I have been on holidays for more than a month. I travelled my homecountry, visited family and friends in south, east, north and attended my favorite festival in the west. Its really nice to be a tourist in your own country, I felt like one, even in Hamburg, where I used to live for six years. Maybe I felt like this, cause I changed, cause I am living now since 2,5 years abroad. Though Germany is not as relaxed as Iceland I felt quite relaxed, all the time. I tried not to stress myself out when I had to wait in lines or when I missed the subway. It worked but I know that routine would come over me if I just would live again in Germany. But yeah, I am not yet.
The hardest but also nicest were the crazy high temperatures in the south, with heavy rains, lightnings and thunderstorms in the afternoons. Yes, there is rain in Iceland, but not like this monsunlike ones in the south of Germany. And we dont have lightnings and thunderstorms in Iceland. So it was the greatest when me and my sister were in the swimming pool, it started to rain (a bit) and almost everybody else left. So we had enough space to swim and decided to take her son again to the swimming pool after we got him from kindergarden. Not many kids were there, just a few, so we could show him the huge waterslide. And he couldnt stop to go. What a memory!
My sister is more the sportive one in our family, so we did some sport stuff. I went the first time in my life climbing on a climbing wall. As I am afraid of heights (and loosing control) it was not as easy to be up there and trust the person down on the ground. But I think I have done a great job. Just the next day we went to a boulder hall, where I could just be on my own, challenge my self which was easier for me and I really would like to do that more often here in Reykjavik.
Next stop was Munich to visit my friend. It was a bit too short but great and somehow I enjoyed the heat in the streets, to relax at her couch, watching “Gilmore Girls” and wait for her to finish her shift. I never have been a huge fan of Munich, but this time was a bit different. There are really nice areas and friendly people. We went to an exhebition of Banksy’s streetart, drank really delicious whiskey-cocktails in “Zum Wolf” and danced all night long in the indie club, which I havent done for years! We felt a bit old between all the students, but nobody knew that we are far from our 20s. What I love most when being in Germany: cheap beer and good food. Iceland has good beer as well but not as cheap. But when it comes to food varity then Iceland is the loser. So I went to a lot of good restaurants or just bars to have good and yummy food. In munich I liked “Trachtenvogl” very much. I had a sandwich with goatcheese, rucola and gingerjam. My friend the very soft beefsteak with mashed peas with mint. WOW! Check their menu (and try the selfmade mint limo), so so good.
Since I am living in Iceland, I forgot how to plan things and I dont like to plan ahead. I guess its just how you survive here cause Icelanders are not doing it either. But I had to plan a bit ahead my travels in Germany cause it would have been more expensive. That for I was lucky that I checked the train prices like four weeks ahead so I just paid 29 Euro for a train from Munich to Berlin, which is around 6,5 hours. And also all the other train trips I made were quite cheep. But if you dont want to plan that much ahead, you can also check the busses (f.e. flixbus, berlinbus) which are connected between all the big cities in Germany for a budget.
As I already spent a lot of time in Berlin this year, it was not an adventure anymore. It was more like calming down, relaxing in the arms of my beloved one and hang out with him and watching movies, seeing family, biking through the city and sleeping as long as our hunger woke us up to get a coffee and some fresh baked buns.
More exciting was therefor our trip to Hamburg, where we spent three days in the nice Hostel “Superbude”. I always wanted to stay there but you dont do that when you are living in the same city. Even if our sleep wasnt as good as expected it was a nice, clean and comfy stay just in the middle of St. Pauli. We hang out at Park Fiction, at the Elbstrand, ate delicious thinny Pizza at “Slim Jims” and tried to drink Astra beer again. I forgot about the taste and decided to stay with another one :). Astra is more for the lifestyle in Hamburg, a bit shabby, a bit bitter but stays in your mind forever.
I was lucky that Damien Rice was playing in the park where I planned to have a picknick for my birthday with old friends. Perfect company with perfect smooth music and good food and drinks. The rain in the end was kind of beautiful even if it made us leave for good. I saw the most of the same people either at my favorite festival “Haldern Pop Festival” which started just two days later. I havent been there for two years, so it felt a bit like coming home. I met people I know since 10 years, I saw bands I already saw a couple of times, I reached out for new bands, I smelled the air, swam in the lake and slept like a baby in the tent.
And then? Berlin again, not more, not less. Doing nothing but relaxing. I took a lot of pictures until then but I havent made one picture with my DSLR in that last 1,5 weeks.
The nicest was the last evening when we spent some money in the great tapas restaurant “Atame”. We tried a lot from the menu, were falling in love with the goatcheese and the Valserrano Crianza Rioja from 2012. So my holidays ended almost drunk and happy before leaving on the next day with a bit of a hangover, or was it sadness cause of leaving?
It was sad but also nice to be back again, to smell the crispy air, the eggs in the shower (I dont smell it anymore now) and to see my friends. Some questionmarks over my head; like “where is home”, “where do I belong”, “where do I want to be”. So now, lets clear up the sky!