That is the word currently vibrating through my head.
I’ve been in autopilot for the past couple of months trying to get everything done that needed to get done. And this morning, I finally got to check the last box on my imaginary check list! Over the past month I have:
- Completed my bachelor thesis and thereby earned my bachelor’s diploma in Computer Science.
- Packed the entirety of my possessions into boxes so that they can be moved to my new apartment.
- Worked at getting my papers together so I could apply to renew my visa to remain in Germany (I’ll be getting my Master’s in the fall).
- Worked (at my job).
I had my appointment to renew my visa this morning and therefore could check off that last box on my TODO list. Unfortunately, they couldn’t renew my visa for my Master’s yet because I am not yet “accepted” to the University as a Master’s student (I don’t have my certificate of enrollment yet). The man at the Ausländersbehörde was very nice, however, and he extended my visa until the end of September so that I can get all of the paper’s together. *!WHEW!* That will not be an issue any more.
In any case, that milestone marked the official beginning of my vacation! And I am desperately in need of a vacation. I don’t think I have really taken a break since the end of last August. Even when I have had a couple of weeks off, I’ve usually spent it working. So I’m REALLY looking forward to this. A LOT.
Tomorrow, I am kicking off my vacation with a 22 hour trip. Stressful right? But I am fully aware the success of this trip will hinge on one thing: if “War and Peace” is really as good as everyone says it is. Because, as of 7:30 tomorrow morning, I am not only beginning a 22 hour trip, I am beginning the book by Leo Tolstoy that is apparently one of the best books written in any language ever. We’ll see if it is as entertaining as everyone says. I have high hopes. Of course, I can’t seem to find anybody that I actually know who has actually read the book. Then again, I’m not sure the people I asked have ever read Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo, David Copperfield or any of the other great classics that I have read and loved. They probably even consider Lord of the Rings to be too long, and that’s one of the most epic books ever written. So, undeterred by my friends’ opinions about the correlation between the length of a book and how interesting it is, I remain extremely hopeful as to the quality of the read. I also intend to read “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but that will be on the return flight.
I intend to have a great time and to fully reboot over the next four weeks. I can’t wait to see my family and friends, and I am especially excited to meet my new niece!
And I intend to have a great time playing around with my new Lenovo ThinkPad x230, which is already waiting for me in the states. 4GB Ram and a 3.2 GHz processor! I am going to have fun!