Yesterday there was an announcement by our cruise ship captain saying that we’d received a mayday signal and we were changing course to assist. The distress call had come from a yacht that was visible slightly to port about half an hour later. The boat was bobbing madly in the waves, without sails and apparently out of power, towing a damaged dingy and with a fluorescent life-vest hoisted on the main mast for extra visibility. It had taken a hawk-eyed bridge officer with binoculars to even find them, and that was after the diligent crew had accidentally come across a crackled SOS radio signal in the first place. On a clear day, you’d be lucky to radio a short distance of ten or fifteen nautical miles, probably a little further than can be seen with binoculars.
I love Berlin. It’s one of the greatest cities in the world, for a lot of different reasons. The main reason for me, is the awesome people that I’ve interacted with over the last few years, both personally and professionally. Nothing else really matters – if you have good people, you have a good life, simple as that. It makes it hard to leave the city, but leave we will, because we both have the incessant need to see other bits of the world and meet even more great people. Berlin is particularly hard to leave, but we’ll be back eventually, full of stories.
On my most recent trip to Spain, I discovered the country’s capital city is one of the coolest places in Europe.
It is done!
I’ve finished the 1000-word challenge after almost two-and-a-half months of solid work, and everything went surprisingly smoothly!
A quick update about a recent podcast that it was my privilege to be part of: My friend Stefano and I had a nice chat about our respective passions in life: language learning and cycling, and how these two things compare when getting ready for a new challenge.