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Moving postponed among other news….

Yes, we came to the realization last night that there is no way in hell Ina and I will be able to move into our new apartment by the 1st July. It is a little disappointing, but I would prefer disappointment over chaos. Essentially there are a few basic things that MUST be done before being able to move ahead and make the move.

  • Firstly, the kitchen needs to be finished.
  • Secondly, a new parkett floor needs to be layed in the living room.
  • Thirdly, the lower bathroom needs the shower ripped out and a washing machine put in its place.

Now you’d think three items wouldn’t be enough to slow down the move by a month, but unfortunately yes, yes it is. It actually makes me sick to even walk into these home improvement type shops in Berlin. You get the typical flipping German attitude.

Firstly, overthinking things that do not need to be considered, making things more difficult than they need to be. For example, when talking to a guy about parkett, what does he care about the staircase – that is not his concern, so I don’t want my time wasted by having him go on about it for half an hour. Yes there are stairs, yes they will be temporarily removed – end of story – shut the F@#$ up about it.

Secondly the general practice of negativity. No, that can’t be done. No, that won’t work. No, that wouldn’t be the right thing to use. No, I don’t like that type of product and wouldn’t recommend it. I mean, I can only stomach so much negativity in one sitting, not sure about anyone else.

And finally the general poor service that goes along with the stimmulatingly negative conversation. I mean, I am coming to you for advice on the particular area in which you should be an expert. If you cannot offer me any better suggestions than what I have already though about, and your general aura is unfriendly, why the hell would I bother buying anything from you?? I wonder if these people have ever wondered how to increase their business?

So you know what it means? Whereas Germans hunt around for the best bargain of a particular product, I hunt around for a company I can actually stomach to purchase the product from. Definitely NOT an enjoyable experience.

Anyway, here is another person I am pretty much unable to stomach. I mean, how many freaking times does the Prime Minister of my country have to be the rest of the worlds butt end of a joke? Knock yourself out:

Not much going on!

Well, time is still getting the better of me and I am really starting to wonder why that is.

I guess it could be to do with the fact that I am quite often tired lately, who knows!?

Anyways, last weekend I was in Poland in a beautiful city called Krakow – possibly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen in Europe, I mean, it really blew me away. And to think that not more than 60 or so years ago it was completely stormed by German troops and taken over, with all the Polish people having only 24 hours to collect their belongings (not the furniture or anything though mind!) and get out of there. I mean, Hitler wanted Poland and he was all about the eradication of the Polish – not just the Jewish community (which was quite large there), nor the Gypsies.

Don’t forget, eventually Auschwitz was only to be a train ride away.

So there you go, really nice. Plenty to do there too. Heaps of museums, galleries, cafes, bars etc. It’s really great!

Before that I was visiting a friend in Lincoln, UK for the weekend. He currently has his house on sale (well, not his house, but his father-in-law’s house……long story involving Alzheimer’s – don’t ask), and I wanted to go check out the place before it is gone for good.

Was very nice to catch up. We had a massive bonfire – and I really do mean massive! There was quite a lot of scrap wood to burn, and burn we did. Gotta love the UK style of living sometimes too. I mean, they have a really good pub culture, and I like pubs! It’s a match made in heaven 🙂 Fortunately as well, we had the best weather you could imagine! Beautiful blue, sunny skies. Could not have asked for more.

In all honesty though, I am now 37 years old and I’ve really gotta start looking after myself. I hurt my knee snowboarding last year and I still have some liquid trapped between my kneecap and the layer of skin. I have what seems to be a trapped nerve in my left shoulder which hurts like all hell….seemingly more in the evenings. And to top it all off, I realize I need to change my diet or something (more exercise wouldn’t go astray) because the handles are getting on the largish side. Man. What is it with the metabolism?? With each year older, it becomes more and more difficult to manage weight, and this is coming from someone who has always been told “Oh, you’re so lucky you’re naturally thin!”. Naturally thin – I beg to differ – it’s just I’ve always watched what I eat and have maintained a good level of exercise to ensure things don’t go south. I guess exercise has taken a massive hit over the last year or so.

Unfortunately now I really need to put the brakes on somewhere…..grrrrrrr…..otherwise I fear the future 😉

Also have finalised the dates for going back to Australia, although my parents don’t know yet – sorry – but yeah. I will escape this place in one of its darkest, coldest times of the year and zap into summer. Sounds alright to me!

Organized to go visit Liz before she leaves London too. Ina and I should be over there for the weekend of the 18th. Just need to organize the tickets etc. Always nice to get over to London though. I mean, I find the weather a bit oppressive, but the place and the people are awesome. Such a pleasant change from here sometimes. In saying that, I don’t mean to say that here or Germans are the opposite. I mean, I wouldn’t still be here if I didn’t like it, but it can wear you down after a while. There is just such a huge difference in mentalities, and that difference can really wear you out over time. Sometimes I am feeling very worn out and to hang in an English spoken country is so relaxing. I don’t care what anyone thinks, language does to a degree define the people/culture/mentality. This concept is not my own either, it has been studied all over, just have a search in the interwebs – you’ll find a goldmine of information!!

And what can I say about work? It’s certainly keeping me out of trouble. Finally found a new employee and have really high hopes for him. He has some great skills that should fit

But that’s it for now. This is where I am. We are so lucky to be experiencing absolutely beautiful weather lately, so I really can’t complain too much can i? Let’s just see how long it lasts……..

Here’s a track – I just heard it, and it’s not new – but it’s pretty damn nice – I guess I would like to discover a way to fly:

 

Ordered but where is it??

Our new machine So, last week we ordered a new washing machine (which you can see to the left), but it was a little bit funny actually because after we’d ordered and paid for it we received an email the next day saying that they could no longer supply that washing machine and if we’d like a refund. Normally I would consider it good business practice to offer alternative washing machines and at the very end of the mail mention that a refund would be possible if desired but there you go. Really funny thing is too that it was only the model we were looking at that was superseded, so really the company (mentioning no names) should have simply advised us of that and ask if we’d like to go ahead with the newer model. Anyway, to cut a long story short, and as I’m sure you can already presume, we realised that the model had been superseded and changed the order to that one. Seriously though, they could have lost a sale. It’s really cool looking though and should perform pretty well and we’re being environmentally conscious since it has an A+ energy rating. It’s called the Indesit Moon…….funky name too!

Also ordered a new phone as I’m just using an old Nokia for the interim since my last phone broke, ordered it last week (actually got my sisters boyfriend to pick it up in London because phones are a lot cheaper there!) and he sent it on Friday and I can see by looking on Royal Mail’s website that it was sent to the Berlin Mail Depot on Saturday but as yet has not arrived to me. Now I’m starting to get a little bit anxious because I’ve had a few things get to the Berlin Mail Depot and just never make it here, I think the last thing was a pair of speaker stands. I don’t really want to lose faith in the Berlin mail service but I must say, they are not really instilling confidence in me. I guess I’ll wait until the end of the week and if it still hasn’t turned up will have to get Chris (my sisters boyfriend) to make a claim, bugger! Problem is I really need a new phone as the battery on the old Nokia just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. Oh well, let’s wait and see.

Second interview today, wish me luck. Thank god it’s a bit cooler today though, nothing more embarrassing than sitting with people you hardly know and sweating profusely (some would say like a glass blowers arse), I guess you gotta be lucky sometimes.

Well, been studying German pretty hardcore lately and as usual, the more you think you know the more you realise you don’t. It’s a real p.i.t.a. that the last two exams are so much after the course has finished. Again though, what can I do? Still, should be ok, really need to practice my speaking though because that’s the hard part for me these days.

Anyway, better run, will keep you all posted 🙂