Today is the first birthday I celebrate since moving to Germany.
In the past year I have done quite a lot.
Essentially, I've changed from being a young guy
having most of my life taken care of,
to a completely independent person.
all that In a foreign country with but a
basic understanding of the language and the way things work.

I overcame a lot of difficulties,
and definitely got help from friends I met along the way.
I would never have thought that I would come this far.
Not in a year.

It's a great birthday.
One which I'll definitely remember.