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Barcelona and Leipzig Bookfair

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It's Saturday morning, 8:12 am and I'm sitting in the ICE train Leipzig to Munich. It's been a busy week: I was in Barcelona on Monday/Tuesday and then took the train to Leipzig on Thursday morning, way too early. It's been one of these weeks where the traveling has been too much, mostly because I was traveling with colleagues and that always involves going out and drinking too much in the evening. You might want to say it's my own fault if I'm hangover and tired, but unless you are either a very disciplined or a very boring person, it is difficult to stay in the hotel and go to bed early when everyone else is out and about at book fair parties. Still, at 1 am I felt like crying because I was just too exhausted and overwhelmed from the week, so I went back to the hotel for a few hours of sleep before catching the train home.

I'm flying to Egypt tomorrow morning (again 6am, what's it with the early flights??), vacation this time, 1 week beach and kitesurfing. Right now, I'm not looking forward to it at all, I just want to lie in my bed in Munich and be left alone. But on the other hand I haven't been kitesurfing for a year and am sure to get back to normal quickly after a day of doing sports and hanging out at the beach with my friends. Since I travel so much for work, actually taking vacation has been become a bit of a problem for me. I've always been someone with tons of dreams and places I want to see, but nowadays when I think of time off I just want to stay at home. I know that everyone around me understands that and, even begs me to then just do it(!), but when you've always always used your vacation to discover new things and visit friends & family elsewhere it's hard and and I'm always in conflict on what to do. Ach, too much overthinking again, I'm sure Egypt will be awesome and will take my mind off work and other things which are constantly in my head! And I love being a surfer girl!

Ok, so let me end this post by sharing a couple of happy impressions of this week when I've felt so lucky to not have a 9-5 desk job:

First of all, a beautiful view of the mountains breaking through the clouds on my flight to Barcelona:

Just being in Barcelona. Being able to speak Spanish is one of the best things in the world for me and I go into Spanish mode within an hour and then just can't stop talking and laughing. My 2 Spanish colleagues Sara and Paola are just wonderful, I am so happy to work and travel with them:)

Watching my colleagues and our authors present at the Leipzig Bookfair. Fairs are so busy and loud and overwhelming and go-go-go, it always is a very special atmosphere and I feel proud, important and part of something big:

Stayed @Barcelona:
Hotel: Silken Ramblas (Rooftop pool, right by la Ramblas and Placa Catalunya)
Amazing Food: A tu Bola (best falafel I have ever had)

Stayed @Leipzig:
Hotel: Westin Leipzig (pool, gym, wonderful massage therapist and next to the trainstation)
Dinner: Pho Viet (good & lots of food, atmosphere is okay)

Posted by AndreaLed 00:32 Archived in Spain

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