Bildungsroman: Sturm und Chung (by Rhonda Chung)

While packing away the mounds of leftovers last night, I wondered why I hadn’t properly prepared my fridge for all this party food. And that’s when it dawned on me: I had never had a birthday party before.

I am now 40 years old. Officially middle aged. My youth is now behind me. And apparently, this is the perfect time to throw a party.

Bildungs (education) roman (novel) is a German compound word that has entered the English literary vernacular, describing a character’s coming of age tale. The child leaves herself behind and sets foot in a new direction.

And when has travel not been exciting?

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