Word of the Day

Der Nebel

A weather condition in which very small drops of water come together to form a thick cloud close to the land or sea ocean, making it difficult to see.

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Winter 2017-18

Back to “Reality”

After spending the past half a year prenting to be a “journalst”, environmental activist in the class room and learning to become a true “Heiner”, returning back to my curiousity across town and through the farm won’t be same again.

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Winter 2017-18

Winterwanderung um Lindenfels

January 21st, 2018

Every day is a new opportunity for firsts. For some it was their first time hiking without a cart, for others it was the first time they met an American who never had “Einkehr”, for me it was the first time getting hit in the face with some “German” snow.

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Word of the Day

Das Jubiläum

The annually recurring date of a past event, as of personal or historical importance.

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Word of the Day

Das Leitbild

A broad philosophy that guides the organization throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or the top management filter for decisions at all levels of the organization.

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Word of the Day


An act of giving one thing and receiving another in return.

If a new mobility has taught me anything else besides devoting myself to checking the weather forecast like its Gmail it has been that entropy will always find a way to prove Newton right. More simply said all things will eventually come to an end but if Dr. Seuss can lighten up Newton’s dim reality its to remain positive that the experience happened.

Apparently adapting to the city commute proved to be more of a challenge for Victoria than I had thought going months without any major repairs which soon caught up to her right in the gears.


Just as soon as I thought I had my mobility back in order being able to use half of my gears, my keys seemed to become more homesick than myself as they decided to stay in their locks leaving myself with two halves of what used to be my reassurance. The story gets even better as my fortune turned for the best with the back tire following a similar suit to the gear changer eager to test my patience on foot from the locksmith.

Although material items never last, friendships do. Despite food serving as a great way to bring nations together, it is reassuring to know that people are also there to help and to learn from. As I diagnose Victoria’s Weihnachts-comma, Cali will serve as my second best bet in the meantime continuing to turn the gears along this crazy adventure I find myself in the middle of.


Some people’s trash is other people’s treasure: securing my reputation at  Merck’s Christmas party I surprised many and made one colleague full of the Christmas spirit with a unique surprise. Not all that glitters are effect pigments – except for some broken bicycle parts.




Summer 2017

Die Wandertour

August 13th, 2017

Even abroad my passion for the exploring the great outdoors somehow found a way into the hearts and minds of my newly acquainted colleagues at Merck.

To my surprise, they took the liberty to arrange a hike in the Odenwald.


With our backpacks secured and stroller on board, we made our way through the neighboring village and up some pretty treacherous terrain.


Despite being off the job, Merck seemed to always be in view even on our day of rest.


As we approached our destination the differences between a Wanderung and a Klettern started to become very clear to me as we passed through a local winery. Clearly, this was something I was going to have to write home about after teasing my White Mountain torn boots.


What hessisch-excursion wouldn’t be complete without a Bembel of Apfelwine and a plate of Schnitzel?