I am sorry for you, I am still not the best at photographing my life, but I try really hard to illustrate this post nonetheless. After all the monthly stories there will be a summary of interesting events and fact!
Take a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the read :)
Some pictures of my wagon, it went from worst looking to best looking on the whole site after I painted it. If I have to stay here for longer I have a plan for some graffiti design over the yellow.
I painted the bike too ;)
Last weeks have been sunny and warm. Up to 22 degrees, even worth taking off your shirt every now and then!
Parks transform into public barbecues, jugglers and slack liners are everywhere.
My life here in Berlin goes well. Working in the circus every morning, training acrobatics every afternoon, juggling every night, that is pretty much how things go.
This work week was quite difficult: 65 kids which is double the usual, age 11 – 13. They told us they had some kind of learning disabilities but it was actually mostly complicated behaviour dysfunction I don’t know how to call it.
I was responsible for 6 girls and one guy who I had to teach walking on the tight wire and making an act with them. For three of them it was impossible to be silent and listen to me or do what I say, one of them was addicted to trying to walk alone when I would not watch and then fall badly, three of them were ill during some days of the week which made it harder to make an act, one of them decided 5 minutes before the show started that he did not want to perform and one of them never talked. Oh and none of them had a reliable memory.
Luckily the kids were wonderful, loved me, laughed and danced with me (the whole class loves this annoying ‘Nossa Nossa’ song which we used for our act and finale of the show) and I got a handwritten letter of thanks from one of the girls!
Amazing, but it takes all your energy.
Luckily it is vacation now. Continue reading »
Before I went to Berlin I thought Berlin was the juggling capital.
I was disproven quickly, it’s like the juggling Mekka!
So far I have met many great jugglers on the open trainings and I have not even been to the katakomben yet! For example Fabio Zimmermann (was at Dutch convention last year), Luke Burrage (I’m in the background of his latest blog video), Korbinian Gött (I can not stop watching his dancing comedy amazing club moves since Carvin this summer), Eoin Allan (an Irish guy who went to Berlin to juggle and is at almost every training night) and many many great combat players.
I can keep naming names but it is more about the experience anyway.
So far it has been wonderful to live in Berlin! I don’t have internet in my house so I have been spending my time on training circus skills, working, making music; things that I really enjoy.
I live in a two room apartment that is part of a church, since Wednesday I live there together with my roommate Teija from Finland. The ceiling is high (which is of course great for juggling) and the rooms are big. Too bad this place is just temporary.