A Chance to See Beyond Oneself
 
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I am very grateful for my new life in Germany. Though it is challenging at times living in new country and learning a new language, it has been very rewarding. I continue to take German classes 5 days a week and work part time for the family I am living with. An important step I needed to take in order to move to Germany was to drastically reduce my number of possessions. I discuss my approach to living with less below.


Living with Less

‘It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men [and women] from living freely and nobly.’ ~Bertrand Russell

About a year ago, I had a realization - I had too much stuff. And I realized that each possession I owned took a significant amount of time to manage and it kept me from being mobile. So I decided to take a more minimalistic approach and I begun decluttering my life.

 
 
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And so my new life begins in another country on another continent in a new culture with a foreign language.

I arrived in Germany August 2, 2010. I am staying with a family in a small village in the south of Germany, near the Swiss and Austrian border (the closest major city is Lindau). I am residing in a small camper next to the family's house. I considerate it a great pleasure to have my own space, even though it lacks a bathroom and insulation. But I have no complaints, I feel so fortunate to be able to stay with this hospitable and generous family and to enjoy the Bavarian surroundings.