time to share with you yet another reason why i’m nowhere ready to leave france just yet.
but first, let me first tell you a short story. i dug up these photos years ago and have always been enthralled by the mysterious people in them. mainly because they are obviously not asians so they really stand out in the stack of ancient family photos.
when my mom was a college student in taiwan, she needed a place to live. so back then, one found housing in taiwan not by reading ads in papers… but by just knocking on people’s doors. so she knocked on a door of a nice house, and found a family from germany living there.
the father was a chemistry professor teaching for a year and brought his entire family over. they had just arrived and happened to need someone to help show them around and be their guide. voila! so my mom lived with them. she became super close with one of the daughters and had a wonderful time living with them.
after that, they went back to germany, and as expected… lost contact.
but i’ve got their names. yellowed photos. their old address. their handwritings. their city. the university. therefore, for my last vacation in april, i’ll be spending a few days in germany to see if i can find any of them.
i’m in love with the search itself. not the result. it isn’t important that i actually find them. what’s important is the learning of german. the physical act of actually traveling to germany. the exploring of a city. the talking to people.the visiting of a university. the tasting of something delicious at a restaurant or bakery while i’m there. the wandering around. the visiting of the university. the discovering of something random. etc.
which is why i’m boycotting the internet for searching. because it’s too quick, too easy, and cuts out all the adventure. if my physical search “fails” then of course i’ll start googling. but not until at least after i’ve tried it my way.
and besides, i can use technology to search from anywhere. but to be neighbors with germany is a lot tougher, so i’d rather take advantage of my proximity to germany while i’m here in france.