Monday, 26 May 2014

Green Pastures

It's a Monday morning, and despite the rain that's falling outside, I'm not complaining that the new week has begun.

Having said that, we did also have a wonderful weekend, which I was a little sad to see ending. Thinking back on it, the grass is feeling pretty green right where we are right now.

On Saturday morning Malcolm and I cycled down to another Student Residence in our area to hang up a poster. Then, since we were down the hill already and didn't feel like heading straight back up again, we decided to cycle along the Lahn, which soon turned into a cycle to Niederweimar See (about 8km by the route we took). It was a little rainy, but that's sometimes a good thing because then we can cycle next to each other and talk, instead of having to constantly make way for other cyclists. Plus, by the time we were heading back home, the sun was out and it had warmed up nicely.






That afternoon we went to the "50 Jahre Richtsberg" celebration... a street festival/party thing in a road close by. There was really traditional-sounding singing and music as we walked down, and when we arrived it was fun seeing the little children running around with balloons, the various things for sale, different stands for organisations, and games and activities for kids. It was really cool to be out celebrating how far this neighbourhood has come in 50 years. Wikipedia calls it the "integration district" since over 80 nations are represented in this neighbourhood of 9000 people. While some consider this amount of immigrants and a negative thing, I see it as something really amazing, that so many different cultures merge here.











My love for where we are right now grew on Sunday when we continued with a Cakeparty, though 'rebranded' and reorganised a bit, so that it is now an event that falls under "Internationale Studenten am Richtsberg". It's so good to get to know others in our building and welcome them into the area, and build friendships with people who we live so close to. I'm really looking forward to seeing more people attending so that the circle grows and that we establish a sense of community across cultures and nations! Exciting times in Richtsberg!

So, that was the weekend, and now the week starts.
I'll be officially starting work tomorrow, and Thursday marks a year since our feet left South African soil. How good and faithful God is to us! I'm really looking forward to this week with new starts, reflection and celebration!

10 comments:

  1. After the first year is done things really do seem to fall into place!

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  2. We usually bike on the dirt roads and they aren't busy at all so we get to bike next to each other and chat--that's always fun. Looks like there was quite a party going on! And one year already? I bet the time flew by!

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  3. Such a great adventure. That street party seems very cool. So many cakes!

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  4. looks like a wonderful weekend :) we like biking in the cloudy/rainy weather too - not just because we beat the crowds, but we can go much further without the sun beating so harsh :)

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  5. Love your yellow dress! All your adventures look so fun! And... all those cakes on that table!! Ahh! =)

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  6. Thanks, Malcolm calls me his sunflower when I wear it ;) And yes, the cakes!!! There certainly was a lot of cake this weekend!!!

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  7. That's a good point too!

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  8. It was pretty cool, and the cake table was very tempting!!

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  9. It's definitely more fun getting to ride side by side - the paths here are often just too narrow when others come from ahead. And yes, the time has flown by super-fast!!!

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