First weekend of May in the german countryside – the hight of spring, glorious green, little wild spring flowers everywhere. I’ve passed some time with my family this weekend, one day hiking with my brother, the next with my father (aching knees now..), walking through so very green forests, through bird songs and air full of perfume. Sitting in my parent’s garden, eating white asparagus (that’s wwhat you eat in Germany in may, delicious and fresh, every weekend for the some weeks that it is in season). This evening my train goes back to Berlin, but those last hours I’ll sit outside and just take it all in!
A first and a last time – I had never seen (but on video) the dance and performance art of New York choregrapher Trisha Brown
who was one of those who rocked and profoundly changed the dance world in the 70ies and 80ies – now she stopped by in Berlin on her farewell tour. A stream of never-ending abstract movement, meditative, playful, experimental, the beauty of detachment. If you have the chance, go for it!
Guess what this is? (The “Lavazza” sign may help a little 😉 ) This funny white tech cube is the newest Nasa gadget – an espresso machine for the outer space! Kind of crazy. Robot-cute. Sponsered (they have a reputation to maintain) by the italian agancy for astronautics – italian cuisine has since long conquered the world, now they seem to be reaching up to the stars…
Last weekend, for a short easter escape, I went to Pisa, Tuscany, back to the beauty and the sea, the incredible, all-promising italian spring , and the friends. The beauty of it hits me everytime. Everytime I tell myself, I have to be here more often, I have to find some kind of project that allows me to spend part of my year here! I feel so at home in this country, and I’m sometimes quite jealous of my friend T. who did it, who lives there all the year long.. This time, he also gave us all the flu, so that since I’m back, I’m just collapsing on my sofa, coughing and drinking herbal tea and missing the first real spring days outside in the Berlin street. Shit. All the italian energy already drowned.
BUT T. got me on my eternal moaning and told me that maybe he has a job for me over there, on a vineyard, in the middle of Tuscany – how would that sound to me?? WHAT? Kind of a dream job, what do you think?? Actually, I would love it, would it be a project for some month of the year. But really, really moving there? Don’t know, really don’t know. But the idea kind of sticks in my head… Maybe I could do it for part of the year?? I could still ask? ok, maybe it is also just a crazy moment, but it’s still nice to sometimes radically ask yourself all over where you want to place your next move.. maybe we let this routine of where we are and what we do now just too much define who we are and who we are becoming?
And you, what are your plans for this summer, your next big step?
♥ First flowers in the fields. And first blackbirds and their beautiful, elaborated song. It’s the tune of spring and early summer, and they bring faraway countrysides into the city.
♥ Friends. Two friends picked me, and my weight again in luggage, up from the airport. Unannounced, unasked. Others welcomed me to their flats till I get mine back. We went for dinner, drinks, a concert and a great party this week. We danced till three in the morning, had a long sunny Sunday afternoon walk in the Tiergarten park and a lazy brunch at some kitchen table. It’s great to have my Berlin friends back in everyday life. The happiness to be with people you really know well.
♥ Jumping into spring: From -10 to +16 Celsius: Warm welcome to Germany!
♥ MaerzMusik festival. Annual celebration of contemporary music in an (always great) festival. Listen to John Cage floating in the Liquidrom Spa or do “The long now” – 32 hours nonstop full of great concerts, sound installations, film projections and live acts: “Visitors are invited to enter this time bubble, to stay overnight, sleeping or otherwise, and surrender to this artistic borderline experience.” Looking forward!!
♥ This blog. So happy to do it. And to have such lovely readers and followers!
Back in Berlin! It’s all the well-known streets, the restaurants and the cafés, the for all I know unique calm of the city (given that it is a metropole). I’m back to work and to the ordinary, and while it was great to have a time off, it also feels good to have everyday life back. Friends, collegues, language, urban landscape, food (I’ve devoured my first slices of “real” wholegrain bread with Gouda and Brie yesterday), so many things you realize are part of who you are in this moment of your life. Spring is already here, first green and flowers and soft air and our northern sun. I’m looking forward to the weekend and to long hours in a café with my friends (and no waiter asking if you’re finished and want the check…) and to cycle around in the parks and avenues, and to go the Philharmonie and the museums and the shops. I’ll keep you posted what’s going on here! (spring / summer are great seasons to visit). xxSol