The mood that strikes me as I continue our exploration of Bern is one of languor (of the senses). It’s not so much a destination I am heading towards but a state of mind, a feeling, a place of comfort and healing after heartbreak and the chill and sting of it . I am not just walking the streets in this city, I am taking healing strides, no longer rushing but leisurely knitting my emotions back together and moving toward feeling good again, alive again with every step and every sight that I see. Nowhere to be and all the time to get there until I find myself in the now, where the past does not have a hold on me.
Of course I could do this back home(and I do) but it is certainly nicer for me to be able to do it in Europe. There is a myriad of feelings that these cities arouse in me. Maybe I lived in Europe in a past life, I do not know. The old world charm of many European cities echoes in me as if I know them on a far more intimate level than that of mere visitor. What else can explain this ‘kinship’ I feel with these places, way of living, beliefs, architecture and people and food.
The air here is different to me or maybe it is just me that is different—I thrive in this environment –travelling, exploring new places and cultures, new foods, meeting new people. It is a challenge to understand it fully and to try and communicate the pleasures of it all.
After hours of walking Bern, we stop at a large open square filled with outdoor seating for all the restaurants/cafes lining one side. Time for wine! Imagine this—sitting at a table with a chilled glass of wine, surrounded by buildings who knows how old, in the company of fellow travelers, city dwellers, men playing something akin to life size chess on the sidewalk. The sounds—whispers of conversations in many foreign tongues, laughter, the gurgle of a fountain where birds dip and sip-- all these sounds floating on the soft evening breezes. And NO car horns to disrupt it all.
I just sat back, and let myself absorb in every way possible the experience with every sense and on every level.
This is a great way to spend an early evening. Ahhh, this is what I love.
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