The Beginning of Everything

This past weekend I had the chance to celebrate my friend’s 19th birthday. We gathered around the dinner table to share sweet memories with the birthday girl and I could feel the love radiating. Our food arrived and I was ready to feast. The taste of my burger exploded with flavor. After taking a couple of bites, I noticed something unique about my meal. A newspaper article titled “The Berlin Wall Falls” lined my plate. Coincidence? I’m not sure, but I suspect Dr. P was in the kitchen trying to hint in subtle ways that I should write this blog post. Well it worked because I am here writing it now! This subtle reminder of CR filled me with excitement knowing that in just over a month I will be in Berlin sharing meals and sweet memories with my new familia. CRAZY!!

Berlin is the beginning of everything. It is the first time we will be gathered together in Europe ready to take on the mysterious adventures that lie ahead. I do not know much about Berlin, but I have always been extremely fascinated with the history rooted in the culture of this city. I just recently found out that my grandpa was actually a pilot in the Berlin Airlift. I never had a chance to dive deep into this part of my grandpa’s life, but being in Berlin will present an opportunity to connect with my family history as well as listen to others. There is no better way to learn about a city than physically walking through the streets with an open mind and heart.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the sites that I am eager to visit. I have heard impactful stories from CR alum that this memorial allows for deep reflection. I would not consider myself a very reflective person so I think CR is going to help me grow tremendously in this aspect of my life. This memorial is designed to push us out of our comfort zones and feel emotions we didn’t even know existed. Heartbreak. Incomprehensible. Pondering. Isolated. Ominous. These are all words that CR 10 used to describe this memorial in their blogs. There is no way to predict how this city will impact us, so living in the moment and truly experiencing it for ourselves is important.

On a lighter note, I was presented with some short and sweet advice from members of CR10.

“Find the secret slide and lay naked in the park.”

Britney and Lauren from CR10

I am not quite sure where to begin dissecting this advice, but in true CR spirit, I am ready to be all in. This might not include laying naked in the park, but I guess we will just have to see how CR11 takes on Berlin! There are officially 37 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes and 3 seconds until I touch down in Berlin. However, the adventure started the moment I found out my dream to go on CR11 was a reality.

yeehaw for now,

Claire

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