Birthdays, hedgehogs and job search

Trip Start Oct 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

I have moved to a new temporary home at my friend Fraenzis family who lives in Bolligen, Switzerland, just over the hill from where I was before in Guemligen. She is one of my other longtime friends and we have known each other since kindergarten. Now we enjoy having some time together and catching up on each others life. Her husband Simon and the two boys Benji (15) and Gabriel (9) are great and easy hosts too, and Andrea, the 18 year old daughter has graciously given up her room for me for the time being! Through many discussions with my friends and family, times of reflection on my own and journaling, I have come to the conclusion to stay in Switzerland for a while and seriously look for a job. This means, buckling down and coming up with a german curriculum vitae and cover letter and making myself look like the person the company absolutely wants to hire! I am still working on it and checking the job openings. There are jobs available but one is rarely the only applicant and has to stand out in the competition. At this point I am looking for any kind of job as I will need some time to find out if I can work in the PT field. Physical Therapist Assistant does not exist here as a profession and I do not yet know if my massage certification is accepted and may help me getting into the health/rehab field. Time will tell. As I am trying to translate my PTA resume into german I realize I sound like one of those horrible Google translators where a text makes no sense or is totally twisted in its meaning in the end. I will need to find someone from the PT field here to help me find the correct wording.
Soon I will be able to move into "my studio" in Guemligen, which is a spacious basement room with view into the garden. I will continue my painting tradition and paint the room first before moving in. Tabita, my “landlord” is an energetic and easy going 50+ with whom I will be sharing the bathroom and kitchen with. I am looking forward to having my own 4 walls again and settling in for a bit more than just a temporary situation. It is a new start again alright! Now I hope that the job situation will work out soon too so that I can pay my rent...
I spent a lovely BirthDay with the perfect mix of time to myself and being with friends. Since my birthday is the same as the national independence day, I had a party without having to do anything since my friends here have the tradition of having some friends over anyway on that day. It ended up being  beautiful day (mind you: the news said that this July was the worst July since the past 20 years!) and I spent a good amount of time walking along the Aare river, taking a short boat trip and sitting by the water reading.
Since I am here in CH I have had the chance to reconnect with many old friends and relations which has been really nice. One time, when visiting with Simone who used to be an exchange high school student living with us, I happened to see a couple I used to be friends with, that I had not seen in at least 15 years. I joined them at the restaurant where they were sitting, and we briefly caught up on each others life. I guess in a small country like Switzerland it is easier to walk into people like this!

So, here I am; the place I did not think I would move back to.  Those of you who watch world economics may have heard about the sky rocketing value of the Swiss Franc these days and consequently, the plummeting value of the Dollar and Euro. Even though it is a worrisome trend concerning Swiss exports and the state of the Euroepean economy, the economic boom here seems to be going pretty strong yet. Therefore,I am trying to ride the wave of a strong Swiss economy and take my part from it!
A funny detail of life's humorous ways is that my new home will be just next door to where I used to live when Merlin and I lived in CH for 2 years. However, this is such a completely different stage in my life now, that it does not feel like a step back or re-living the past. Maybe it is an invitation to embrace all stages and times of my life: to become aware of how all of these different pieces are woven together to become the beautiful fabric of what my life is now. As I am thinking of settling in, I realize that it is about time to discontinue the blog. Since, really, I am not traveling much anymore, but will have a “normal” life of working and living in a (somewhat) permanent place. But I will wait to show you my newly painted place and hopefully news of a job!

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For those of you who like quotes here is another one from Richard Rohrs Daily Meditations that I liked and would like to share with you:

Usually, without growth being forced on us, few of us go willingly on the
spiritual journey. Why would we? The rug has to be pulled out from
beneath our game, so we redefine what balance really is. We eventually
get a feel for true balance when we fall and rise a number of times.
More than anything else, this falling/rising cycle is what moves us into
the second half of our own lives. All falling, no growth! Always on
top, no growth! There is a “necessary suffering” to human life, and if
we avoid its cycles we remain immature forever. It can take the form of
failed relationships, facing our own shadow self, conflicts and
contradictions, disappointments, moral lapses, depression in any number
of forms. All of these have the potential to edge us forward in life,
or dig in our heels even deeper, producing narcissistic and adolescent
responses that everybody can see except ourselves.
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Esther Yoder on

Thanks for sharing your exciting journey and thoughts about it. Also, if you need a reference from the states on your work, I will be most happy to give you a great one--providing it can be written in English. I was never successful in sending an email on TravelPod, which reflects my computer partial illiteracy. Esther

kerry kepp on

Happy B-Day Rita!!!!!!!!!!! I've enjoyed reading your blogs, they are very inspiring. I have 2 daughters getting married within a year of ea other, I will enjoy the family time it brings. Much love to you, kerry.

sonia Mantilla on

Dear Rita
I am sad you are stopping your blog since I really have enjoyed following your journey. I just want to wish you the best luck.

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