I wanted to talk a bit about my experience in Bremen so that future volunteers can get an idea of what they're in for. It is also an invitation to abandon uncertainties and doubts, take the suitcase and leave. Enjoy life and the little beautiful things it offers.
It's already been four months since I decided to throw myself into this new adventure, leaving behind common sense and a city I hate to move in Bremen. For two months, however, I have been stuck in Gröpelingen due to the covid situation. It is a working-class district whose economy for a long time was linked to the shipbuilding industry. The district is teeming with factories, shopping malls and residential buildings. Nevertheless, it is easy to delude oneself of being confined to an idyllic place with unspoiled nature. It might look a bit creepy but there are some really nice places like the cemetery to visit. I cannot count all the times I went for a walk in the cemetery, both because it is very close to my home and because it is always silent, full of vegetation and immersed in a muffled atmosphere. Now then, that everything is tinged with an iridescent white with sweet honey-colored streaks, being relegated here isn't so bad. The snow attenuates not only the deafening noises of motorists and passers-by but also those in one's head. It's easier to not overthink. Is like living in another dimension, where you can walk on the clouds and let your thoughts float freely in the snowy sky. I am grateful that my roommates enjoy snow as much as I do, as none of us is used to seeing a lot of it during the winter. It was quite obvious then, that at the first opportunity we threw snowballs into a fight with no losers or winners. Soon after, we took the opportunity to annoy the other volunteers who live a few blocks from us by throwing snowballs at their windows. The attempt to annoy them lasted half an hour and was unsuccessful as apparently, only one of the volunteers was at home and he didn't even notice. This excursus is to say that I have learned to appreciate this city so rich in contrasts and I do not regret having chosen a city that is not very famous and touristy to carry out my ESC project. At the beginning, I thought it would be wiser to choose a bigger city like Berlin that could offer more opportunities to young people especially related to the circus world, which is the one I come from. Now I think if I am here, it's for a reason. I think that all my choices adopted so far, even if not weighted by reason, have not been completely random. Every decision, right or wrong, has led me to where I am now. I have met wonderful people (the other volunteers) with whom I can compare myself on any topic, who slowly opened my eyes making me understand that the most important thing is to enjoy the present without getting too stressed about what the future holds.