Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Computer was Stolen in Berlin:

My computer was stolen in Berlin, from my hotel room, and it was really truly awful. I re-entered my room Thursday evening, after returning from the office; a fourth day of intensive editing work past me after flying back to Amsterdam from the Midwest just six nights before. I was tired and hungry and my computer was not where I left it, it was gone. It turns out that the hotel's cleaner didn't lock my room and thus it was stolen after that fact. Charger, case, and computer–all gone. Yesterday I went to the Apple store here in Amsterdam, so shiny and new as it is, and decided upon which new specimen I will purchase to replace the missing one–the hotel is paying for it. They're being quite nice about it really, and they should be–they cost me three sleepness nights and a computer and a half hour of verging on a nervous breakdown. It was a hotel that one could describe as 'hip'; maybe that is also the problem. To make it all more enjoyable, I had to stay at the hotel for two more nights after the incident happened because I left on Saturday! Though I was thinking it was nearing time for a new computer, this isn't really the way I wanted to replace it. I'll be purchasing a Macbook Pro 13" Retina, and I'm excited. It's on the hotel.

It seems that the other and I generally go somewhere for Christmas every year and this year we are going to Paris on Wednesday and I couldn't be more excited, because this is precisely the first time I will have ever been to Paris, with someone I love. So that's a first, and a good first at that. I've been to Paris many times, and every time I visit, I always discover something new–a great boutique, a small sweets bakery, a tiny park... It's a bit like Amsterdam in that sense; a layered red-onion, the center its core. And, in absence of my computer, I've been reading more paper and watching more of the International Herald Tribune videos on my phone: hello Louise Story and David Gillen!

Christmas has happened upon Amsterdam; the decorations have been pumped up this year, especially around Spui. Has the city been reading my critiques of their holiday decor over the years? Could be, could be... Other than just finishing up 2012 tasks, of which there are few to begin with, I'm ready for 2013.

And Paris.
On Wednesday.