Robert and I got married on the 26th of February, 2013. This is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and write about it. The whole event, from all the paperwork and bureaucracy leading up to the marriage to just getting ready for the wedding that morning, made me think a lot.
Let's start with the immediate.
Waking up in Neukölln, I hurriedly to my "abdominal workout to fight depression," shower, and do my hair. At this point, Robert is already dressed in his pants, shirt and vest and has made us coffee. Thanks, Robert! I still have to fold myself into my fishnets, put my dress on and do make up. I don't usually wear makeup, so of course I fuck up my eyes a few times, which makes us in even more of a rush than before. We can't be late, either, because the Standesamt will cancle and make us reschedule our wedding. Ack! Being a girlie-girl is time-intensive!
We practically run from U-Blaschkoallee to the Standesamt, about 200 meters away. We get to the second floor and everyone, including Sabine, my interpreter, is already there. But the officials haven't called Robert and I yet, so we can relax.
|In the waiting room. Is Robert playing golf?|
The waiting area is all teal carpet and fake beechwood. I sit on the floor and remove the jeans and wool tights I'm wearing under my dress to combat the cold. I'm nervous. I feel like everyone is watching me, waiting for me to do something. I don't really know what to do. I sort of want to be alone. Instead, I get sort of funny, commenting on stupid things, telling jokes, and feel grateful when Robert, Sabine and I get called to a small ante-room to show our passports, sign some papers and have the papers that the Standesamt (my birth certificate, etc.) returned. We also selected our music from the selection they had available. We choose "White Wedding" by Billy Idol as our entrance music and "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC as our exit. And then we go back to the waiting room again.
|I feel so weird standing here. And yet I won't just sit down.|
|I sign with the interpreter and AC/DC starts blaring!|
|I have the marriage certificate in my hand|
|After the Ceremony, outside the Standesamt|
|Thanks for the cake, Olaf!|
I am here in Germany for the long haul, like it or not! So I better like it!
The sun came out on Thursday, and it's still shining!