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A Very Quick Post Without Pictures or Anything Interesting

I decided it's better to write a short, lame post than never post. I think I've been feeling that I need some really nice post (with pictures!) telling everything that's been going on in my life in order to be worthy to post. And I'm not sure when that will happen. So for now, a bullet list:
  • Switzerland: I was there for about five days, visiting relatives who live in Basel, who took me skiing in the Alps for a day. Before anyone gets too jealous, the snow was really bad and it didn't come close to the skiing I did in Vail with Bethany's family last spring. I spent the rest of the time exploring Basel and the surrounding area. One highlight (to show how much of a nerd I am): Erasmus's grave.
  • Hamburg: I visited Hamburg this Tuesday solely to see The Decemberists perform live. They didn't disappoint too much, although they were much more entertaining when we saw them last year at Sokol. In addition to the show, I was able wander around Hamburg and spend a restless night sharing a room with two random, snoring middle-aged men in the "youth" hostel there.
  • Birthday: I'm now 23. The highlight of my birthday was a birthday present in the mail from Bethany. Aww :)
  • Moving?: Another birthday present was an email telling me that my contract in the Wohnheim has come to an end, probably isn't renewable, and I need to move out in 13 days. That came as a total surprise, and apparently I need to read my contracts better in the future. And learn German first in order to do so. I hope to find out Sunday whether I can stay here or not.
  • Academics: I finished up classes, getting my Scheine (papers proving I passed the classes), and am now trying to track down some archival material of Friedrich August Tholuck, related to my thesis on Charles Hodge's years in Germany. I'm also trying to finish up a scholarship application for grad school, while waiting to hear back on the status of my applications to grad schools. I've been accepted to Madison (my second choice), so I'm waiting to here back on the other three.
  • Bethany: She'll be here in three weeks! We've been planning our travels around Europe and counting down the days.
  • Reading: Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden, Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
  • Listening: The Tigers Have Spoken by Neko Case, Gulag Orkestar and Lon Gisland EP by Beirut


Counting down the days: 20! Have that Coke and Saltzstangen ready, cause here I come. :)

The highlight of your birthday wasn't the message I left on your Skype phone??!!

mmm...beirut. i am glad to hear that you are listening to it. i am glad to listen to it all the time.

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