TravelJust a few notes about 2009. Since I had no holidays for years and a case of guardianship in the family, I decided to do as much as possible short trips across Europe. Unfortunately the reviews I wrote on TripsByTips disappeared as I mentioned in another blog, so here some notes about this experiences. Consider it as a spontanous memory experiment, to learn from.

Amsterdam, 8.4. – 14.4.2009

Living in a nice guesthouse next to a canel, I was strolling around the city. Not remembering that much, since I have been there several times before. Was impressed by a chinese man, living in Vienna who told me that he is spending every weekend in Amsterdam, because Vienna made him depressive, due to the big white buildings there. He preferred the small red ones.

Potsdam, 27.4.-29.4.2009

There I was amazed by how quickly they rebuild the historical city and dealt with the further planning of the area. The reason for the journey was a seminar. I was a bit disappointed they did no team building events outside the hotel.

Paris, 30.4.-3.5.2009

Was just in the mood for updating my map of the city and looking for clothes for challenging people hardly to find in Germany. Unbelievable difficult to remember, what I did exactly also here, because I have been there many times before and later.

Berlin, 7.5.-10.5.2009

Went to Berlin for business reasons and added some days to have a change of scenery. Basically I spent most of the time in Charlottenburg and Mitte.

Cannes, 30.7.-5.8.2009

Having worked in Nice for some months 14 years ago, I did not manage it to visit Cannes at that time. So we were discovering the beaches in the area and spent most of the evenings in one of the many restaurant along Rue St. Antoine to enjoy the manifold meals and watch the tourist streams walking up and down the alley. Liked some hidden beaches outside, but also the sports beaches within the city and the impressive yachting harbor. One day we went to Nice.

Ibiza, 10.9.-24.9.2009

A typical party holiday. I was sleeping most time of the day and visiting the famous clubs at night. Was a bit annoyed that the gods started playing at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. On the other hand quite interesting to get up at night and visit one of those dream like spectacles at Amnesia. Feels like finding oneself in another dream. Was meeting people who spent all of their holidays there for decades and found it a bit complicated to enter those well practiced groups. On the other side I met people who avoided to meet somebody of their groups. One day I went to the legendary Cafe del Mar to watch the famous sunsets there. Since it was to busy I went to another place at the promenade.

Madrid, 29.09.-4.10.2009

Being the first time in this city I was busy with exploring all of its amenities. Was impressed by the massive colonialist merchant and trading houses in the inner city and the pulsating nightlife. One day I spent in the Prado, dealing with european history and the leisure area next to it. Was at a birthday party and amazed, that people were discussing about what language the spanish king should speak, and some people refused to sit at a table where a spanish flag was in the middle, and not the one of their region.

Copenhagen, 7.10.-11-10.2009

There I was taking part in the Kulturnatten, where several cultural venues opened their doors and offered manifold events. In the parliament I was amazed by the development of regulations for german and danish minorities in both countries. At the post museum they discussed how many CO2 an email is producing and the dark sides of the technological revolution. Then I visited the royal guards and dealt with their development and function. Later I enjoyed the view over the city from the round tower. The next day I visited the outdoor exhibition “100 places to remember” due to the world climate summit taking place there this year. Then I had a stroll through the autonomous community of Christiania to find out, how they life.

Warsaw, 14.10.-18.10.2009

In Warsaw I was amazed by the manifold faces of the city reflecting the regimes of the past in close neighbourhood: historical old town, ghetto, socialist and modern area. Was amazed by an exhibition dealing with the fears of polish intellectuals of the westernization of the country in the 80s.

Budapest, 21.10.-27.10.2009

Was visiting Hungary for their national holiday and was surprised by immense national socialist demonstrations within the city, learning about their view of the development in the last decade in Europe. Then I was attending an exhibition of Turner and dealt with the making of his travel sketches and paintings. Apart from that I was doing the obligatory sightseeing, shopping, dining and clubbing.

London, 29.10.-2.11.2009

Not having been to London for 20 years I wanted to check, how the city has developed since then. First the typical tourist programm, walking up and down Oxford Street, strolling along the riverside and enjoying the nightlife around Leicester Square. Since having visited Turner already in Budapest the week before, I went to the National Gallery to see his finished oeuvres. Then I discovered the Building Centre and was dealing with New London Architecture especially the London Plan. Loved the British Music Experience Museum for the smart entrance card enabling the storage of what you did and what you have seen.

Lisbon, 5.11.-9.11.2009

Having been there for the first time, I visited all the mayor spots of interest. First I climbed around the old castle, then I had a look at the old town. Was very impressed by the exhibition park, the oceanario and the Vasco da Gama bridge. If I remember it right, I have seen the first self check-out supermarket there. Then I went to the Gulbenkian Foundation and dealt with artistic, social and cultural developments.

Berlin, 11.11.-15.11.2009

Berlin again for a job interview. Living in Prenzlauer Berg for the first time, I explored this part of the city. Liked the many comfortable brunch places.

Krakow, 24.12.2009-7.1.2010

Was taking part in blind booking from Germanwings and got Krakow. The weather was that horrible, that we were not allowed to land. The pilot announced that he would land anyway, because his stewardess wanted to spend christmas there. If he wouldn’t manage it, we could complain with the airline. Holy night I spent in St. Mary’s Basilika famous for the hejnal, new years eve first at the public party on the main square, then in a trendy club. Liked the Kosciuszko Mound outside, the medieval city center, Kazimierz and the crazy clubs. I met a bloke who took me to Zakopane, a famous skying resort there, where I went to the hairdresser without understanding a word.

If you ask me now, why I reacted how to some situations, the answer is probably more difficult than what I can remember spontanously. Probably much to do with habitudes and prior experiences or not experiences. But without doubt, there is a need for better documentation and analysis.

Going to consult Facebook in the next step to enrich this blogpost, with my past information available for me to improve this consolidation.

Let me tell you, how the story continued. One day later I had a look at the postings and comments I made in  2009 on Facebook. So I could retrieve the information that I discovered the Building Center and British Music Experience in London that year. Unfortunately I started Facebook only in April 2009. Furthermore I was wondering why I was consolidating Lisbon in Berlin, and why and how I commented some postings of others, maybe still having impact on my life today without me knowing about it. Since I could have said things on classical media too, I have a rough idea what was going on later in the political room in Germany, with what consequences. Obviously I was not able integrate the various and opposing interest groups. #Sensemaking

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