March 2015 - Nr. 3
To say that I am sick and tired of winter is an understatement.
We do not have the opportunity to go south, never have i in
winter, or in summer for that matter. Having 4 cats prevents us
from going on long trips. Why? Have you ever tried to get a
house sitter that you feel you can trust?
A couple of years ago we had opportunity to go away to New
Brunswick for a week, travel included.
That trip reminded us why we had not been on vacation as long as
we had cats.
It was a 2 day trip to get there in a reasonably comfortable
fashion. We meant to drive back on the 7th day, only
to find out that we had to leave already on the fifth day at 6
am, because our house sitter had to suddenly leave. Considering
that the cats would be unattended, we decided to make the trip
without staying somewhere over night. That was 13 hours of
continuous driving with only very short stops for refreshments
of various necessities. Needless to say that as long as the
highways were deserted the best of all husbands drove like the
devil as fast as he could. The major slowdown occurred of course
in Montreal where we arrived in rush-hour. It took over 2 hours
to get through the city.
We arrived home at midnight, which was actually one hour later
due to time zone changes.
So you would think that I am jealous of people that can go away
during the winter or any other time for a vacation?
Strangely enough that is not the case. I wonder myself about
that sometimes. I read somewhere that if you are happy with your
work and your life you won’t have the need to run away and seek
peace and quiet. The only reason why I would love to go away is
curiosity to see and experience other places and cultures. But
even that is made easy these days for someone who cannot go
away. We have the internet where you can travel anywhere
anytime. There is a wealth of information, pictures, videos,
films and what not to be discovered. When I was a kid my parents
spoke of travelling ”mit dem Finger auf der Landkarte”, “with
the finger on the map”. That experience is a lot richer these
days and will be even richer in the near future with virtual
experiences in 3d.
Thinking of that I cannot help but observe that our generation
is the one with the most changes in our times. I used to marvel
at the fact that our grandparents and parents went from the
lantern to landings on the moon. Our lifetime has brought even
more fast changes in technologies, and now it is our time to
complain that we cannot keep up any more.
So I do not travel. It makes life a lot easier. I do not have to
stand in lines for security and endure other indignities. I get
to stay at home, tend my garden and enjoy it, and look at the
world from a safe place on the internet. However, some people do
travel and you can read about some of their adventures in Ingrid
Oppermann’s report about the trip to Cuba with Ulli Jeschke.
Get prepared for Easter early, it is closer than you think. We
will be back, this time already in 3 weeks!
Until next time
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of Echo Germanica,
comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events, German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
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