Sunday, October 10, 2010
Auf Wiedersein Südafrika and Guten Tag Deutschland!
It’s been a while.
I thought I’d have more to say after a month absence but surprisingly not.
My passionate, issue-driven, opinionated alter-ego seems to have been replaced with a peace-loving, rain-dancing, sleep-deprived soul. I don’t even hate Trevor Noah right now. (Cue urgent intervention)
Although I’m not a big fan of living for a countdown, I’ll admit to doing so for my trip to Berlin. (8 days till takeoff)
2008 and 2009 were marked with a real sense of fun and adventure. There were a lot of firsts, much conquering of fears and many sleepless nights fueled by adrenaline, and, of course, Red Bull.
2010, has been fantastic but I think it might have been my most ‘adult’ year thus far. Besides many tequila throw-downs with Mexican Tourists, I’ve immersed myself in work with a renewed sense of focus and dedication to achieving goals and generally kicking ass. And although that’s been really rewarding, my adventurous side desperately craves a freefall of sorts. At this point, another ride in a rickety, old and not quite “road-worthy” helicopter will do.
So…Deciding I needed a holiday, picking Berlin as the destination, twisting the arm of a travel-buddy and booking the whole trip within 24 hours, enabled the adventurer in me. It allowed me to fool myself into believing I have no responsibilities!
So in 8 days I embark on an ‘anything goes’ adventure which is punctuated (mostly with exclamation marks!!!) by seeing Linkin Park live in concert!!! (In my head, I’m such a Rockstar)
So while I spend a week in the home of many of my ancestors, trying to avoid pork products, I will be present in every moment of my adventure. I will breathe it all in, I will sing along to the music, I’ll taste everything (except the pork products), and I’ll make a real effort to experience as much as I can, without ending up in a German jail.