Thursday, January 19, 2006

bloggers unplugged!

Well, I tore myself away from the keyboard this morning and hopped the bus downtown to meet Ginnie. Wow, no wonder she calls her blog In Soul. What a soulful lady!

We met at the train station, as planned, and made our way over to one of Hannover's oldest cafés - the Holländische Kakaostube - literally The Dutch Cocoa Parlour. Funny name for a café, but they are apparently famous for their many varieties of cocoa drinks. No cocoa for us, however. Since we were both quite hungry we decided to go all continental and chose the Italienisches Frühstück - the Italian Breakfast - beautiful dark rolls, herbed cream cheese and prosciutto ham with a delicious latte macchiato to wash it all down with.

While we were eating we talked. And then we laughed. And then we talked some more. I am a shy person. I can't talk to just anybody. But it was easy to talk to Ginnie. You know the kind of people who make you feel really good about yourself? Ginnie belongs to that select group. And what interesting times she's had! I'll let you ask her about that yourself if you care to. The twists and turns each of us take on this journey we call life just amaze me sometimes.

At some point we actually stopped talking for a second and asked the waitress to take our picture.



Are we cute or what?


Two and half hours flew by in what seemed like the blink of an eye and it was time for me to catch my bus back home. I said goodbye to my new real life friend with a big smile on my face.

The treat's on me next time, Ginnie!



all talked out


But wait, there's more...

Coincidentally, yesterday's Daily Om article was all about "soul seeing" and I've included an excerpt here. I think you can apply this to almost anyone you meet, not just a partner as they mention here.

When we want to see deeply into the heart and mind of another person, soul seeing, also called soul gazing, allows us to see their soul. The soul is the purest expression of an individual and is not bound by physical forms or fleeting emotions. Through a simple art that involves looking deeply into a partner's eyes, soul seeing can show you a person's inner beauty that you might otherwise miss. It is possible for someone who appears cold to have a warm, giving, nurturing soul or someone of average appearance to have a beautiful soul. Soul seeing is a way of looking past shapes, sizes, attitudes, and behavior to see the real individual that lies beneath the surface. It allows you to see the true essence of another person, the radiance of their being, and their spirit within...

...So little of who each of us is can be captured by our appearance or personality. The thoughts, fears, desires, and longings that are part of what makes us whole are not always written across our faces. Often, the most surprising thing you may learn while soul seeing is that while you and the other person may appear on the surface to be quite different, you actually share many of the same inner qualities. And then there is the unique beauty that resides within that is longing to be revealed to another who is willing to see. Soul seeing can help you experience the people in your life as they truly are, beyond any mental barriers or physical limitations.



I like that.

37 Comments:

At January 19, 2006 11:09 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

That sounds like so much fun. What lovely ladies!

 
At January 19, 2006 11:10 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Ah christina, it's so great to see a photo of you both. Wow, your hair is not as wavey anymore. I like the new photos. Your eyes just pop.. I can see how a break in the normal routine can be so welcoming. :)

 
At January 20, 2006 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You two look GREAT, and sounds like the get-together was a wonderful time! It's so fun meeting new people. ;-)

 
At January 20, 2006 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, that's my comment up above but blogger is acting up, I can't sign in!
---Crystal

 
At January 20, 2006 7:09 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I just met one of the ladies that are on a forum I am in. It was great!!!
I loved the soul article, I wish more people would look and see that way and not judge from the outside.
Even people society deems ugly or unatractive are actually beautiful people.

 
At January 20, 2006 8:02 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Sounds like a great time, you two gorgeous ladies!

 
At January 20, 2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Isn’t it obvious? Ginnie is probably MY soulmate. We both picked the same “original” blog template. This is amazing. Incredible! Give me her address and telephone number! :)

 
At January 20, 2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Sounded like fun! Great to hear you had a nice time! And, yes, the photos are cute! ;)

 
At January 20, 2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Oh, Christina! You are so very gracious and generous and superlative...just like our sweet rendezvous! Your post is way more Soulful than mine (and you did beat me to the punch), so I've just had to refer people back to yours. Thank you again and again.

The Soulful quote is incredible, as is the Daily Om site, which I will add as a link to my blog. It's just the kind of thing I live for. Thank you, too, for that.

And to all of you who shared our joy, thank you. It was totally worth it. The kind of thing of which my daughter would say, "We ought to do this more often!"

 
At January 20, 2006 11:42 AM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Someone, somewhere, should organize a European Expat Bloggers Convention at some posh location with cheap drinks and sunny weather.

As I bounce around from expat blog to expat blog, I tend to find the same people popping-up on the Comment boards. It tells me that, perhaps, our expat network is pretty tight.

The only question is whether a group of people who spend an inordinate amount of time behind keyboards would be compatible with an event that requires mingling?

I guess that's where the cheap drinks come in.

Sal

 
At January 20, 2006 1:35 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I think it's just great to be able to meet up and even better, to find a soul mate. That's a very nice photo of you two.
Christina - I just loved that quote!

 
At January 20, 2006 1:59 PM, Blogger Léons Life said...

Christina - Thanks for 'soulful' quote I really enjoyed that. I have copied that me my hard drive to read again and again....

I am hesitating about meeting up with a couple of people that I know via their/my blogs, but can't quite take extra step to meet them.

I don't know what's stopping me, I'm sure that they're not axe throwing perverts, but...



I don't know what is stopping me,

 
At January 20, 2006 2:14 PM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

Your post has made my day Christina! And they say that the Internet encourages isolation. Good for you and Ginnie deciding to exchange your computer chairs for cozy cafe chairs and afternoon of each other's offline company!

 
At January 20, 2006 2:36 PM, Blogger Betty said...

You are so beautiful I can't stand it. And Ginnie looks like a soulful person all right! I envy the 2 of you.

 
At January 20, 2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Berlinbound said...

A good hair day!

 
At January 20, 2006 4:30 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Ditto to the above comments, re. soulfulness, lovely hair, etc. Can I still come to the Expat Blogger Convention (European Expat Extravaganza 2006?) even if I'm no longer an expat blogger? (And even if I'm on a blogging hiatus, donut posts notwithstanding?) Although we'd probably have to pass the hat for me to afford a plane ticket. :)

In any case, I feel that we've all suffered through enough of Sal's Weber posts to deserve some BBQ the next time we're in Spain. (Just kidding, Sal, we wouldn't have you any other way!)

 
At January 20, 2006 6:01 PM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

You are soooooooo pretty! xxx glad you had a fab time. I am so nervous when I meet ppl like that for the first time...you are brave.

 
At January 20, 2006 7:58 PM, Blogger euro-trac said...

Yes you are pretty! :-)

 
At January 20, 2006 8:26 PM, Anonymous amy said...

yes, you are a couple of cuties! you have lovely eyes. what a wonderful time!

 
At January 20, 2006 10:18 PM, Blogger melusina said...

Beautiful post, and beautiful pictures! What a great meeting!

Love, love, LOVE the soul seeing stuff.

 
At January 20, 2006 11:01 PM, Blogger Prairie Girl said...

What a nice post Christina. Really upbeat! I think it was great for you and Ginnie to arrange a meeting and I love the photos of the two of you.

You have glorious eyes!

 
At January 20, 2006 11:32 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

What great pictures! Y'all look so pretty!

Oh I'm so envious that you two got to meet up. Y'all aren't even all that far from me!

You know I've been doing online stuff for twelve years now and I've met lots and lots of people that I originally got to know from bulletin boards and chat rooms. Heck, I married one. Even though I got to know these people online when we got together it was as if we all lived next door to each other.

 
At January 21, 2006 7:52 AM, Blogger J said...

Sounds like a great time, Christina!

Sal, we had one last year in Germany (The Whiney Expat Bloggers in Germany Meet-Up) and it was so much fun that we decided to make it an annual thing. We had no problems communicating without our keyboards.

A European one could be fun, and I agree with you - someplace sunny with cheap drinks..lol

 
At January 21, 2006 7:59 AM, Blogger Haddock said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time. It's great meeting people in real life, just as we all did at the Whiney Expat Bloggers Germany meet up......it's now 2006. Isn't about time the next meet should be arranged??

 
At January 21, 2006 9:58 AM, Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Christina, you are so beautiful!

 
At January 21, 2006 1:27 PM, Blogger mar said...

Great picture of you two, how wonderful that you could meet!

 
At January 21, 2006 5:59 PM, Anonymous Nathan Hart said...

you really outta make a trip out to Michigan some time and do some of that "soulful talking" at a little place called Hukilau. i mean, this coffee shop looks great, wait'll ya see the view from the front porch....

(take care of my aunt)

:)

 
At January 21, 2006 10:02 PM, Blogger Philip said...

You've hit a nerve here Christina...

You look beautiful.

 
At January 22, 2006 12:46 AM, Blogger christina said...

What a wonderful bunch of comments! Y'all are really MUCH too kind and my ears are pink now. :-)

Just a few responses here and there:

Expat - my hair is at the mercy of the weather, I'm afraid. I never know what I'm going to get from day to day.

Andrea - Yes, I try to find the inner beauty in everyone I meet. It's always there if you look deep enough, isn't it?

Duncan - Hmm...template soulmates? I think someone should make up a "what Blogger template are you?" quiz.

Ginnie - definitely more often! :-)

Sal - Didn't you get and invitation? :-):-) Ha ha. A Pan-European blogger meet up would be a hoot and I think the blogging thing takes the edge off the "getting to know you phase" that we introverts have to struggle through.

And where? Let's see...posh location...sunny weather...cheap drinks? I know! Let's have it at YOUR house! How big is your guest room?

Pauline - Well, I do think you have to be careful about meeting people you only know through the internet, but I usually just use my intuition and haven't been disappointed (or axed) yet. But if something telling you not to, it's better to wait a while.

Seawitch - I guess the internet *can* encourage isolation. It all depends what you do with it! :-) I must say I've felt much *less* isolated since I've been online.

Betty - next time you'll have to come along! I'll see if I can find a rich German count for you.

Angie - But of course - once an expat, always an expat and the more the merrier. You can sew kilts for us all and do a write-up afterwards!

Dixie - who knows, maybe next time we can all meet up. I'd love that.

Haddock I elect you as the official organizer! ;-)

Nathan From what I've seen, your aunt Ginnie is pretty darn good at taking care of herself, but I'll keep any eye on her for you! :-)

Everyone else - your lovely compliments made my day. Thank you.

 
At January 22, 2006 1:26 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

That sounds fun! I will definitely check out your friend's blog. And my goodness, you look young for your age.

 
At January 22, 2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Pumpkin Pie said...

I think that is very cool.

I am happy you both had such a great time.

 
At January 22, 2006 3:12 PM, Blogger James said...

It's always magical when you meet great people because that is so rare....

 
At January 22, 2006 4:54 PM, Blogger christina said...

Sandra - Ginnie's blog is great! And thanks for the compliment - I think it's the blogging that keeps one wrinkle-free. Or young at heart, anyway :-)

Pumpkin - Thanks! Ginnie is the fifth expat blogger I've met in person. Lots of fun

James - Yes, it is rare. It's great that you got to meet Jen and Sparky before you even got here.

 
At January 23, 2006 9:10 AM, Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

You look MAHVELOUS!
And what fun to have adventures with bloggy friends. I wish you hadn't written so fondly of the Italian breakfast. Now I'm hungry.

 
At January 23, 2006 11:42 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I am envious of the great time you had. I want to meet other bloggers in person! You'd think Florida would have cooler people!

 
At January 23, 2006 12:26 PM, Blogger christina said...

Painty! - Thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure if that's what Italians really eat for breakfast, but it sure was good.

Hi mr fabulous! Post a picture of your fridge and all the cool people will come knocking on your door. :-)

 
At January 25, 2006 7:11 PM, Blogger SteveR said...

"...Are we cute or what?..."

You are indeed cute! And you have beautiful eyes, as well!

Yet another Canadian in Germany - I happened upon your blog by way of Ginnie by way of Prairie Girl :-)

I enjoyed reading about your and Ginnie meeting - twice! once on her blog and once on yours.

I'm still amazed at how the Internet is bringing people together - next month, a friend of mine, a fellow from England, will be staying just a few miles from me on business - we "met" each other through our common passion for photography (and cameras - that's a guy thing!) via usefilm.com and got to meet in person two years ago when he was here.

All the best,
SteveR

 

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