It is hard to express how amazing the time I spend on Eulenhof was. Going back to normal life at university, it seems almost unreal, to think of the simple and happy day to day life was living on Eulenhof. Yes, we worked hard from 7h am to 1h pm, but waking up at 7 am is not to early when you wake up with a bunch of cool people to pick up cucumbers and sweating under the sun or the rain goes by pretty fast when you talk about life, making connections with young people from all over the world. It feels good to work hard physically when you know then afterwards you will have a good meal altogether and that you will pass the afternoon swimming in the river, going for a bike ride in the black forest or having a good nap in the hammock if you prefer. And at night cooking in the kitchen together before talking outside at night around the fire or on Thursdays going for the weekly friendly volleyball play and on Saturdays relaxing your tired muscles at the sauna! (I miss the sauna so much, I swear it is the most relaxing thing in the world!!)
The generosity of Uli and Marcus who created this amazing oasis of sharing and learning from others is inspiring. It makes you want to work well, because you feel part of the farm. You pay attention that the vegetables are picked ripe and that everything is done well, not because you want to please, but because you feel truly concern.
It seems to make so much sense to live this way. Working hard, but together. Working hard, but without stress. Working hard, but seeing directly the result of your work by having on your plate what you have picked the same morning. And the food!! oh this abundance of fresh and nourishing food. It is hard not to feel great having you belly always filled with such delicious food.
Time flew by at an incredible rate. At the end of these 3 weeks in 2017, I felt like I had arrived the week before, but at the same time, I felt so at home and the farm felt such like a piece of me that it was hard to believe I had known it for only 3 weeks.