This is a post I always like to read on other blogs, so here are 10 facts about me:
- I sometimes wear glasses. I am slightly farsighted, which usually isn’t any problem. But when I am stressed and/or have to read much, I get a headache. This is why I need my glasses. So usually I only wear them at home and only about five to ten times a year. Also, I’ve head the same pair of glasses for almost ten years. They do a great job.
- I need a lot of sleep. It runs in the family. Like my granddad and my dad my perfect sleep duration is 9 1/2 hours. Obviously, I usually don’t get as much sleep because I don’t want to go to bed at 9 p.m. But I know that my whole me works best when I sleep that much.
- I usually buy more than I need. In all product categories. This is why I always have way too much food at home, but also beauty products, books to read, empty notebooks, etc. It is a habit I can’t really get rid of. Whenever I enter an Aldi for instance, I already know that I’ll only exit with at least 5 bags full of things – and I then have enough food for half a year.
- I always wanted to become a teacher. It’s true, I said that already when I was in kindergarden. My mom used to be a school secretary, and it was the greatest pleasure for little me to visit her and spend time in the school. Later on I also thought I might want to become a lawyer or a doctor, but I always came back to teacher. And I really love my profession!
- I have hardly biked in seven years. I have a bike though that stands outside and is right now totally covered in snow. When I still lived in Germany, I used to cycle a lot. But once I moved to Istanbul, it turned out that that was too dangerous. Even though I bought a new bike when I started living in the U.S., I almost never use it. My muscles just aren’t used to biking anymore. Also, it is still quite dangerous here. And I just prefer walking. I don’t think this will ever change.
- Sufism fascinates me. Even though I am an atheist, I find Sufism and mysticism very interesting. I enjoy watching dervishes whirl, and I especially like Rumi and his work. I am still disappointed that I didn’t get to go to Konya last summer, the town Rumi lived in.
- I don’t like organizing. To be honest with you, I hate it. I hate organizing important documents, ordering things, and especially keeping deadlines. Usually I get those things done under pressure, but that’s it.
- I love technical devices. I am happy with my Alexa, my TV, and of course with my smartphone. I think it’s exciting what machines men can build and what those can do for us.
- I speak almost only German here. This is a sad fact. My life here mainly revolves around Boston’s quite big German community so that I only speak English with my roommate or when I do things like shopping. I spoke more English even in Istanbul. I haven’t found a way around it yet because I seem to spend most of my time at work or with workmates, so obviously we talk in German.
- I am bad at geography. I mean I know where all the big countries are and their capitals. But when my parents and I booked our vacation in the Dominican Republic, I actually had to google where the country is. Although I love travelling, I have never been interested in geography. At all. I also describe places by them being “there on the left”.