What now? The Challenges of Change…

It’s funny how an impending change makes you look at your current situation very differently. Makes you realise how good it is in so many ways. And makes you realise how much is still on your bucket or to-do list… A month ago our company informed us that certain departments would be relocated from Germany…

The Day the Mindset Changed

Christmas 2015. That is the deadline I have set myself. December 2015 is the month I want to move back to my home, my friends, my family. South Africa. I’ve never been a big one for “setting goals” – but I have always needed something to look forward to. And it is amazing to see…

More than just the Monday Blues

So, I’ve been in Munich for a little over 1 year now. And since my wonderful 3 week holiday at home over new years, I’ve been feeling a little down. Depressed even – and that’s what scares the bejeezus out of me. I don’t want to go down that road again. I’m frantically trying to…

Thoughts on a faraway life

This evening I did something I haven’t done nearly enough in my life.  I stopped. I consciously stopped, and just took it all in. I was at the Christmas market on Marienplatz in the centre of Munich, a glass of warm red Gluehwein in my hand, washing powder & rice cakes in the bag between…

Last week: WTF? – Today: Excited (for now)

It is 00h27 on 10 September 2011, and I’m feeling great. Excited even. This is about as far as you can get from how I felt 1 week ago, when I secretly thought that I wouldn’t mind meeting a bus with some brake failure. Not that I wanted to die, per se, just that I…

How do we fill our time?

I’ve often been called an “energizer bunny” and been told that I can’t sit still. And that was definitely the case when I was younger. So, while I have slowed down a little in my 30s, I still can’t bear the thought of leading a mundane “work-eat-sleep-repeat” life. One of my colleagues says that I…

where were you today?

I went to so many places today. It was one of those interesting days that don’t come around too often, where you have so many different experiences, emotions and frames of minds it’s almost dizzying. It started off with going to bed at around 05h00, in a dressing gown in a 5 star hotel bed.…

so many thoughts

one of the things i love about visiting my parents is the welcome i get from the 2 dogs ms sophie and jacqui. they are always so happy to see me – so much in fact that i only greet jacqui outside because she widdles every time – and this complete unconditional love is so…

a night out – preparation

red wine lindt chilli chocolate manu chau on the stereo   and then it happened   the movie moment   the doing-a-silly-dance-while-trying-to-gell-your-hair-into-an-“i didn’t style this”-look in front of the mirror…   had a good laugh at myself J   and now for a great night out – can’t wait to hit the town with the…