Where am I?
I just arrived in Munich. I’m staying in Germany for a month, living in a small but lovely town in the countryside called Gilching, one hour west of the city.
It’s been one month and ten days since I left Japan (temporarily) to spend a few months in Europe.
Before moving here, I spent a little over a month in Katwijk aan Zee, a beautiful seaside village forty minutes away from Amsterdam. It was my second time there and I love the place even more the longer I stay. By the sea I always find the peace, inspiration and tranquility I so much enjoy and yearn for.
How am I?
To be completely honest with you, I’ve been a roller coaster of emotions for the past month and a half. Professionally – the main reason that I’m here – it’s being great. The constant change of environments, the dynamism brought by new projects being carried out around me, the rapid improvement consequence of new and continuous feedback, the access to new resources and information, everything I sometimes wish I had back in Japan.
Personally though, I don’t even know what to say or where to start. I’ve come to Europe alone, and having got used to share my life with someone else I’ve come to find odd to keep all these new experiences to myself. I feel like a strange man in a strange land. Everything around me is beautiful, I find new friends, and I learn new things; but I’m constantly longing for how things were before. No matter how many times I tell myself to enjoy the present, my mind comes back to Japan and everything that Japan means to me today.
I miss home.
New places, new habits.
On a more positive note, I’ve always noticed that away and alone is where I get to reboot myself. Being on my own is when I get to see the big picture of what my life has become. I find the time to assess how things were and how I want them to be, which aspects of my life I want to keep and which of them I want gone. I get to remove bad behaviors and start learning new, healthier habits. So far, I’ve been very much focused on eating healthier, sleeping better, and paying more attention to the things that really bring me joy.
The PhD is going fine, progressing at a good pace.
Here is a brief summary of some other things I’m enjoying at the moment:
- What I’m reading: Hippie, by Paulo Coelho.
- What I’m watching: Narcos Season 3
- What I’m learning: How to eat and sleep better.
- What I’m experimenting with: Intermittent fasting. I’ve been doing a variant of the circadian diet (also called TRF diet, Time Restricted Feeding) in which I restrict myself to eat in a window of 8 to 9 hours everyday. No big changes to report so far other than the weight loss (2.5 kg/5.5 lb in 20 days) and the extra savings $$.
Last update: October 14, 2018.