It’s 6 AM here in Berlin and I’m packing my suitcase to head back to Chicago and eventually Auburn for the holidays.
Last Friday I let the revised draft of the first chapter go: sent out into the ether with a few clicks (oh how I love Dropbox). Do I feel good about how it reads? Not really. But, I’m glad it’s out there hovering for the moment. One thing I’m learning about this dissertation process is that it’s good to let things go sometimes simply for the purpose of moving on. Or, as my dad would say, “sometimes you have to turn Granny’s portrait to the wall.”
It’s been a Christmassy few days here and I did make it to my obligatory Weihnachtsmarkt on Saturday night. I went to two, actually. I also truly enjoyed Gluhwein for maybe the first time. Mulled wine isn’t my favorite drink in the world, but it was such a bitterly raw night that I can see why it became popular.
For those of you in Berlin- next time you go to the Neuköllner Weihnachtsmarkt in Rixdorf, get your food and drink in front of the butcher on Karl-Marx-Platz located outside the actual market. It’s cheaper than the stuff inside, and better! Then you can enter the throng buzzed from the first Gluhwein and refill as necessary.
Finally, today I have a suggestion rather than a recipe: invest in a decent piece of cheese every once in a while. Living off of grant budgets calls for thrift, and I’ve mostly eliminated such treats from my diet. I was reminded last weekend though how much a couple of extra Euros can go around here. Worth every cent.