A random day in Germany. A random day in my life. And the same day I have written this post last year. That wasn’t planned but how interesting. Well and it isn’t really a random random regular day in Germany. At least not for me. It is November 9th today. A date that has a significantly important relevance in a Germany’s history.
November 9, 1938 – one of the darkest days in German history.
The November pogroms of 1938 in reference to the night from 9 to 10 November 1938 were violent measures organized and directed by the National Socialist regime against Jews in the German Reich.
November 9, 1989 – one of the most joyful das in German history.
The fall of the Berlin Wall (Mauerfall) in November 1989, during the Peaceful Revolution, was a pivotal event in world history which marked the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the figurative Iron Curtain.
Way am I mentioning this? Because today it was the most important part of my day. But let’s start at the beginning.
1.18 am – I wake up and need to use the bathroom and get a sip of water.
2.22 am – awake again…
2.50 am – again waking up, using the bathroom and another drink.
5.24 am – sigh awake again. Try to doze before waking completely… which works because next time I check the clock it’s
6.54 am – I keep my eyes closed trying to figure out if I should keep on sleeping. Still tired and exhausted.
7.00 am – the husbands alarm goes off (which is basically kind of my alarm too if I am not yet awake). I roll over and we snuggle.
7.02 am – husband gets up. I also roll out of bed, use the bathroom, get a sip of water and grab the phone to go back to bed.
7.05 am – I jot down the first part of this post on my phone in bed. Very unusual as I don’t use my phone in bed. A habit I establish in 2019 I think.
7.15 am – take my kindle book “Howls and Hollows” to read.
8.15 am – finished the book. Hadn’t planned to do so but couldn’t stop. So the start to the day is a bit late but oh we’ll. Getting up and making coffee. As the husband so adequately pointed out only so he can make the bed. His daily doing and I love him for it.
8.20 am – on the couch with my coffee scrolling through Instagram.
8.40 am – kissing the husband good bye who is heading into the office today. Pondering if I should do yoga before showering… scrolling more Instagram…
8.50 am – rolling out the yoga mat.
9.15 am – done with yoga off to the shower, getting dressed, doing make-up, starting a load of laundry, making some tea while loading and starting the dishwasher (was lazy last night)
10.00 am – at the desk. First task going through potential new project I could apply too. I find two interesting projects. I realize I need to update my CV because I recently won an award and I should include that. I upload my new documents to the platforms and send of my application. I follow up on a project by calling a lady but she is not available.
I really really need to clean up my desk.
11.25 am – short break to stretch my muscles and I quickly text my sister about tonight.
11.30 am – client work. Updating the online shop with some technical stuff. Creating a new B2B newsletter and briefing the creative team that are quickly responding.
12.30 pm – short break for stretching and putting the laundry in the dryer… of course that one needed cleaning first.
12:40 pm – updating a landing page with the photos I just received.
1.04 pm – time for lunch. But first cleaning up the kitchen quickly because, well it’s about time. Then lunch with a podcast “Freelance Writing Coach” and a bit of Instagram scrolling.
2 pm – back at the desk with a fresh coffee and a meeting about our Pinterest campaign and how to move forward.
3 pm – meeting is over, client needs to attend to other meeting so we can’t update and will talk more in our Jour Fixe tomorrow. That also means I don’t have any more immediate tasks I have to attend or can attend to right now. So I decide to call it a work day and spend time with blogging. I finish up, check emails and scheduling meetings.
3.20 pm – hang up the laundry I started during lunch, unload the dishwasher, getting a drink
3.30 pm – sitting down in my reading chair with my laptop and opening WordPress and Feedly to do this NaBloPo thing. Reading all posts from yesterday (yes I am starting to get behind) and finishing up some pictures for a post I have already written. Also working a bit on this post.
4.45 pm – need to get ready for my evening plans. Touching up make-up, packing my bag, getting the trash ready to take along, starting the robot vacuum to work while I am gone.
5.07 pm – leaving the house.
5.17 pm – catching the bus 10 min earlier than intended. Trying to read some blog posts but I am getting motion sickness today. So I look out the window mostly.
6.05 pm – arriving at Berlin central station. Walking to the tram for the last leg of the journey. And yes, I live in Berlin and so do my parents. Still I need over an hour to get there.
6.20 pm – hopping into the store to get some white roses.
6.30 pm – arriving at my parents home. Dad invited my sister and I for dinner.
7.05 pm – heading towards church with my sister. Dad follows with his bike since he can’t walk very well anymore.
When we moved to Berlin in 1991 my mother always did a little 9th of November tour with us to remember the Progroms of 1938. We usually gotten some white roses and candles and walked to the synagogue in Oranienburger Straße and stopped at the old jewish cemetery that also housed a retirement home that Nazis occupied and used as deportation facilities. Sometimes we did a longer tour and headed to the memorial in Rosenstraße as well.
In the past years I was not able to do so regularly. When my sister suggested we should go this year we all immediately agreed. Only my sister not living in Berlin couldn’t join.
7.30 pm – memorial church service for victims of the 1938 Progrom night. My mom joins us.
8.30 pm – silent memorial walk (1,5 km) through the neighborhood passing the old synagogue
and ending at a memorial site of a deportation facility.
9.50 pm – headed home, leaving some more roses at memorial sites along the way.
10.15 pm – heading home, learning Spanish, writing on this post, just letting my mind wander and think about tonight.
11.19 pm – bus arrives home, now just a short walk.
11.29 pm – I am home.
11.31 pm – I am in my pjs and head to the living room where the husband is. We kiss hello and tell each other from our days. Today we spend a bit more time talking. And it is somewhat part a celebration of the second part of this memorable day. The husband and I would not know each other without the incidents in 1989. And so wouldn’t my sisters have met their significant other. I remember this today and am thankful.
12.09 am – I am tired and get ready for bed.
12.21 am – I am in bed and taking my book out to read a bit
12.39 am – I am calling it quiets after the kindle has almost fallen on my face the third time and I really don’t know what is happening in the book. So good night it is.
But now let me know: What has surprised you in my day? What would have been overwhelming? What do you envy? How is your life different? How does it compare?