I was born in rural Iowa, though not on a farm, thank you very much. At the age of five, my family moved to the booming metropolis of Cedar Rapids, where I stayed until high school graduation. I went to college at the University of Minnesota, where I was introduced the sensation of having the inside of your nostrils actually freeze. The payoff was, I met most of my closest friends. When I was 22, the opportunity to move to Germany arose and I tentatively took it. I’m now typing this from my very own kitchen, on my very own IKEA table, in my own apartment in Berlin, where I’ve been living for over 3 years now. I plan to be here until it doesn’t excite me anymore.
Of course, that little personal history glosses over quite a bit of my life. I’ve been through a lot of tough times…which sucked, and have left me with a painfully sarcastic (public) outlook on life, as well as a (very secret internal) optimistic side. The upside is, I think I’ve dealt with several of the uglier things life has to offer, and I survived. I also hope (here’s my optimism creepin’ out) that I’ve “paid my dues” to a certain extent and can live out the rest of my life relatively hassle-free.
I’ve never written a blog…Actually, I’d never even read a blog until last week, so bear with me. I’ll do my best to come up with something interesting.