This is just a quick one, I promise. I just have something important to say: I'm happy. Ok, I'm also exhausted and in desperate need of a holiday. But today, I feel like the world around me is glowing. I wish I could attribute it to ruling in German class (I didn't), giving my best lecture yet (it wasn't as good as last week's) or finding a new housemate (90% sure). Sadly, not everything in my world works out so perfectly. But, for this month only, vegan bloggers are getting excited about eachothers' food and recipes and lives in a way that doesn't happen for the rest of the year. Sure, we're all pretty crazy about the food-love anyway. But checking out as many blogs as we can, downloading the bundle for Google reader (something I haven't done; I'm struggling with my regular blogroll already, and it grows daily!) and commenting on everything really makes for a vibrant community. Usually I don't comment on blogs, but Vegan Mofo has helped me to find some really small but really fantastic blogs, and I like leaving comments on them, to give the authors support. Maybe they don't care about it as much as I do, but getting comments on my food has made me so happy. Knowing that other people get excited about cooking as much as I do, or that there are other vegans living here in the-land-of-pork-and-dairy (Germany) gives me so much encouragement to think about new things I'd like to cook. Getting mentioned on the roundup was the highlight of my week, because hopefully it encouraged someone to make vanilla slice for the first time. I love sharing my childhood treats with other people. I love sharing my life. I love sharing food. I'm counting down the months until I go back to Australia, so that I can have dinner parties (and an already-planned cupcake party!) with my much-loved and greatly-missed friends.
I expected Vegan Mofo to be a burden. I almost didn't sign up, because between the German course (20 hours per week!) and the job, and trying to still have a social life, I'm already run off my feet. But I'm so glad I did. It reminded me that even though sometimes I feel alone here, in a different country where I struggle with the language, there's a group of people out there who cheer me up and make me feel inspired to cook again. I went through a pretty dark patch with my food habits when I got here, and I'm feeling a thousand-fold better now that I've gone back to how I used to eat before, without caring too much about the kjs. I've started to go running again and I feel healthy. My body is looking healthier. My skin is looking healthier (with occasional alcohol induced lapses; totally worth it for the quality time with friends). I'm feeling more alive. So, if anyone reads this, thankyou. I never expected anyone to read this, but to be able to share is the most rewarding experience I could have asked for.
That was much longer than I expected. Sorry!