Annamae Beeler Sax - “Halfway There: Making the Most of the Time I Have”

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Annamae Beeler Sax

Annamae Sax is a double major in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Gender and Women's studies (specialising in Queer and Trans Studies) who is traveling from Tucson, Arizona to Maynooth, Ireland. When she's not in class or stuck in a book, she loves to act, hike, and explore the world with her friends.

Our drive to Berlin went quickly, as did the whole trip to be honest, and we arrived in our last city reluctant for the trip to end. I was especially excited to visit Berlin, as this is where my father and his family are from, and I felt especially connected. We spent that night on a pub crawl, and started the next day with a walking tour. We had another awesome tour guide, who took us to all of the beautiful monuments the city has created for the victims of the war. We went to the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie, and ended at the final monument, a statue of a mother and her dying child, dedicated to all of the victims of war and tyranny. It was very somber, but much needed, and getting to experience the city like that was wonderful. From there we went to the East Side Gallery to see all of the murals. The art was equally fun and poignant, everything vibrant and full of life. We ended the night eating classic German food, and I enjoyed some of the best Spätzle I’ve ever had.

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Standing on where the Berlin Wall once stood

My friends and I caught our flight back to Dublin early the next morning, utterly exhausted and utterly content. I went into the trip knowing it was kind of going to run me into the ground, and I welcomed it. There’s nothing like the exhaustion you get from traveling, and there’s nothing like the memories it leaves you with. I loved every single city I saw over my break, and I plan to go back again to a few of them. I’m already up to my eyeballs in my winter break plans, but getting a second to reflect on my most recent trip reminds me of two things: I’m an insanely lucky person to live the life I do, and there’s no other life I’d be living. (Even if I could use a little more sleep now and again.) 

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