He said a trip to California may be unlikely for him, so I will have to return and see him again.
I kissed him goodbye and as he left, so did all unfavorable thoughts of Berlin.
Who knew that growing up with a jewelry-obsessed family would actually have some value in life.
John decided to take the train with me going the opposite direction from where he needed to go and he also walked me to my hotel, which I most likely would have struggled to find, too.
Berlin was initially unplanned, unpleasant, and I was momentarily lost. John was the first person I met outside of the airport as I struggled with the German signs and with figuring out my location without wifi.
But I found new friends who helped me navigate a city that turned out to be so intriguing, so captivating, and so intoxicatingly confident. He was rushing to catch the train to get home from his university, where he studies to be a goldsmith and jeweler I talked about a few precious gems, which impressed him, and he decided to delay his trip to help me get to my hotel.
Eli Med May 2017 | Berlin I adore Berlin, but it was not love at first sight; probably because my first experience of the city was at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), a cold, charmless, and industrial remnant of a divided German past.
On top of this, he helped charm the receptionist in German, of course, into getting me a better room than what the airline booked for me.
After he was sure that I was checked-in and that my room was clean and comfortable, John had to rush out to catch the next train.
Directly following the Meet & Greet for Collaborative Networks, which presented the Sound Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe (SHAPE), Sound of Culture, Culture of Sound (So CCo S) and European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) initiatives, the speed-dating session invites all interested artists and potential collaborators to individually meet with select representatives from these networks.
Also present will be members from ICAS - International Cities for Advanced Sound and Related Art, a worldwide network that assembles over 35 independent organisations that support new music, audiovisual creativity, digital innovation and related fields.