I’M IN LONDON!
But I have to finish the Munich story first! :/ Let’s blaze (420) through it.
Tuesday! (Fuckin Tuesday!) I walked to the Englischer garten (English Garden). It’s 3.7km^2, it’s really really big. And I walked through it!
First I walked down the street,
towards the university, past this gate:
That’s the Siegestor.
From there I caught the metro pretty far, got off, grabbed a bite to eat
(yeah selfies wooo)
and headed to the park! The park was so, so beautiful. It was fantastic. There were some people walking their dogs, or going for a jog, and I got lots of pictures.
I had a very peaceful moment here, closing my eyes and listening to this little waterfall. I imagined my problems washing away to the sound of the water flowing. For the next hour or so I felt very calm, and at peace. I thought about all the stuff I realised on Monday and tried to let some of it go. Obviously they never go away permanently but it’s something to consider next time.
And then walked past a restaurant.
One thing I’ve never done before, because I’m too afraid, is go into a restaurant on my own and have an entire meal, just to myself. I’m afraid the people and waitstaff will think I’m a crazy person, or I have no friends, or something. So! In the interest of pushing boundaries once more, I went in and had an entire thing all to myself.
And it was fine! Nothing bad happened, they were really nice to me, no one made fun of me, and once I stopped being tense I quite enjoyed not having to make small talk with myself and just sat and had my delicious meal. Would recommend. As for what the actual food is I don’t remember what it’s called but the meat was cold (on purpose) and the bread was delicious and crispy. It was very nice.
But at this point it was maybe 5pm so it was really dark outside, so I started heading back.
The friend from yesterday, we were going to catch up again today with any other friends we could rustle up. I was to meet him in front of the University (the very same one I started the day off at). But I was a bit early, so I went into the uni and had a look around.
….and then I started to have an idea. I mean, I look like a student, right? Surely they won’t notice if I just go to a random lecture? :p it took a lot of psyching up to do it… the lecture’d already started, but people were slowly walking out (like you do if you’re bored I guess).. I stood outside the door to the lecture for about ten minutes trying to muster up the courage to walk in, sit down and try and blend. It was hard! But I did it!
That particular lecture was “Philosophy of Law”.
About five-ish minutes later, the class finished anyway. :p Here, at the end of lectures or talks, you show your appreciation by rapping your hand on your desk and knocking a few times. It caught me really off guard when all of a sudden everyone did that. But yeah! I blended in!
And then I went to the front of the uni to wait for my friend. And there he was! With three other people; two girls and a dude.
He went round the circle and introduced me to them, the first girl and the dude were really nice. And the third girl…
Something electric happened. And I could tell by the way her eyes changed that she felt it too, and, like in pure Night Vale fashion, she grinned, and everything about her was perfect, ..and I fell in love instantly. And we couldn’t stop looking at each other the entire time. She was studying sociology, same as my friend, and she was beautiful and she was clever and she kept facing me, like I’m not going to analyse everything but her body language and the way she kept coming in to my personal space like… it was just very, very exciting and I think we both knew what was happening.
We were all talking about what we were doing for dinner, and whether they wanted to come with us. But… I started to worry, and think, what if she’s dating that other guy, I don’t know? (turns out she wasn’t) I can’t be presumptuous, I can’t be obvious about wanting to spend more time with her, this person I actually don’t know at all. It would be weird, right? To suddenly be interested in someone to that degree? So I didn’t push it, when they didn’t want to come for dinner (and it was very hesitant kind of like oh, we could yeah? Maybe? Oh I dunno how hungry we are tho hm….) I didn’t insist more than one time. And that was it. As we were leaving I shook everyone’s hand goodbye, and she went in for a hug, but I saw her face and she looked confused like ‘wait why am I doing this? I don’t know this guy’ and I was a chickenshit and didn’t hug her… we ended up shaking hands there too, and we left; and I never saw her again.
I mean, who knows. Maybe it was all in my head! Alternatively, maybe I’ll see her again! I found her on facebook and added her but she hasn’t done anything so, it’s okay. It was a wonderful moment.
Anyway we got pizza. Enormous, huge pizza. And calzone.
I don’t know, can you see the scale of the thing? It’s the biggest pizza I’ve ever seen.
And finally we went back to the Christkindlmarkt and hung out some more. And it snowed a little bit more.
On Wednesday I did exactly: nothing. :D Because I do need recuperation days, days where I do nothing but recharge. Because I am, I think, an introverted person, no matter how much I try to pretend or force otherwise. I can have lots of fun with other people, but at parties it can be pretty overwhelming.
So that’s that! On Thursday I went to Tollwood, which is like a fair that happens on Christmas, and then caught the train to Salzburg, where I stayed til Sunday. Then I went all the way back to Berlin via Munich on Sunday morning, and stayed til Tuesday, where I caught my flight in to London, and now it’s Wednesday! That’s just an overview.