Coloring Outside of the Lines in Berlin: Where Are You Going and Where Have You Been?

In Interview on October 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

While staying at the amazing hostel Jetpak Alternative in Kreuzberg, Berlin, I met several great people; mostly from England and Australia, one from Brazil, another from Japan and two sisters from Argentina. It was my last night at the hostel and as I sat at the kitchen table with a couple of sweet and well-traveled Australians, I coaxed them (minimally, of course) into answering a couple questions.

Daniel; a product designer from Sydney.

Where have you (just) been?


Where are you going (next)?

New York.

What do you think the most important lesson you’ve learned is?

Uh, to be a little bit more easy-going and be less uptight. I’ve learned a lot, but that’s probably the best one. Be more easy-going and go with the flow instead of planning every single detail of my life.

Emily; a student turned nomad turned bartender (for now) from the East coast of Australia

Where are you going (next)?

We’re getting on the night-train to Munich and then straight back to Kitzbühel in Austria where I’ll be working for the winter.

Really? What are you going to be doing?

Working behind a bar, you know like a music kind of bar, serving drinks which I’ve never done before but I’ve told the guy that I have done a lot of. [Laughs] So, hopefully it’s going to work out okay.

What do you think is the most important lesson you’ve learned as of now?

[Dan called out ‘always a use a condom’ from the other end of the table]

[Laughs] God, an important lesson. I’m not really sure. A serious lesson?

It can be any kind. I’m not forcing any specific answer, you know, whatever comes to mind.

I’ve learned that curries are cheap and very good in England. I’ve learned that France is full of pretentious people.

Josh; a trade school graduate turned nomad and boyfriend of Emily

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned, Josh?

I’ve learned that people are nice, sometimes. There are a lot of c*nts. [Josh doesn’t say much, but when he does, it’s gold.]

What’s an example of an instance where someone has been really nice to you?

Daniel bought us dinner tonight.

Emily: One time also, when we were hitchhiking in Australia, um, we were like, really, really hungry and we were stuck at a service station in the middle of nowhere and a truckie gave us a whole bag of donuts and it was fantastic. [Laughs] Do you remember that?

Josh: Yeah. I do. They were good donuts.

Dave; a construction manager from Papua New Guinea

Where have you (just) been?

Sofia, Bulgaria.

Where are you going (next)?


What would you say is the most important lesson you’ve learned so far?

In my travels?

It can be in your travels or just life in general.

Um. [Emily in the background: “It’s a hard question.”] It’s a really hard question. Oh, such a hard question. Um, I don’t know, um, try not to have too many enemies.

That’s a good one.


Did something specific teach you this recently?

Uh, no. But I think in general if you’ve got enemies then what goes around, comes around. But you can’t always not have enemies because sometimes no matter what you do, it’s a dead end road.

Thanks, Dave!

No worries.

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