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Stream of consciousness Saturday… perfect timing.

A couple of years ago, whilst on my first business trip to Munich, I was lucky enough to have a great colleague eager to show me round her beautiful city. It was early May with unusually hot weather. This would mean a walking tour, rounded off by a visit to a beer garden. My perfect type of sightseeing.

After a solid 2 hours walking, we decided to visit the cathedral. It looks magnificent from the outside. Little did I know I was in for a spectacular treat. Someone was practicing on the organ. It was my all-time favourite piece for organ… Widor’s Tocatta.

As I stood in the sweet spot of the cathedral, I heard and felt the music flow through me, around me, the deepest notes vibrating my rib cage. Overwhelmed with emotion, silent tears of joy flowed down my cheeks. It was the first time I’d heard the piece played live.

I will never forget it, or my lovely colleague for handing me a tissue for my eyes.

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Travelling again!

There be dragons here!

Goodness me! I’m lucky if I travel once a year for business, but twice in 4 weeks is a record. My suitcase packing looks like I’m head off of holiday. I must remember this is business.

Munich beckons, with its beautiful beer gardens and spectacular architecture (c’mon Cath… keep business head on!). By the looks of the forecast, it’s going to be a hot one. For a change, I am not staying in a hotel. This time I’m booked into an apartment within walking distance of my head office (and a few Bavarian restaurants).

I am going to have to use my rusty German language skills if I want to eat breakfast this week. It will be fun, a cultural adventure. I have a shopping list ready for the week and also to bring some delicacies home with me. Weiß Wurst, Senf, and Obatzda.

I may not have the time to post this week due to work and cultural engagements but I’ll have plenty to write about once I’m home again.

In the meantime, auf weidersehen!