Happy New Year! … and a guest out of Africa…

There is always an interesting comparison between expectations and reality… You expect to have a busy time with a family member. You purchase on-line vouchers with various activities of what you will be doing when they are there, and then the reality is that they are so exhausted from all the walking we do in Germany that they are pretty much ready to keel over at the first breeze…

The reality? In South Africa we don’t walk, we drive from A to B, and then to C. I once measured the amount of steps I took in one normal day (just for the heck of it!). This involved, waking up, driving to work, working, driving past the local supermarket on my way home, spending time and home and then going to bed. 350! I did not get past 400 steps! The recommended amount of steps is 5000… And even if you do go to Gym 3 times a week to work off the sedentary lifestyle we developed, I doubt it is nearly enough…

A major change over here is the walking, and darn it! The Germans can walk helluva fast! It turns in a combination of a run/walk, and its not that I walk slowly by South African standards… NO SIR! I am tall enough to have long legs and when I walk, I walk with direction. I did however quickly forget how taxing the whole walking thing can be in the beginning… sore feet, stiff hips and muscles that shout the next day.

After 6 months you get used to the most of it, you develop your own type of sprinting-rhythm and become part of the masses that walk between stations, work and shops.

Until that is, you get guests out of Africa… 🙂  you are faced with the reality that they cant go that fast, and your pace is exhausting – even if its still slower than the local German pace.

The difference between expectations and reality, the expectation of running around Cologne looking at the sights, the reality of doing a little bit of that but also just chilling at home.

So in the new year, lets do a little bit of running around, a little bit of chilling at home, a little bit of dancing, a little bit of partying and a little bit of… well, everything! 🙂

Happy new year everyone!