It’s too bad that I don’t have any idea how to translate the saying “Nur die Harten kommen in ‘en Garten” for the non-German-speakers. Because that basically sums up what I think about all the news regarding “Daisy” a blizzard that is expected to hit Germany on the weekend and how Daisy might ruin the Grand Opening of RUHR2010 (European Capital of Culture year) at Zollverein in Essen. Granted, it might have been a bold idea to plan an outdoor opening ceremony and party and 2-day event in January :-) It definitely was equally bold (or let’s say reckless) idea to happily sign up for a volunteer assignment during the Grand Opening. On both days. Outside. On a weekend when the weather forecast tells us to expect a lot of snow and heavy winds (well, a blizzard really).
I probably wouldn’t dare to leave my apartment if I hadn’t signed up for this on the weekend. Or I might have dared outside to stock my fridge and buy some candles and try to get a battery radio, because that’s what some disaster control officials recommend to do. Well, honestly I wouldn’t have done that either, because don’t they always recommend stuff like that?
Anyway I’m determined to volunteer at the Grand Opening tomorrow, come hell or high water (or blizzards named Daisy). Being a part of the whole thing and experiencing new and interesting stuff was the reason I decided to become a volunteer in the first place. And defying Daisy definitely will be one of the interesting things to experience during the European Capital of Culture year. Well, I’m saying that right now. while I’m sitting at home with the heating on and sheltered from the storm. Ask me again after my first shift. If I even make it back home during the storm ;-)
So tomorrow morning I’ll just put on a few layers of clothes, try to borrow a wollen hat from Bro3, because it will protect me from the wind much better than my headband, take my new warm and cosy gloves and march off to the train station in hopes that the train services won’t be shut down. I don’t think ir would be shut down already in the morning anyway, but I’m not so sure about it in the afternoon and evenings… ;-) Yes, I might be the seeing it all through my rose-colored-volunteer-glasses, but it’s going to be adventurous. In a good way, I think. At least it’s going to be something to remember in the months and years to come…