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How to leap:

  1. Fix your eyes on a point in the distance.
  2. Take a running start.
  3. Leave the ground (maybe close your eyes) and use every muscle you have to get to that point.
  4. Don’t forget to come back down to earth.

Henry David Thoreau said, “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”  I think he was right.  Success, happiness, change – all of these can be incredibly scary events and so to attain them, sometimes we have to set our goal, work hard, and then just close our eyes and jump.  In June 2012, at age 27, in my second year of practicing corporate law, I began planning a gap-year — a year away from the office to live with the love of my life in Europe.   I fixed my eyes on the goal of a life extraordinary, full of rich colors, spicy food, good wine, cultural experiences, and, above all, a whole lot of love.  I saved money (skipping Starbucks as much as possible and shopping less) and then, in December 2013, I turned out the lights in my office and with every muscle in my body, I leapt into to the darkness toward this goal, coming back down to Earth from time to time to appreciate the journey.  In 2015, I went back to work as a corporate lawyer, but this time from Frankfurt.  Since then, the travels continue as much as possible (and the blogging tries to keep up).

This blog is the capsule of my stories and photographs (mostly photographs) of my  move to Mainz, Germany and my pursuit of love, good food, great wine, adventure, and a new perspective.  Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope some of these stories and photos put a smile on your face.

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