I’ve landed this one so many times. From sun and warmth and Naarm to grey and cold and Berlin — You talking about the taxi drivers, Frances? I’m talking about the … never mind.
I thought it was called a Sun Dog. Similar, but different. It’s a Glory. Last time I saw a glory was flying into London to work with Onyx on Take This, For It Is My body, early morning end-October last year. That time, the plane raced along at its centre, as a shadow on the ground.
It’s an early morning thing, and cold morning one. This time I wasn’t sure it was real or just my eyes diffracting the scratched plastic and glass of the window. It came and went for some minutes, waning and waxing then departing as we altered course. It wasn’t very pronounced, but still, sun glory over the Baltic, flying from Helsinki to Berlin on the last leg of my first return to Naarm / Melbourne in a decade.
I find a quiet byway and stretch myself out. Old habit of transfers, me on the floor in an airport. Later, I go to the bathroom and give my face a scrub and moisturise, brush my teeth. New habit of transfers. My nose is Australian Red from the sun, and compression socks scratch my sunburn. Also a new habit — the socks, that is.
Home for the next nine and an half hours. Tail Cam view of Cathay Pacific Airbus A350–900 flight AY5834, Melbourne to Hong Kong. The food was well up to remembered standards of Cathay.
That went quickly.
Also in keeping with the theme of obvious symbolism I’ve been on the receiving end of the last couple of days, here’s a Thai Airways plane getting prepped for departure.
This is when Strada Bianche became the classic it always was. Everything I love when I ride: cold, wet, snow, rain, mud and gravel, cobblestones, hours of enduring suffering, becoming one with the earth and weather, winter and spring. And watching women’s racing excel in the last couple of years.
My flatmate is the best flatmate. (Was fully delicious. I scoffed it in bed while hooning the Regenbogen Autobahn. And followed it with a block of chocolate. Also was the full moon. Oh! And taken with my new, sci-fi iPhone SE. First images even.)
I only care about white asparagus season because it means rhubarb season.
OooyesssStockhom! Rather excited. Never been so far north. Only two weeks to wait. In the meantime:
1. Yoga & Shibari monthly workshop with Dasniya Sommer
When: Tuesday, April 21st
Time: 7-11 pm
Cost: 20€ for the evening
At: Teatris/Alte Kantine Wedding in
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt in Wedding, Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr
In case you don’t find it, or the door is locked, please call when you are in the courtyard:
+ 49 174 393 70 49
2. Intermediate Ballet class at Motions* Berlin
Dasniya will be teaching Jo Siska’s ballet class:
When: 12 – 12:30h
Saturday, April 18th + 25th
Location: Motion*s, directly at Moritzplatz (U8 und M29),
Access via Oranienhof coming from Oranienstraße, staircase B1
Costs: 6 €
3. Performance & workshops in Stockholm
From April 28th – May 3rd Dasniya and Frances will be teaching three workshops in Stockholm at NYXXX:
- 3 days workshop Tuesday-Thursday April 28-30
- One evening Yoga + Shibari, Saturday May 2nd, 14:00–17:00
- Workshop on Self-suspension in ropes Sunday May 3rd, 14:00–17:00
- Performance at 18.00 on Sunday May 3rd
More information at NYXXX