Abroad to America

Abroad to America

Sorry for the post abscence, but my year has started off quite stressed. I had to go to America spontaneously for, unfortunately, a funeral. I had to go to my grandparents home in Alabama. It started out with a completely complicated flight but

Three countries and three layovers later

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I just get the feeling they are always trying to overcompensate for something…

I arrived in the home of the brave… on Inauguration day

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Definetly a yuge culture shock.

but luckily for me in my third layover I was greeted by a happy and familiar face

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Dallas welcome comittee

I got to visit some family during my Texas layover and got to take some off grandma’s fresh baked bread along to my final destination..

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“Please sir, its only banana, my grandma just baked it” -Aspen in airport detainment January 20, 2017

FYI dont ever take bread through TSA, they had a hay day,

but I was let go in time for my flight

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Dear DFW, Its been real, and its been good. but hasnt quite been real good

I arrived in Birmingham shortly after, and the events began.

To be honest. I am not the best with loss, and it was a very hard week. I am beyond thankful I am a runner, it was the best coping method I could have had to fall back on.

My grandma passed away and it brought up so many feelings from previous losses. My family is not so big and going back has always been hard. Luckily for me there was a great running track near my grandfathers house I was able to escape to in between runs around the neighborhood

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aka Shin splint city

I think I got in a good 28 km that week. It would have been more except for crazy southern thunderstorms. but I tried my best to get out whenever  the sky was moderately clear

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The trip as  whole was a good time for getting the closure I think I ultimately desired. My mind is still a bit distracted, but now that I am back in Munich I am my most happiest. I am so thankful I have found a place to call home and above all feel home.I can hop away to the mountains on the weekend or run around the city and work my way back up after a fall.

Whenever life gets hard, its good to be able to just go home.For me this is Munich.

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We never quite get over our losses. But I do believe we tend to absorb them and they carve us into different, often kinder creatures

 

 

Roving around Resevoir Canyon

Roving around Resevoir Canyon

Sunny California at its very best

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After a proper American breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, jammy toast and a heaping cup of hazelnut coffee, the team headed out to the hills.

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you better beleaf it

We headed off onto Resevoir Canyon, a trail covered in leaves and alined with dried creek beds. On one side we had a lush little lanes into the forest

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on the opposite, rollings hills full of agave and wild sage

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After spending so much time in the Alps, returning to my Californian roots was really refreshing

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I used to view it as this dry deserted valley, with only the old oak trees and the fear of slithering snakes hidden in the tall golden grass

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but this time around it was different, the curvature and topography of the grass lands really caught my eye

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and of course the rope swing

The way the sun lights up the rolling golden hills and path ways

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sun sun mister golden sun

The little rippling rivers around the ravines

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To most people California is a place of movie stars, shopping and parties, but seldom do people spend time taking it all in.

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The beauty and adventure out there

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To me, California is much more than the man made cities, it is a view of never ending golden waves,

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the dry scented air, warmth of the cloudless sky

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and the sun kiss on your skin as you leave the hills