I’ve been in an odd mood all day today. I think maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m exhausted… an early start on Monday plus a couple of bad night’s sleep are the culprits. So nothing has changed in the new year then. My train home was delayed, then as soon as I arrived back in Karlsruhe I went into town to transfer some money and do the shopping. By the time I got home all I could do was put the shopping away and make tea (which is now eaten). Only 11 days into the new year and I already feel like my entire life consists of nothing but work and what would be called chores if I wasn’t all growed up (I spent most of the weekend doing housework!). It’s like ground hog day, except that my version is at least broken up by weeknds. Perhaps I’m living a ground hog week instead? Except that in my version time actually progresses, it’s just me that’s stuck in a loop. I think I need a new hobby. Something productive that will make me feel like I’m actually doing something – but nothing that feels too much like work. Ideas anyone?
It’s the school holidays now in England, or so I’ve been told. Here in Baden-Württemberg school doesn’t finish until 24th July, but I’m sure in some of the other German Bundesländer the kids are already on holiday. The universities, too, are coming to the end of their summer semesters. Pretty soon my building will start to empty. People will be off on their travels… going home to see family and friends, or heading to Spain or Italy to lie on beaches and look at old buildings. I remember those days well. The long, long days with no responsibilities stretching out ahead of me. No more lectures, no more essays… just friends, summer, freedom.
This year I’m not having a summer holiday. My current internship ends on Thursday, 31st July, the next one, should I choose to take it will begin on Monday, 4th August. (I have inofficially accepted, but as yet nothing has been signed). My only trip away will be a day and a half in Hamburg the weekend after next. I guess that means I’m now officially part of the employees club. Better get used to it, eh?