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Berlin, Berlin
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This is beyond fucking ridiculous. Thursday is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) and Berlin is geared up like nothing else. Tonight starts a 2-day party at M.I.K.Z. featuring Schlepp Geist, Carlo Ruetz, Minimal Lounge, Antientertainers, Teenage Mutants, Elliver, Shitluck... Meanwhile KaterHolzig has Lake People, Sven Dohse, Sascha Cawa, David Dorad, Dirty Doering... Friday Ritter Butzke starts its 3-day extravaganza with Rampue, Dürerstuben, Jens Bond, Madmotormiquel, Kotelett & Zadak, Nico Stojan, Patryk Molinari, Soukie & Windish, plus more Elliver, David Dorad, Sven Dohse... And countless other performers i've never heard of. I mean, this is the fucking cream of the electronic crop, musicians i've been following for over a year, artists who unknowingly helped me through all the ups and downs, all the heartbreak. I don't know if my body can take 6 days of parties, but i have to try. Before i knuckle down looking for work i need this.

After our quick pit-stop back in Vienna, dad and i took a road trip out to the Croatian coast. In the past few years it's become one of the prime beachside destinations of Europe, perhaps because it's still cheap and relatively unspoiled. The water was crystal clear and the rocky inlets are delightful. Meanwhile seeing what's left of the towns after allied bombing and civil war was also worth the trip - Roman ruins and thousand-year-old churches and buildings and things. Because we went so late in the season we had the place almost completely to ourselves, which was slightly creepy at times but thoroughly relaxing. It's no Istanbul, but then, where is? Definitely worth another visit, though i suspect in the midst of Ibiza-style crowds of Brits it'd lose a lot of its charm.

So now i am in Berlin. Flew in yesterday, checked into my vacation apartment (fully furnished and cheaper per month than the bare apartment i had in Toronto) and kicked back to make dinner and do some Beatport shopping. It's really nice to have my own place again. Not that i like the idea of being stuck, but there's definitely something to be said for having a space that doesn't have housekeeping or family running through it every day. No obligations, no rules, my own food, and i can move out whenever i want just by shouldering my pack. If i do end up finding work here i am awfully tempted to continue staying in this sort of place.

And i guess i do need to look for work. It's been 2 months and my savings have now hit the halfway mark. If i stay living in an apartment in Berlin and cooking my own food i can probably survive another 3-4 months, but given i have potentially two flights to Toronto in that time (citizenship interview and ceremony) i'd like to keep a healthy buffer. I've applied for two jobs so far, and was planning on spending today searching for more, till i found out this week is pretty much a write-off for anyone in Germany. Perhaps that's more reason for me to do it today, because even if i only make it to one party this week i'll be done for. Right now all i really need is cigarettes, dinner and some bread for post-party sandwiches. I'm going to have a beer and some chocolate then take a brief walk round the neighborhood. It's good to be rambling, it's good to be settling.

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