Wednesday morning we visited the Young Islam Conference for a presentation lead by two of their employees. That was one of my favorite activities since I have been in Berlin. It is so inspiring to see an organization that works to educate young people on how to be social activists for themselves. I think with social issues, young people get forgotten so easily because of the politics involved, but if youth know how to be activists for themselves and for others than tht is an unbelievably powerful tool. It is also so important that young people feel empowered to educate other people. I think organizations like the Young Islam Conference that incorporate people of all ages have to ability to create real social change.
This past we I have really started to feel comfortable in Berlin. I can get around on the subway without any issue, I know my favorite places to eat and more and more German words are sounding familiar. Unfortunately, this comfort is coming just in time for me to travel out of Berlin. I have realized it does not take very long for a place to start feeling like home. When I first arrived in Berlin I was having a bit of a crisis. I was homesick, missing my family and having a really tough time feeling comfortable in Berlin. I was starting to wonder if I would ever be able to spend a significant period of time outside of the pacific northwest. Thankfully, I am finding that I can push myself out of those bounds. I just had to give myself the chance to get my bearings. I am really happy I have had an extended period of time in Berlin and I have officially been bitten by the adventure bug.