Sunday Column (170)

I am on holidays. Yes. I finally booked 2 weeks to move house, go to a friend’s wedding and sort out everything around the new house.

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And, it is Jubilee Weekend. A time people in the UK, and this includes myself, are proud to be (or to live in) British. I love the bunting all over town. It is good to see this country supports its monarchy, is proud of it and proud to be British. I suppose if I had a British passport, I would be too. I must be feeling more British than German by now.

Of course, me being off work, suggests that I might check my emails now and then or do some work. I have decided not to do that. On the one hand because I am in a situation at the moment where I don’t have to, and also I really need to chill out, disconnect and come back after 2 weeks to really rock in my new position at work (same job, don’t worry).

But enough about work. There is one single most important thing that happened this week that makes me most proud: Rohan finally started to walk. It is great to see him walking. Whilst wobbly he is great in getting around. And at a speed too! It is a lot of fun watching him going around, raising his hand saying “Hiya”. Nothing ever prepares you for kids, surely nothing ever prepared me for those little proud moments.

Colin is at a great age too. He had his last day at school on Friday. I managed to pick him up and I was quite sentimental and emotional. Such a lovely group, fantastic people who taught Colin so much over the last year. I hope the new school will be equally as good.

Besides that I had a busy week. I went to the dentist on Monday and will get a new filling coming Wednesday. I tried sorting out our invoice from the solicitor and estate agent and think that our estate agent in Beckenham (Alan de Maid) are useless. They are great when it comes to mortgage advice but any requests for invoices or even when they showed people around, making appointments was not a great experience. Hopefully our last move for a while we hope. Anyway, we are now waiting for the final bill from the solicitor which should come next week – that is from the solicitor Country Wide – again a call centre approach which takes forever to get anything sorted. We will have to deal with them for a while as we need to claim some land. However, until you actually start working with solicitors and estate agents you don’t know what they are like. Enough, we finally move! And in a weeks time I would have forgotten why I think that they still owe us £75….

I guess the secret is that you should not get wound up about things. Particularly when purchasing a house this is easily done. Also when travelling. I went to Rome this week. Due to some cancelled meetings I managed to see St. Peter’s cathedral and a client took us to the Colosseum. It was hot, we had good food, I saw a lot, I got a lot of work done, and I came back home on Thursday at 22.30. Do I mind? No – I actually really enjoyed this trip as it was a very successful one. And that matters to me. I have never been to Rome before, so it showed me another nice Mediterranean country’s capital and the roots of “civilisation”. Definitely a place worth visiting with more time to do some proper sight seeing.

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Rome airport however is very busy and seems very unorganised. It is fascinating though to see so many people going places. The shopping malls at the airport, the different nationalities and reasons to travel. You can meet some interesting people that way.

On Saturday we celebrated Colin’s birthday party. A few days early but we wanted to do it before the move. It was good to see so many folk and catch up. Now we can concentrate on packing bits and bobs and move next week. Nothing else matters. Hopefully the next Sunday Column will be written in Hassocks.

Have a great week, a fantastic bank holiday weekend.

Volker