Jenny + A Bakers Dozen = Berlin, Germany

DSC_6384

(View from the train on my way from Frankfurt to Berlin)

We were both 16 when Jenny flew over the pond to live in my village for a year. After visiting her home country, uh more specifically, her home city, I can’t even begin to imagine what she was thinking during her first week in Middleville. With the cows and the farms, and more cows. When Jenny first saw a picture of the beautiful home in the middle of the woods that she would be living in for a year in Michigan, she said it looked perfect. Her experience actually living with an American family was a bit different, but we won’t dwell on that. Because Jenny made lasting friendships.

One of them being me.

DSC_6388

The last time I saw this face she was in Seoul for a two day layover on her way back from Australia… four years ago. This trip marked the third time in 13 years that I spent time with Jenny. In a world where everything changes in the blink of an eye, it’s a blessing when some things stay exactly the same… only maybe a bit better.

DSC_6392  DSC_6395DSC_6401

A ten minute bike ride from Jenny’s place and BOOM, we are at the Berlin wall… well what’s left of it in this part of the city.

DSC_6406 DSC_6421 DSC_6425  DSC_6443 DSC_6445 DSC_6450  DSC_6480 DSC_6462 DSC_6484

I made Jenny hang out on that bridge for at least ten minutes to get a picture of a train coming (or going).

DSC_6504DSC_6495DSC_6513 DSC_6507 DSC_6516

DSC_6521

DSC_6525 DSC_6535 DSC_6538

And then we got caught in the storm.

DSC_6555 DSC_6558 DSC_6564

Yes. I was in Germany during the 2014 World Cup. Yes. I watched Germany crush Brazil. Yes. It was crazy.

Jenny actually felt really bad at the end of the game saying, “I hope Brazil gets at least one goal…” And then they did! Walking to the metro that night I witnessed people running in the streets, screaming and waving flags, hanging out of car windows, jumping in front of cars and giving high fives to drivers. It was insane.

DSC_6585 DSC_6579 DSC_6609  DSC_6631 DSC_6620 DSC_6649DSC_6638 DSC_6646  DSC_6664DSC_6657

From America, to Asia, to Europe… Until we meet again my friend. (Next time let’s go SOUTH!)

Advertisements

One thought on “Jenny + A Bakers Dozen = Berlin, Germany

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s