Category Archives: 07-2017

BUKA Finale / Meeting Merkel

I headed to Berlin for the BUKA final meeting in July. It was filled with great views, group photos, and a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and of course . . . all the feels as we officially ended our BUKA adventure. Read more about my year-end reflections here.

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Mere in Passau

One of my best friends (and debate partners) is my college roomie, Meredith. Meredith is a rock star educator and gets sent all over the world to work with/learn from/teach other educators. Luckily for me, this summer, she was studying the Bavarian education system right down the road in Regensberg. We actually stopped there on our way back from Berlin and kidnapped her from the Regensberg hauptbahnhof and took her to Passau for a couple days.

The thing about old good friends is that you don’t skip a beat, doesn’t matter how long it’s been. To start things off, we grabbed a beer and lunch and debated politics. After that, some Rainier time. Then, Mere and I had dinner, during which we engaged in good old-fashioned girl talk over Italian food and wine.

From the two girls who probably managed to snap a gazillion photos of themselves together in the early 2000s, before the days of iPhones and selfie sticks, we somehow managed to get a single photo together in Germany.


But, DAMN we look good.

Love ya Mere Bear!