Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Monday, 29 March 2021

(Britta)'s On The Road Again

  


Dear You, 

I haven't use the photo above (which I took years ago at V&A) for a long time, and you know why. 

But now, despite the lockdown-lethargy, I am in the middle of an adventure. 

At the beginning of 2021 I decided that I do not like to feel remote-controlled. 

So, after having not seen the triplets since February 2020 (!) I acted: I had luck to rent an apartment in the village where Son, my Daughter-in-love and the triplets live. To be precise: it was my DiL who told me that the apartment was there to be rented, one street away from their house. 

I thought: "OK - at least it is far enough away that one has to put on a jacket to visit each other".  I don't want to intrude into a family - though welcomed and hopefully able to really help with three vivid little girls, no longer the babies I saw last year but little children who run around, start to speak - and love to lie on the ground and "read" a book. 

I rented without having seen the apartment except on photos - (though Son went and looked at it once). 

I keep my huge apartment in Berlin - by now I know myself: I am a city-girl. 

I could buy the whole kitchen including all machines; and a good-looking big wardrobe in the bedroom. Yet the van the caretaker and his son filled today with the sofa, the bicycle, ten moving boxes and a lot of other things is full - tomorrow I will manage to climb inside, and then we three drive to Bavaria. 

Hurray! 

The janitor and his son are part-time knights - living in medieval tents, being able to fight with real swords, and hunt with real bow and arrow, so I see it as a sort of crusade: 

Time to fight the dragon Corona, time to move again. 

Wish me luck - and forgive me if you do not get comments at the moment: for some time I will have no Internet, though after five days quarantine I will try to get a connection to you in the house of Son&DiL. 

On my smartphone I can see your comments (and will find out, how I can read your blogs too). 

So: Toodle pip! 





18 comments:

  1. Excellent news Britta, and the perfect thing to. Enjoy! xx

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! I feel as if I am waking up. I love Berlin - but it was pretty lonesome the last months. I hope it will be better if we get vaccinated - but there is chaos. After that changing places will be easier, and I hope for a balance between both lives.

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  2. Britta dat is geweldig nieuws. Wat zul je genieten van die 3 kleine meisjes. En het is in Bavaria, prachtig daar. Geniet van dit nieuwe avontuur!

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    1. Dankjewel, Guusje! Er is goed fietsen in de fijn natuur En ik heb de grammatica en oefeningen van van Dale ingepakt :-)

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  3. What a wise and courageous act to do at such times. I'm sure you'll really enjoy the closeness to the family.

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    1. Thank you, Yael! Yes, I plunged into adventure - I had to decide quickly (otherwise the apartment would have been gone) and I had to convince the people to let it to me.

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  4. What a wonderful adventure! You are clever to keep your Berlin apartment, and your new place will be close enough to slip into family life with a nice quiet room of your own around the corner when it gets too much, haha! Bon voyage, Britta!

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    1. Thank you, Pipistrello! When I arrived with my two knights and we saw the village, I thought: I KNEW I had forgotten something! I think of the books by Miss Read...

      Yes - this will be a life in contrast - but that makes it fascinating.

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  5. You will have a life of the best of both worlds. Being near family and your beautiful triplets will be marvelous while the Berlin apartment continues to be an option as well. Bravo Britta.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I hope that comes true: best of both worlds. I arrived in bright sunshine - that was a very good start!

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  6. You will have a wonderful time. You are closing the Month of the Woman in style.

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    1. Oh Joanne, that makes me smile, thank you! I try my best.

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  7. That is an adventure all right! Wow! Good for you, I am sure this will be such a bright spot in your life and also your son and daughter-in-love will treasure this visit! You are brave to think this up and then act on it! I look forward to your blog posts when you are back online and showing us your adventure.

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    1. Thank you, Holly! I am typing my response on my cellphone - a very new experience to be without Internet, TV, newspapers - and news. I sleep better!
      Of course the mixture will do it. The triplets are gorgeous - I would like to post a photo, but - understandably - I am not allowed to.
      Second day here, second day sunshine - in that light it is a beautiful country sight.

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  8. It's great to be able to control events rather than the other way round.

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    1. Yes, even if I only think so, Tasker!
      I love that feeling of being able to do something - how it works out the future will tell.

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  9. Oh Britta .... I’m so happy for you ...... you need to see the triplets. We saw our grandchildren ( and children ) yesterday .... hadn’t seen them since August ! ...... we have been lucky to have FaceTime but it’s not the same as seeing everyone in ‘ real life ‘ is it ? XXXX

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  10. Hi, Jackie - sorry that I answer so late to your comment! You know why - I will have some very trying telephone calls with Vodafone and feel like impersonating Judy Dench in "Best Merrygold Hotel" - not coming through the line...
    I am glad that you could see your grandchildren - such a wonderful event in our lives! Will soon write a new post in Berlin...on the road again...XXXX

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