happy for 99% of the semester.
2. As a result of the relative geographic isolation of the island, coupled with the company of truly GOOD people and the opportunity to pursue subjects which I'm extremely passionate about, I finally got over my ex. Just had to throw that one in... still smiling and patting myself on the back for it too.
3. In exactly 12 days, I'll be on an international flight headed to Germany to embark on a European backpacking adventure with my best friend of 11 years. Obviously, I couldn't be more ecstatic... but still, there's something magical about the excitement leading up to the trip that I'll miss once I'm back home when all is said and done. (But I'm still pretty freakin excited)
So that's just about where everything's at right now.