Twelve more Days

Today is Friday. In exactly three more weeks we’ll depart Germany to go back to Australia. So in Berlin we have only

TWELVE MORE DAYS.

Why are we kind of panicky about what to do with the last few days in Berlin? There’s no simple answer.  I tell myself, don’t worry, play it by ear. Still, writing about it may help a bit to see a bit more clearly. Actually I think I am pretty laid back concerning the planning we have to do on a daily basis. Maybe too laid back.  For instance I didn’t do anything yet about finding my ‘lost’ brother B. Nobody cares where he is. Do I care? Well, I do and I don’t. If only I knew what I should be doing. Is it right to do nothing? I just don’t know.

The relationship with brother B. has always been a bit strained and a bit confusing. The relationship with brother P. on the other hand was always easy going. Of course we don’t see eye to eye in everything.  But I think we tend not to hold grudges against each other. As I said, easy going. This is what it mostly is.

Hubby’s sister and brother-in-law arrived from Austria just a couple of days ago. We saw them yesterday at the other sister’s place. We spent six lovely hours with them. Peter’s sister Ilse provided a home-cooked lunch. Later on we had coffee and cake. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. The five of us plus Ilse’s partner had much to talk about, since we have quite a few memories to share. The visitors are going to stay in Berlin till next Thursday.  Of course they want to see us again. Only so far we have no clue when this is going to be. We tell ourselves we’ll wait and see. In the meantime there are quite a few other people who’d love to see us again before we leave Berlin.

I have childhood memories about Leipzig. It would be great to go there for a day. Going by train it’s only about two hours away from Berlin. At the moment we still think we might be able to spend one day in Leipzig. Indeed,  we do think there’s still a chance  we can do this as planned. There are other places in Germany we’d like to visit. Only it seems to be out of our reach at this time. I wonder whether there’s going to be another time. I guess, it all depends on our priorities, doesn’t it?

After a number of overcast days the sun is out today It’s not freezing yet but there’s a chill in the air. Since there’s no wind, we don’t feel the cold very much. A lot of trees have lost nearly all their leaves. Around the houses here in the Hansa Viertel big piles of autumn leaves are building up every day. Workers busily pack them up into huge bags and cart them away. Once another load of leaves is taken away, the lawns under the huge trees look still beautiful green.

By the way, I’m very much looking forward to spend the last few days of our stay in Germany at P’s and A’s place 100 km north of Berlin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is a quiet, relaxing place. Actually very few people live in this area. It is full of natural beauty and altogether very different from Berlin. Come to think of it, there are lots of quiet, relaxing places in Berlin too. But it’s also a city with millions and millions of very busy people. One thing is for sure: It’s never boring in Berlin!

We visited the Bode Museum the other day. I was very impressed by the beauty of the building and the quality of the displays. We also saw an excellent movie, called AMOUR (Liebe). This was a very slow moving film about an elderly couple (right up our alley!). It won the PALME D’OR at the FESTIVAL DE CANNES.

10 thoughts on “Twelve more Days

  1. The museum must have been magnificent. I don’t know what the Palme D’or is, but I’m sure it deserved it! 🙂

    I hope you get to Leipzig – I reckon you will: you have 12 days to do it in!

    1. The Bode Museum is indeed magnificent. At the Film Festival in Cannes (France) they give out Palme D’Ors (a kind of prize) for different film categories. I think this movie got the prize for best director.
      If we do make it to Leipzig, I’m going to write a bit about it in one of my blogs! Yes, at the moment it still looks like that we can make it.

  2. Can you figure out a way to go without sleep? Maybe you can gain an extra day or two that way! 🙂 I hope you find it possible to fill in as many possible gaps as possible and that you’ll be ready when it’s time to head for home! Debra

    1. Go without sleep, Debra? I think not. Everything’s going to fall into place. A week from next Thursday I’ll be very ready to go with my brother to sleepy New Canow in Mecklenburg Vorpommern. And then it won’t be long and we’ll be heading back to Sydney.where it has been warming up quite a bit while we were away..

  3. Wishing you the most fun of memories on your trip. It is always a joy to travel. It is a great way to discover and rediscover people and places as well as events. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. It’s still Sunday in Berlin. Today Berlin celebrates 775 years of its existence. We viewed some of the exhibitions during the day. We were too tired to go out at night again. All in all we had a very good weekend. Hope your weekend was beaut too, IT. Have a great week!

  4. A great journey Auntyuta even if you never achieved everything you had hoped, you have great memories to cherish and I wish you a safe and happy return to Aussie, one never knows whats around the corner and you may return one day ,as I know I will return to Chile where I was married, after all is said and done, Australia is our home.
    Cheers
    Emu

  5. Danke dir für deinen Besuch ja Berlin ist schon sehr beeindruckend, ich war vor Jahren mal da es ist wunderschön.Wünsche dir einen schönen Abend und eine glückliche schöne Woche sei lieb von mir Gegrüsst Gislinde.

    1. Ich danke dir, Gislinde, und wünsche dir auch alles Gute. Diese Woche wird sehr schnell vergehen. Jeder will uns noch einmal sehen und dann verabschieden wir uns bald von Berlin.. Liebe Grüsse, Uta

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