Another couple of weeks have gone by and I’m slowly getting used to life in Munich. The job is still uninspiring and mundane, but I’m trying to take from it what I can, be that creatively or otherwise.
The weekend before last was sunny and warm, so I took the train to Westpark and spent the afternoon reading my book by the lake. The next day, I was back on the train to Salzburg, and onwards to Fuschlsee. Adele and I spent the day hiking the Frauenkopf mountain and sitting by the lake. It was SO hot and sunny, but absolutely perfect. Being back in the mountains was the best feeling ever; I didn’t realise just how much I missed it. It was sweaty and hard work and at times we had to really scramble, but it was amazing. At the top, we had a 360 degree view of the Salzkammergut region and all the various lakes and mountains and we spent a good hour there just soaking it in. On the way back down, we stopped at a cute inn for a post-hike beer, before heading back down to the lake, which was now bathed in the late afternoon sun. On the bus and then train back to Munich, I was sweaty, dirty and exhausted, but so so happy.
Last weekend, I also got back to nature. Whereas on Saturday, I had to do the boring shit (my first grocery shop in about three weeks… woops….), on Sunday, I took the S Bahn to Starnbergersee, the Müncheners summer retreat. Everyone I know was out of town, so I took the opportunity to take my book, ipod and spent a very hot afternoon wandering around the lake, lying in the sun and getting pensive on a few jetties. Of course, given the weather, an ice cream was in order! Summer seems to have truly arrived in Munich! From the lakeside, the mountains were just about visible, which made the whole scene even more beautiful. Now, I’m back in the office, looking out at sunny Munich; I can’t wait to get back into the mountains.
Job update: It’s still fairly uninspiring; I’m trying to be creative, but the politics of business makes it difficult for me to do anything other than just conform. I now truly understand the idea of “living for the weekend” and I’m spending longer and longer at the gym because it serves as a distraction. One good thing I suppose, is that I#m moving apartments at the end of the month. As I’ve said before, where I am now is disgusting at best, so I’m glad to have found somewhere new to live! I’ve also met some new people: last Friday evening, I went to the Augustiner Biergarten with Katie and some of her intern friends, one of whom is from Cheshire! All in all, I’m not falling in love with Munich like I did with Salzburg, but that was to be expected. I’ve had my experience of a dream lifestyle, now I’ve got to work. That being said, I’m doing all I can to have fun!