Pascal Derrien

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German Mornings

German Mornings

Its was a Monday morning In Ireland, school run was done and I had just been served my morning coffee by the friendly South African coffee shop owner when I overhead what I thought sounded like a German conversation.

Adjusting my eyes and fine tuning my ears I finally spotted a group of young ladies chatting away in a language that appeared familiar. Even though I don't understand the lingo I smiled at the recognizable sound produced by the long blond tresses owner when she spoke to another blond hair girl seating next to a red hair and freckles youthful face. I wondered if the latter had family Irish roots while I considered the possibility that they were exchange students or maybe language assistants in one of the numerous schools in the area.

Unaware, I think my facial expression was probably showing a grin when I ended up day dreaming about my numerous trips to the land of Goethe. I have lost count but I have probably travelled to Germany more than two hundred times in the last twenty years. Mainly for professional purpose but not only. While I have not been to Berlin, I know Cologne, Aachen and Munich pretty well. Most of those cities and surrounding suburbs would have welcomed me for anything from an ambitious day trip to a week long stay. A week long stay would give me a chance to settle and offer me the opportunity to practice my favourite early morning ritual: Running.

Travelling and running have always been an intertwined lifestyle habit. I have ran in many countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal ,UK and France obviously but also less travelled spots such as Dubai, Moscow, Kiev, Tallin or even Sarajevo in Bosnia to name a few. That's said, there has always been something special about running at dawn in one of the German Landers.

Shoelaces usually tied by 6.00 am and equipped with a head torch or a reflective high viz vest I would brave fog and light drizzle in the winter or enjoy the rising sun in the summer.

While in some countries I would have wandered in the streets or parks on my own meeting only a few early risers, I was often reminded that the first light of the day triggerered a hive of activity in Germany. Getting up before dawn, people seemed to gear up to local train stations, kids were heading hastily to creches, teenagers cooly waited at bus stops not without having purchased a giant pretzel for breakfast or one of those massive yummy sandwiches.

When running I could observe how calm, unfussy and delectably comforting grown ups and youngsters entered the day in what seemed to be a well choreographed routine. I don't how to describe it but it appears to me that only in Germany I had that tangible feeling about life slowly lighting up, life bringing an almost palpable feeling of confidence, landing a soft but convincing sense of purpose. An altogether incontrovertible proof that existence was not about shiny living but more about a characteristic state of being. Time and time again I have always found the experience to be almost mystical if not complete, a mood trigger that was pleasantly upbeat.

I believe there is definitely something deliciously reassuring about German mornings and I wondered that day, all the while my hot cup was sip begging, if one of the three girls in the Café had been asking the other two what was the day about to bring.

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Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #38

thanks Paul it s funny how the same song can be heard or listened too differently providing the context, many thanks for the kind words too :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #37

wow that's more an comment that's a standalone poem Ken Boddie I will keep running and cycling as long as my body will let me do it :-) (just back from a run actually :-0)

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #36

I used to love the mornings and the promise of a new day. I used to hope despairingly that humanity, beneath the crust of pretentiousness, was essentially all the same. I used to feed on adrenaline, spiced with caffeine hits, and laced with deadlines. Then age crept up on me, whispering softly in my ear, and seducing me with her serenity. First she softened my outlook, relaxed my urgency, and broadened my focus. Then she taught me to love the twilight and to flirt with the sun's rays, As they teased their way magnificently through the late afternoon's heavy clouds. She even numbed my mind and dulled my once sharp memories of occasional German rudeness, Gently nudging me to recall the warmth of their hospitality. I hope you continue to love running at dawn's early light, Pascal, and that you may also learn to love strolling into the sunset.

Yes, I believe Hoffman is of German origin. My husband was adopted and we don't know his true origin. I've heard and read that Germany is a beautiful country and very clean. Germany, Ireland and Spain are countries I would love to visit.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #34

Now teach me that. How do you write while running.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #33

Simplicity is said to be the best. I agree.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #32

#28 cheers many thanks about the nice words just my humble and practical take on life :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #31

Cheers Randall Burns thank you for dropping by the photo is a hit indeed :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #30

it is indeed Andrew and I don't know if it has been reworked or not but I dont think so :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #29

cheers Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic simple message from a simple guy on simple things :-) I also write most of the articles while running :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #28

The lyrics of the song perfectly complement your text. I enjoyed both. Sounds a bit cliché, but your post is a great way to start my day. Pascal, it seems to me that runners are tuned to sense the world around them in a slightly different way than the rest of us. :)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #27


Randall Burns

3 years ago #26

Great post Pascal Derrien and Fantastic photo at the start. Well Done!

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #25

PS - German women are very beautiful are you sure it was the conversation that had you smiling 😂Chuckles

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #24

Hey Pascal Derrien another travel back in time. I would love to visit Germany some day.The bucketlist is getting heavier. I love the message you share in this beautiful memory. "Existence is not in the shiny living but more about a characteristic state of being." A Great read by our pal Pascal 😉as always. 👏👏👏

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #23

cheers Salma Rodriguez you will always know more German than me anyway I have not quite mastered the basics of the language there :-) thanks for reading and commenting

Salma Rodriguez

3 years ago #22

Guten Morgen! Not the only phrase I know in German, but thanks for sharing Pascal Derrien!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #21

I think you would love it , nice and vast country with so much to offer am I correct in thinking that Hoffman is of German origin ? :-) Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I have not been to Germany but I can only imagine how beautiful this must be. Not much compares to beautiful mornings and coffee.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #19

thank you Gert Scholtz I think I ran in your country too it was Cape Town and I gave it a miss in JoBurg, now you are mentioning it that's actually very true :-) Happy to have provided your two all time favourites :-)

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #18

Pascal Derrien One of my favorite nations - the Germans - because that is my ancestry, and one of my favorite songs by Keane, in one post. Perhaps in SA we have some of the German habit - weekdays schools and work starts early, weekends at sunrise the streets are teeming with runners and cyclists. An invigorating read with this sentence standing out to me: "I had that tangible feeling about life slowly lighting up, life bringing an almost palpable feeling of confidence, landing a soft but convincing sense of purpose." Thanks Pascal.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #17

thanks Savvy Raj glad it has a practical purpose :-) Enjoy the day

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #16

Cheers Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal Its good to see that I am not the only one who spotted this as far as running is concerned its part of my medicine but that's a different story :-)

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

3 years ago #15

I agree, Pascal Derrien. You described it so beautifully. From the little time I did spend in Germany, I observed how focused and dedicated the Germans are. That is a quality I admire and it is reflected so well in their day to day activities. And the only time I was caught in a fog and drizzle situation, was when I was running to catch a train really early in the morning. You are a brave person to proactively go for runs in such weather. :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #14

thanks Phil Friedman indeed and providing the history between our two countries (France in that instance) one would think we would sit at opposite ends but I remember clearly having exchange students coming to our secondary schools and among a few other nationalities we surprised ourselves ( once we got rid of our unconscious bias) thinking how close we were to the gals and boys of our age across the border :-)

Phil Friedman

3 years ago #13

Interesting piece, Pascal Derrien. Speaking candidly and without malice, I had always thought of Germans as dour, rigid and straightlaced. A younger person might say "tight-assed". But one time when my wife and I were driving in Switzerland, we got lost and accidentally crossed the German border into the area of the Black Forest. It was very late and we stopped intending to stay just one night in a room above a tavern in a small town. And then spent several exceedingly pleasant days among some of the warmest, friendliest people, we've ever run across during our travels. So I can picture clearly what you're talking about. Thanks. And cheers!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #12

Merci Laurent Boscherini le monde appartient a ceux qui se levent tot :-) :-)

Laurent Boscherini

3 years ago #11

Thank you Pascal Derrien for sharing your amazing post so well written as a sunrise for mind 😉

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #10

thanks Ian Weinberg :-) enjoy the coffee mine is brewing as we speak :-)

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #9

Ag ja Herr Pascal Derrien Das is gud! A real delicious piece of life. And I agree, the Deutch really do grab hold of life with both hands, sprinkling an air of vitality all around. Now this calls for a good cup of coffee and some apfelkuchen!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #8

cheers Debasish Majumder much obliged as always :-)

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #7

nice buzz Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read. thank you for the buzz.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #6

hmm maybe Pinocchio was German after all :-) Lisa Vanderburg but I think we should ''purposely'' keep it as a secret for the time being :-)

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #5

A beautiful description of a 'sense of purpose' Pascal Derrien that reminds me on what I always imagined Pinocchio & Geppetto's village to be like (even though it was a different country); an orderly and wholly natural flow. Lovely!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #4

thanks for dropping by Ali and I am glad you concur with my observations :-)

Being in Germany several times I agree with your thoughts here Pascal Derrien. I used to love the early morning watching German workers quing wonderfully to go to work. Morning are active with life there.

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #2

Thanks Yogesh Sukal add cycling and my world is complete :-)

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #1

Merci Don :-)

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