First of all, I wish all of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you had a great couple of festive days so far, and a chill time with your family. I imagine you must be looking forward to the next year as much as I do!
As for me, I’ve had a great few days. My parents arrived a week ago, and we spend some wonderful moments together. It’s crazy how much food my mother fed me in the meantime. I’m kind of surprised I can still walk. Well, it’s all part of Christmas for me: tons of food, and also a little bit of stress. For that reason, December 25th is among my favorite days of the year. All I do today is feasting on leftovers from the past few days, chilling on the couch with my loved ones and watching cheesy Christmas movies. Finally!
The days were full and busy on the blog as well:
I had some wonderful Christmas photos for you on Monday, followed by tips for a great Christmas dinner and an incredible prize draw, where you can win a car. Not bad for a blogging week, I’d say.
Man oh man, how I’m looking forward to next week. I’ll finally head to….. Cape Town!
That’s right, I’m off on a holiday with my boyfriend and a couple more friends. Real holidays! What I mean by that? Well, you already know, dear reader. Practically always when I leave Berlin I have a work reason to do so, which means my trips usually come with a whole bunch of obligations and duties towards clients, cooperation partners or travel agents. Nothing wrong with that, of course – I feel fortunate to be able to work on so many great projects. All it means is that I’m usually not able to switch off at all, even visiting all these places. There’s just always something that I need to do. Well, this trip is going to be different: I’ll be completely free of all obligations, free to discover the place and go wherever the moment takes me. And all that in the company of wonderful people. I’m sure you can imagine how excited I am about it.
So, I’ll be out and about most of the time, which alse means it will be a slightly quieter week on the blog. I will keep posting, I just love my job too much to stay away from it completely for a full two weeks, but the posting frequency will definitely slow down a bit compared to the festive days.
Once in Cape Town, I’m looking forward to getting inspired (and a little tipsy). I’m going to open up to new ideas and invite inspiration to strike. I’ll also charge my batteries, physically, to make sure I’ll start into the new year in great shape. But first things first: I have been waiting forever for this vacation, and I’m SO excited!
What is going on in the world right now?
The attacks on Monday shocked me deeply. Even though everyone had been expecting Berlin to be one of the next targets, it’s a really terrible feeling to see it all play out. It feels so weird to have the eyes of the world on our city. The attack happened in my home town, yet everything feels so strange and unreal.
As so many others, I was glued to the news on Monday, unable to believe that any of it was actually happening. The next morning was everything but christmassy, of course. I somehow clung to the idea that it would all turn out to be a terrible accident. I was waiting for the news to tell us that the driver of the truck was drunk, or something along those lines.
But those reports never came, of course. The whole story of the incident strikes me as really dodgy, to say the least, like in a bad detective novel: a guy who was apparently already categorized as dangerous by the authorities is still somehow at large, commits an act of terrorism, leaves his documents in the truck, then his phone as well, and after all that he manages to get all the way to Italy by train, only to be shot upon arrival following a routine check.
I don’t know about you guys, but the story just doesn’t add up for me, and I really feel I’m taken for a fool. Let’s see what else they turn up in this truck in the days to come….
So, my parents were here the whole week, and naturally I focused most of my time and attention on my guests of honor. It’s very cute to witness how jealous of them my tomcat gets. He’s really, genuinely jealous. He’s used to getting a lot of love and attention, to the point that sometimes I get the feeling he’s not even really up for it anymore, as in maybe he’s a little spoiled. But this week he was really needy, constantly begging for attention. Jumping on my lap is the least of it, he developed this new thing where he sits on me with all his weight when I’m sleeping, which can be quite annoying. But I won’t complain, I really enjoy the surprise affection my cat showers me with, and I think his jealousy is the cutest thing ever.