What have I done this last week? Hanging out with myself, wandering the streets, going to sites, spending time to have time. It is still weird for me and ever so often the nagging voice in my head is scolding me for not working on Europress, and the 2010 summit, future of Globalpress etc. The nagger is probably right and I have to listen to him next week and get my shit together. But it is hard because I begin to like not to have every minute planned and going for a swim in one of the beautiful lakes at the spur of a moment.
The last week I spent exploring the more recent dark history of Potsdam. I spent several our in a jail memorial where beginning 1933 political prisoners oposing Hitler were held, then after 1945 the East German Stasi used it until 1989. Just so many sad stories and I was the only visitor. it is not a place Potsdam promotes in its tourist information. They'd rather have you go to the parks, estates and castles. I spent some good time with my friend Anette who also joined e for the big street party last Saturday. She is not entirely well so she left early while I enjoyed the many bands until 1 in the morning. Great fun!
Now Anette is travelling the Dneper river and won't be back for a while. My last visiors left today. Anke and Rudi, my cousin from Luebeck stayed 2 days and it was a lovely visit. Highlight was a night cruise on the river Havel with a tiny, historic, restored little boot including dinner. only 30 people enjoyed silently slipping through small green canals to reach a larger river , then a small lake, then the biggest lake called the Wannsee to enter yet another river arm. This all through the bright sun, twilight and then darkness with the moon rising. Very pretty indeed.
The weather is a constgant topic here but now can really say that it has been wonderful and I enjoy every minute outside. Tomorrow I might just take a book and sit in Schloss Sans Souci and read or watch people.
Not much contact with Daniel these days. He is probably emerged in his own life.