Monthly Archives: August 2012

Phase 1

Phase one of the big trip (arriving and organizing) is completed. I arrived in San Francisco on thursday evening with most of my luggage and no clear idea whether I would even find the place where I was going to sleep that night. It was surprisingly easy to get into the city by train and with the help of a guy I actually managed to find my friend’s place without any large detours. So far, so good in the arriving phase! I like San Fran!

The trouble only really began the next day, in the organizing part of the deal. We found out our camping plans for Burning Man were somewhat thwarted by a useless car rental company. To make a long and stressful story short, we spent all day looking for alternative cars and trucks without the slightest hint of success. There was no company that had a car that was affordable, large enough and would accept a European drivers license.

This morning the search continued. Better luck this time! We finally managed to get a pickup truck and upgraded the car we already had into a giant hippopotomous of a car for a ridiculously overcharged amount of money. But they took us and all our stuff to Reno (about 2-3 h drive to Burning Man left), Slowly the organization of the camp seems to bee coming together which is a  large relief, especially since periodically things were going spectacularily bad.

All in all I think I’m doing well. Tomorrow I’m off to Burning Man festival. Its supposed to be the dustiest, windiest year for a LONG time. There is also smoke from forest fires around. My fire staff got lost by the airline still hasnt been found. Not sure whether its naive to be in such good spirits..

Ill give you an update when Im back in reception!

BURN!

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EJC and a little bit of Post-Covention Blues

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My discovery for the day is that, quite apparently, the well known post-festival blues is not very much deterred by having exciting future prospects. Pretty much, it’ll get you, no matter what. As anyone who’s spent more than a day in a happy-go-lucky festival world will surely agree, the first days back in ‘the real world’, which is inhabited by unsmiling, distant strangers, are always quite the culture shock.

This phenomenon manifests itself in several ways. For example when I logged onto my Facebook front page yesterday morning, the first 5 posts were by people sharing the fact that they were sick in bed, with no intentions of getting up that day. To be perfectly honest, I joined their ranks without further ado and my own bout of fever. My voice had apparently decided to stay behind in Poland anyways, and I wasn’t about to walk around without it. So it was a change of having 110% activity and input to (by choice) having only empty space to stare into.

The EJC is the type of event that since I first attended it out of a sudden whim, I’ve vowed never to miss it ever again. There just so many people doing so many different fascinating things and so many options of what to do next. Its possible to just run from one shiny exciting thing to the next. Its the paradise of hyperactivity and ADD. If you don’t already have either, this is where you’re gonna get it!

Whether it was the absolutely hilarious and memorable full-moon free alcohol party, epic 5 people fire tunneling on the firespace (there need to be more of those), spontaneous trick sharings, supremely annoying badge control sessions or just chilling in the beautiful weather, for example with a giant quiche-tart… it all just merged into one big moment which, try as I might, I can not put into anything even remotely resembling a timely order.

I do remember it ended in a hippie bus packed to the roof with camping and juggling equipment and awesome people, driving through the polish country side over roads in a state of, well, lets say minor disrepair.

My last European Con this year and already cant wait for the next one! But for now… On the 23rd I leave for Burning Man! Now for two weeks of enjoying the awesome Berlinians company, saying my goodbyes- I’ll be back by the apocalypse!

Love

…somebody walking an impressive high line in the historical part of Lublin!

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Hello World!

Vagabond. /ˈvagəbɒnd/

Even disregarding the meaning “vagabond” strikes me as a very intriguing word… it has a nice sound to it!

The itinerant wanderer, surfing on the vague whims of the moment, not following any predestined path, holds a sort of wild mystical fascination. All the best stories and anecdotes seem to have their origins in some sort of voyage. Maybe these unforeseeable opportunities and experiences can only open up away from that stronghold of all the ideas that have become the norm, removed from the shackles of routine.

2012, for me, has already been quite the kaleidoscope of impressions. To date, this year I have been in Austria; in Spain to visit my dad; in Paris which was a spontaneous and rather random idea with the same friend as Spain; in Cyprus for a long due visit to one of the coolest people in this world; in Thailand with my family; and most recently in Poland at the EJC. The end of all of these took me back to Berlin, to the home base. Now I am about to embark upon a journey that will hopefully allow me to tumble freely across the US and Canada, blown this way and that by the winds of festival and adventure.

…I kind of hope that line wasn’t too pathetically cheesy… Bear with me!

Along my way I want to keep this blog updated with what I’m up to and share some of the impressions, moments and pictures that I encounter on my way.

I would be super happy to hear from people. Any feedback I get will keep me motivated to keep going. Even an “I was here” is enough. Take it as creating an illusion for me, in which I’m not just wasting my time here!

Cheers!

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