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Me outta here!

So that’s it…everything was picked up today, and I’m not quite sure how I feel. For sure I’m excited to return home to my beloved Sydney, and for more reasons than one, but I couldn’t help but shed a tear as I closed the door on Schönhauser Allee 27a, and essentially Berlin itself. “How many more times can I move across the globe” I asked myself as I was jumping into a car to drive myself, alongside the only possessions I’ll have for the next 8 weeks, to Thommy and Dani’s – where I’ll be staying for the last 2 weeks. Thommy and Dani are the kind of people in Berlin that I have been graced to meet and become friends with. They typify the east Berliner spirit – so open, honest and just…..nice…..I am so thankful that I met them as well as the whole east Berliner crew. I wouldn’t still be here were it not for them. Thank you guys!

I can’t say it was a good time in that place either, quite the opposite. And although I’ve been happy living there alone, that wasn’t really the plan, I don’t want to live alone. I was happy in Czarnikauer Str. with Thommy and Hans, and probably should have stayed put, but nothing lasts forever anyway. It all would have changed. It was me that was stuck in the mud. Nor can I say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, but the place itself had promise and I guess I was just bloody chasing Amy……yeah – idiot.

But that doesn’t matter anymore cause my expiry date is up for Berlin. I know Sydney has changed a lot in the last 10 years, hell, Berlin has changed a lot too. But I just want to be home. This place is cool, but no place to get old in – not for me – I want more than this city can offer me. I especially want to be me, 100% for once. Not a German filtered Jordi that is at the most 80% of what he is. I’m more than that. Some people here know it, but not all that many.

And lets not forget the winters here. I am completely over having snow everywhere and no mountains. Like, what the hell is the point in that?? It’s like having a sea with no waves…..ok, I’ll shut up now.

So that’s it, 2 weeks and I’m out. Strangely, one of my oldest friends Greg, who was here a little before me, is also on his way out to Montreal where the weather is at least a bit warmer (he says).

What will I do in Australia – what do you think? Now multiply that by 2 and you might be close. As sad as I might be, I know this feeling all too well, it’s temporary, and it’s always there whenever you leave a place you’ve lived in for a relative length of time, and I’ve done that plenty of times now. But I am super excited to be home, to see my friends, to swim in the ocean, to lie on the sand in the sun, to climb real mountains, to enjoy nature at my doorstep. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t?

So although I’m gonna miss so many people here, it doesn’t mean it’s the end. The world is small, and I travel a lot, so if we still want to see each other we will! (you guys know who I mean). And you can always visit me, I’ll be around. And you all know how to reach me, one way or the other.

And if you don’t listen to the music (it sucks, not my video) but look at the scenery, you’ll get a good idea of where I’ve been living this last year or so…..and why I thought investing here seemed attractive at the time..

Prenzlauer Berg (not really much of a mountain)

So, on Friday I left work at midday and boxed all my crap up that was spread over two apartments (Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain) and organized a bunch of friends to get together on Saturday to move my sorry ass over to Prenzlauer Berg. One word – it was amazing! I couldn’t believe how quickly it all happened. I was expecting a full days worth of work – but it was done in just a few hours. I mean, by noon Saturday I was staring in disbelief at all my crap in my room in my new apartment……I really was rather shocked. We then went around the corner for some pizza and beer and a bit of good cheer…..the beers just kept flowing (hmmm, is that fortunate or unfortunate – I’m not sure) and the day/night just continued on. Went to Mauerpark and then ended up in a sushi restaurant somewhere not too far away (but really quite good) to get some much needed sustenance (between all those beers) and finally some random bar in a park God knows where chatting away to the guy that runs the place whilst listening to some very minimal minimal 😉

I have to mention a few lucky things from that day:

  • All the friends I asked to help turned up (thanks guys!!)
  • The weather was perfect – it couldn’t have been better
  • We got parking spots directly out the front of my new building – talk about lucky

So I guess you could consider all things combined to be a good omen. My new apartment is really nice, and although I haven’t had much time to hang with my new flatmates (I’m always at work or out), they seem really cool. The only thing I really have to get onto is getting my room into some kind of order – it is an absolute mess at the moment, boxes of crap everywhere – God. I was starting to get onto it last night with the hopes that I could get my desk built – but I ended up just playing musical chairs with boxes and getting the basic layout done before meeting up with a friend for a beer or two. So – this weekend I can hopefully get a lot of it done – although there are a few things I’d like to go to as well. Grrrrr. I probably shouldn’t be going to anything though considering how freaking broke I am 🙁

Prenzlauer Berg is a massive change from either Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain, it is very clean and pretty but at the same time has heaps of things around – nice cafés and bars – I mean, KulturBrauerei is just down the road which is kinda cool. A lot of good bands play there regularly. It’s funny though, most of my friends live either in Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg, so moving here was a little worrying to start with…but I guess I’m getting the hang of it. A major advantage is that there is hardly any broken glass around – already this year I think I’ve had about 7 or 8 flat tires on my bike – so hopefully this will reduce that amount rather significantly 🙂

So that’s the news – oh, it was my wedding anniversary on Wednesday, I thought it was going to be a bit of a sad day for me (for us?), but Ina and I met up and had a very nice dinner at dos palillos. It’s a very strange situation really, I mean, as far as we’ve discussed together, and from what I understand (and feel) I think we both want to be friends and try to rekindle the love we had for one another (the love that I helped destroy), but I don’t know the rules to that. How often are we meant to meet etc. It’s all very confusing. I am most definitely confused. I wonder if Ina is thinking the same – maybe I should just ask her……..

p.s. Gonna check out this mini performance art festival at Hebbel Am Ufer with a friend tomorrow night….might be a bit of fun….you should come along if you’re in the area! Testing Stage