Monday, the 3rd of October, was a public holiday here in Germany. On this day, the reunion of East and West Germany is celebrated. Various events are hold, such as concerts, special masses in church, and gatherings where politicians give speeches to remind us that this country was divided for 40 years and that it is possible to overcome differences if everybody makes a bit of an effort. Also, the fact that not a drop of blood was spilled to achieve this reunion is poignant now more than ever, in the view of war so close to Europe (and in way too many places all over the world).
To be honest, I did not celebrate the reunion in any particular way, but was simply glad for the chance to sleep a little longer and spend the day not tied to my desk and the computers.
After a quiet morning, the day followed the usual pattern of going to a testing station for my daily COVID test and then on to hospital, the officially negative result stored in my handbag.
My Mum and my sister were there, too. Afterwards, I walked home with my sister to her place and from there took off on my own. The weather was beautiful, sunny and mild, and I enjoyed that walk very much. Those of you who are also walkers know how much this simple activity contributes to one's physical and mental well-being.
As you can see, I was out until sunset and returned home in the dusk.
O.K. was 150 km away at home; the village brass band performed at a local tradeshow mid-afternoon which meant it wasn't feasible for him to drive all the way up to Ludwigsburg and back.
It was the start of a week of nearly unbroken sunshine; we did not see a single drop of rain in spite of some grey clouds casting fast-moving shadows every now and then.