Beginning of Autumn…

The beginning of something new is also always the end or change of something “old”. Because our capacity is limited. We cannot live all seasons at the same time. Despite that this is the goal in our modern societies: to have everything available all the time…

Personally, I consider this a poor life. A life without values, truth and without happiness. Happiness comes from modesty, from putting yourself in the context of the world around you – and from seeing things with open eyes…

Yesterday I was at the opening of the Oktoberfest, the Munich beer festival and, in fact, the biggest public festival on the planet. To my great pleasure with Gaby, my ex-wife, who came visiting for three days. The last time I was really at that festival was 39 years ago (!) – also with Gaby – back then still my future wife to be.

I was much impressed by the perfect organisation of the whole event – and by the care and attention to detail everyone is putting in it. On the other hand this year is the 180th anniversary of the festival and one might expect some experience after such a long time.

There is the huge fair ground with 14 big beer tents and innumerable rides and fun places. Overwhelming. The official opening was at noon yesterday. We arrived maybe 40 minutes later – and the beer tents were already closed due to overcrowding. Amazing!

At the far end of the Theresienwiese (that’s where the Oktoberfest takes place) there is nowadays an “Alte Wiese” – an old-fashioned version of the festival. It’s separate and you pay 3€ entrance fee. That’s where we went. This is the place for the locals. The rides were the ones I remembered from my childhood – not the nasty new ones, with 3g accelerations and oblivion in the brain. We even found two seats in a beer tent there, the “Herzkasperl Zelt”. Very nice atmosphere. Authentic Bavarian music – but also some salsa…no Japanese or other foreign tourist groups!!! – They all go to the big tents in the “modern” part. LOVELY! After a few “mass’es” of beer  we went on some of the old fashioned rides (they were all at 1€!) on our way out without spilling any liquids from inside our bodies :) Gaby and I agreed that we had a great time :)

Today I am on my own again and the countdown continues. I did all my laundry. On Friday I finally got my most valued piece of furniture, my “Liegewiese”. It is more than a sofa or couch. It is like a landscape you can arrange for the needs of the moment. You can turn it into a relaxing fun bed for several brides and yourself (or the family, if you have one), you can also turn it into comfortable seating for half-a-dozen people. I had such an animal for 30 years and left it behind. Not only because it was worn out but also because my current apartment is smaller than anything I had since puberty.

The plan was to find a nice and sophisticated sofa in Munich. Alas, in July it dawned on me that I wanted my “Quatro” and nothing else. Now I have it! The sitting room is full with it. You can’t move around in it any more. But I have my life back :)

…the most comfortable place to “live”…ever invented…

This completes the furnishing of my Munich apartment. Now I can start to hang paintings and unpack other deco items to make the flat MY personal domain. It is not so easy because I can use only very few of my things due to space restrictions. I have two marvellous table lamps – but their wide and big shades are just too huge for my small sitting room…the same will apply to paintings.

…the finishing touches will take time. It is always the same challenge with a new “home”. You have to make it reflect your personality. Which includes your attitude towards life. Which changes over time. That’s why no two of your homes every will be the same. Just look at my apartment in Bansko. Completely different from the one in Munich. Because my life in Bansko is different. The context of the people around me is different. So, I have a different attitude towards life when I am there. Well, no, that’s not really true. My attitude is the same. But the environment is different there and so are my priorities – which reflects in a “simpler” approach (but “simple” only on the surface)…

Well, the countdown continues. I did three washing machines today. Tomorrow I have to pack for Asia and organise the apartment. In my infantility I invited my neighbours for a last supper tomorrow. A Thai curry because I have  a lot of Thai herbs etc. left over that I bought on Thursday. On Tuesday, my good friend Jochen will be in Munich for business and I have agreed to take him to the beer festival. That won’t leave room for anything else on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning I will fly to Doha, then Bangkok, then Hanoi. Not much time left to sort things :)

But, that’s the way I like it: enjoying life to the brim and move on with ease (and sometimes a little head-ache).

Good night and till soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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