November 2015 – February 2016
I arrive in Frankfurt with very mixed feelings. I am glad I made it home but at the same time I am scared of what is waiting for me. What will the doctors say? How quick will I recover? How painful will it be? How will I cope with being handicapped and depending on the help and support of friends and family for at least some weeks? How will I deal with the cold and how will I spend my time? Many questions that cannot be answered yet…
In the first couple of weeks I talk to and meet up with a lot of friends and have to tell my story over and over again. Even though I am very limited in what I can do at the moment I try to keep myself busy with writing, painting, assisting friends with graduating and figuring out what their next moves could be, and visiting doctors of course. While it is a relief to hear that the surgents in Colombia did a good job, I have difficulties to accept the fact that it will take 3-4 months to recover as I was hoping to be able to continue my trip around January 2016.
Luckily, the temperatures are not too cold yet and there are plenty of nice things going on around this time of the year: lantern parades, Christmas fairs, parties, etc. Consequently, the weeks pass by quickly and after spending much time in Cologne, Aachen and Amsterdam it is Christmas out of a sudden. I realize that it certainly has its advantage to be home as well, especially for Christmas. Shortly after Christmas I make my way to the capital to spend some quality time with some of my closest friends as well as to enjoy an awesome New Year’s party – Berlin style. After one week, I hop over to London as I promised two firm friends who currently live in Down Under to meet up with them when they are in Europe. We have a great time together and it is wonderful to finally catch up with them again after one-and-a-half years. To round up the time in London another good friend who is an ex-flatmate of mine at the same time, joins us on the last day.
January the 20th is approaching, the day I am scheduled to fly back to Colombia. Even though my arm is recovering well and my doctors and I are happy with the progress I decide to reschedule my flight and aim for 10 March as there are three very good reasons to do so. First of all, I want to give my arm a little more time to get back to normal. Secondly, the biggest yearly event in Cologne is just waiting around the corner: Carnival. And last but not least, one of my best friends decided to fly over from Canada to drop by in Europe for his birthday in the second half of February.