Belated blog launch, or the beauty of having to write everything twice
About a month after lanuching the german version of my blog, I am finally starting to write in english as well. I guess it doesn't not make too much sense to translate outdated life updates, so I will make a fresh start here. I will however try to translate some of the general interest entries about movies and photography. One would think the christmas break would have been great for that, but somehow it just didn't happen.
So, let's dive in. What is this place? In general it is meant to be a place for me to share things I am exicted about, and to let people know what's going on in my life. So far I have been writing mostly about movies and photography, one old and one very new passion of mine. I hope to expand this a bit in the future to include my thoughts on other topics as well, but we will see.
You can find the german version of this blog at the main page https://www.jfsweb.org/, but I guess it is more important to mention that you can find photos that I made and that don't have a dedicated blog post at https://www.jfsweb.org/photos-1/, or via the site navigation of course.
One post from the german blog I can recommend even if you can't read it, contains some photos of the countryside close to my parent's house back at home in the winter sun: https://www.jfsweb.org/home/2016/12/27/wintersonne.
Leaving the introductory stuff behind, let's get you up to speed with my American adventure. I moved to West Lafayette in Indiana about two months ago, after spending a couple of months at CERN. I guess it's fair to say that I am still settling in, but so far I'm enjoying the experience, even if it more or less started with the disastreous election, which of course dampend the mood significantly. Most of my daily life is spent in the bubble of the international science community at Purdue, so there is not too much of an impact of the election I can see so far myself, but you can feel it very much when you leave that bubble.
In that regard I have been really lucky because I stayed my first month here with Jennifer, who rented me a room in her house via airbnb and who became my first friend in the new country. She greatly helped to make the start here as easy as it has been, for example by taking me along to Thanksgiving dinner at her friend's place, which was a really cool experience of the American lifestyle. Also, she's from the Bernie Sanders camp, so talking politics with her is very easy with an european political compass ;-)
So, everything's going well? Yeah, mostly. I am now settled in my own appartment close to campus, took up photography as a hobby, was colder than I a had been in a long time and have a new definition of what a slippery walkway is. But nevertheless I was very happy to be at my parent's place over the holidays with my family and friends and fill up on warm and fuzzy feelings of home.
But now I am back and will be here for the next three month before my next trip to CERN, so I am happy and ready to really start my American experience and finally get out of West Lafayette and explore the country once the weather gets a bit better.