HH, back to arbeit


I arrived in Hamburg without incident and then had a wild night out dancing with Olaf and Nico, as yesterday was a holiday here and nobody was working. Today I have started to get setup and back to work life. I will spend the next month here in Hamburg working with Olaf on a few projects for his site and then also doing my normal work for my clients back in the US. It feels a little weird at the moment trying to get back into the swing of work after all that travelling. But then, my empty bank account demands it, and demands it now. I am very happy to see my friend Olaf again, and it is always nice to be back in Hamburg. This is my third time, and I can no longer avoid the guilt I feel over not speaking any German, so I am going to try to follow an online course and at least take the opportunity to improve while I am here. It always feels a bit alienating at the dinner table to be listening to the back and forth of conversations and not understand a thing. I have no illusions that I will be able to do this well within a month (as this is after all one of the hardest things to do in any language), but I will at least make an effort to understand and integrate more than before.