Many of you who know me personally or read my personal blog (not this one) know that my life is pretty crazy. I am constantly on the go, go, go so being here in Stuttgart and being all relaxed is a bit weird sometimes. At first, my biggest problem was having lots of spare time on hands. I didn't know how to fill it and be still.
However, right now I am more relaxed and enjoy my downtime. Well, downtime is a bit much as I always find something to do after work whether it is watching fütbol, meeting up with friends for drinks and/or dinner, shopping, running around, getting chores complete, taking walks or going to the gym. Yep, about a month ago I found a gym which is about four minutes walking distance from my hotel. At first, it took me about 1 week to find the joint as it is tucked away but after entering the first day, I did a serious triple take.
'Feel Good' gym is a serious throw back to easier and less high tech and advanced times. There are about 18 pieces of machine in total and some of them are a bit......antiquated. When I first walked in, I looked around with huge, shocked eyes. I was so not expecting this small place but here it was. In the days that followed, I started to enjoy the gym. When I go, there is usually about two other people sweating it up. The most people I have seen in that gym after work is four, at once. At first I thought it was just out and out GHETTO but it has grown on me. Now, I like going in and listening to my music or the German radio and not have to look at people who are trying to impress everyone else in the place with how much they can bench press. (sigh) No one cares!
Since I am now focusing on purely and simply having fun or getting boring stuff done after work, it will be a challenge for me when I get home to readjust. After I get back home, I know I will miss the slower pace that I am used to now and know I will miss the leisurely hours spent over a pint or watching games at a bar or laughing it up with friends after work. Only 7 weeks to go and then poof, reality will set back in.