02.03.2009 - 04.03.2009 9 °C
It's been a month of reuniting with friends, earning my travelling stripes, and murdering the German language. I have to admit, the first few days in Germany I had a bit of the "What the Hell am I doing Here?" jitters and perhaps even early twangs of what must be homesickness, but I think all of that was just a natural reaction to uprooting myself entirely and moving to the other side of the world.
But one month in, I wouldn't trade the experience sofar for anything, and I'm starting to get used to life as a soon-to-be-intrepid traveller. Here's a few signs that I'm getting used to Euro-Life:
[*] Salami, Pepperoni and other meats and cheese is now a perfectly palatable breakfast.
[*] My body temperature has now adjusted - ten degrees now qualifies as "balmy".
[*] I've finally accepted carbonated water into my life, like everyone else in Germany.
[*] I've gotten used to the idea that my backpack is my office and lounge room, and my luggage is my wardrobe, medicine cabinet and shelf. I'm even somewhat proud of how light I've packed, especially when someone exclaims "Is THAT all you've brought!?".
[*] Paying two dollars to go to the toilet now seems like a bargain!
[*] I've only had one sunny day in thirty, and I'm cool with that.
Thanks to all my good German friends for showing me around, translating my Ginglish and enabling me to experience not just the tourist attractions, but Real Germany. Like watching a Judo class in a small german town whilst listening to dance music. Thats how I roll. You see, when I'm traveling it's the minutiae that I find most interesting - the one artwork you saw in the gallery, the weird statue in the park, the twisted little cafe in Berlin. I can't see the forest for the trees, and that's the way I like it!
Which means you're just going to have to put up with my photos of trees, statues, walls, roads and paths
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I am indeed in London. I arrived three days ago, and the astute amoung you may note that I was a day late. Lets just say I missed the bus, but caught a plane, and my wallet is the lighter for it