|My new sewing machine!|
On Thursday Robert was acting weird, insisting that I come over to his house in the evening evening though I had slept there the night before. "Okay, okay!" I was annoyed, but it seemed so important to him. I arrived around 9:30 and a ton of my friends were there! He threw me a surprise party! Unbelievable! I've always hoped someone would do that for me. No one ever had, until now. It was a great night of conversation and music. I was reminded yet again that I am most definitely in the right place in the world.
I have been walking through my neighborhood lately, and though much of Wedding is highly urbanized, I have to say this place is GORGEOUS! Right around the corner is a river and verdant greenery, birds and squirrels. As soon as all the construction on the building is done, I think this will be a positively wonderful place to live. Though I have liked a few of the places I have lived in Berlin, Soldinerstrasse is my favorite so far.
All this is around the corner form my flat.
I auditioned for a part with Wasteland Twinning yesterday and got the role. Sometime next weekend I will be giving an improvised, interactive endurance performance, playing a character in an urban wasteland on the space behind Köpenicker Straße studios next to Kopi squat, opposite Radialsystem V next to the Spree river. At the exact same time someone will be giving a performance using the same character sketch in Amsterdam, Holland. The event will last about 5 hours. It will be difficult but worthwhile. At the end of it all, I will sleep for a very long time. I am VERY excited about this bizarre and unique opportunity.
And lastly, it has been HOT in Berlin! Really hot! I have been wanting to go swimming in one of the many lakes here in Berlin since I landed, and have not been able to find the time. Yesterday there was a small party called "Queer Beach" at Müggelsee. Robert and his friend Tobi and I went in the evening, around 8. I had only been there about 5 minutes when I decided it was time for a swim. Though the twilight air was beginning to cool, the water was quite warm. I tore off all of my clothes and ran in. How marvelous, to swim naked in a lake while the moon is rising and the sun sets. Robert joined me and after cavorting in the lake for a bit, we dried ourselves off, joined Tobi on the blanket and ate sausages.
An excellent evening.
I'm sorry to say I forgot my camera for both my surprise party (but how was I supposed to know?) and Queer Beach, still, I hope you enjoy the few photos I have included in this blog.
These two photos are total non-sequitors, but I didn't have anywhere else to put them. Firstly, there is a Yoga room at SFO International? Oh, San Francisco, would you like soymilk with that? Also, when you only have 3,30€ in your pocket and are hungry, breakfast at Sharky's Cafe on the corner of Osloerstrasse and Koloniestrasse can't be beat!