Guten morgen! (German for Good morning)
Today I’m sharing about the bustling town of Cologne (Köln), Germany. When I was deployed to the Middle East all of us pilots would salivate about the idea of getting a trip outside of the desert. One morning, after eating my two eggs over easy and peanut butter toast, we got word that it was our turn. Finally! Our “good deal” trip had arrived. We packed our bags and readied ourselves for a mission that would include an overnight stay with indoor plumbing, zero chow halls and absolutely NO sand.
If you’ve read any of my other posts you probably know that I’m partial to Germany. With it’s rolling hills, marvelous castles and love of all things Nutella, what isn’t to like? After a long day of flying through multiple combat zones we finally landed and boy was it better than we expected. When you’ve been in the sandbox for so long, you forget how vivd and beautiful colors can be. I know that sounds dramatic but I’m serious. For a while I could only see shades of tan. But I digress, we were elated to finally be free. We quickly sealed up the jet and set off for our hotel.
I can say, with zero hesitation, that was the second best shower of my life. The first was after survival school, but thats a long sob story you don’t want to hear. I relished in my shower, put on clothes that didn’t smell like stale chow hall and headed straight for the lobby to enjoy a tall glass of wine. This, my friends, was a sweet victory. We spent the rest of our day and evening enjoying every single second. As I’m writing this I can feel how thankful I was in those moments. It’s amazing how much of life we take for granted isn’t it? Anyway, we ate, we drank, we laughed and of course we toured the Cologne Cathedral. My pictures just don’t do it justice. It’s one of the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen and so rich with history too.
Our “good deal” trip lasted only three days but it felt like a week long hiatus. It’s safe to say we all had a hard time getting back into our daily beige routines. I chose to share this story at the beginning of the year because it reminds me to be thankful for every victory, small and large. To take each moment of joy and appreciate it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to pause and be thankful. So, I challenge you to be more mindful of your everyday victories and find joy in the little things.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I love being able to share about my life’s adventures.