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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.

I have been in Germany for a little over two weeks now, and I have one more week left before I am back in Indianapolis.  Everything has been crazy:  living a communal lifestyle with fifteen other students, making art for events, being in a different country, etc.  I have also been sad knowing that I am missing out on the final stages of fabrication for the island.  I worked so hard and I had to abandon everything.  I know Michael is doing a good job with the finishing touches, but I wish I could be there working with him.

The other day I found out my train tickets from Basel, Switzerland to the Frankfurt airport were cancelled for no reason.  These are super important for me to fly back to the states in time for the opening of 100 Acres!  I was so stressed out and worried, but I went to the train station in Kassel and ended up getting tickets for 100 euro cheaper than the cancelled tickets.  HAH!  Everything happens for a reason, I guess.

Sometimes I wonder what I am supposed to learn while I am here in Germany.  Why am I here and not back in Indianapolis working on the island?  Well, every day I end up making a new discovery of how to connect this trip to Give and Take. There are so many connections, it is absurd!  All of our projects have been involving interaction as well as reciprocity.  We have been sharing stories, cultures, food, language, and techniques as well.  Fortunately, I keep getting more and more ideas for the Indianapolis Island and how to expand our project to the rest of the world beyond our blog.  I am excited to talk with Mike about these ideas.

I have been keeping a lot of my ideas as well as blurbs about my experiences here in a sketchbook.  I will bring this back with me to the island as a tool for sharing ideas and stories.  The sketchbook is interactive with many pull-outs, pockets, and popups.  Here is a little sneak peak…

I cannot wait to see you all.  Tchüss.

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