Dang. It’s all over.
I do enjoy the air conditioning in my parent’s home, but I cannot believe the 11wks in Berlin is up. It all went so fast. The flight home was terrible 🙂
I really appreciated my time with Derdack. It was the perfect place to work as I transition to a career that will focus in IT. I learned a ton about industries dealing with cloud computing and IoT. I can also away with a truly international work experience as we worked with customers around the world as well as our office in Richmond. Moving forward I look to keep in touch with many of the people I worked with as they are very knowledgeable about the headspace they work in. They have been doing it for almost 20 years, so I will look to learn from the best. If school and work is not too busy in the fall, I may be writing content for them remotely from Pittsburgh, which could be a cool way to keep in touch, and learn about new tech trends.
Saying goodbye to friends I made while abroad was especially hard. Many of them would say, “Oh. You’ll be back. I will see you in a year or two.” That was a hard thing to hear because honestly I do not know when I will be able to go back. I feel that most of the friendships made were genuine even though I only knew the people for a short amount of time. That is quite different from the States. Shoutout to my international homies: Lafayette, Paz, Adi, Joachim, Sven, Will, Peter, Filip, Melissa, Owen, James… y’all rock. I will see ya when I see ya.
I am going to miss the German people. I will miss the food, the punctual public transportation, the music, the direct style of communication… everything. Half the people in Berlin were not even German. I will miss running into interesting people from all over the world. I will never forget that.
With all of this said, I am excited to come back to school, and return to a normal schedule as I have not slept well in two months. Between a complicated juggling act of work/play and a poor mattress… my body just aches. I cannot wait to build on the success of the past semester. I also cannot wait to meet up with artists and work with them in the same time zone. There would be nights where I was up til 1 or 2 working on my label after work to get things done… now things should be more manageable. More than anything, I am excited to openly speak English again.
I guess I am done with this blog now. It’s been real. I hope you have enjoyed reading through this for the past 11 weeks. Thanks Pitt IIP for making this experience a reality. This changed my life.
(Here are the pictures from my trip.)