The Usual Business
My day started off as usual with multiple meetings. Being in Germany, it’s easier to connect with colleagues in India, which is a really nice benefit of being across the pond. What’s usually a 13-hour difference is now a 4-hour difference, approximately. Clearing off most of my operations work in the morning, I could focus on more deep work in the afternoon.
Today was the first day I stepped out for lunch in Marienplatz during the work day. I jumped over to a popular restaurant and cafe called galāo. Normally, this place is popping with people. Every week there’s live music, so hopefully I can catch it in person soon. I decided to go there today for lunch, because there was virtually no one there and I wanted to try their food.
I had a Flammkuchen (how original) and a latte macchiato. The latte macchiato hit the spot, but the Flammkuchen was not what I hoped for. In retrospect, I should have gone with a sandwich, because I spied the people sitting next to me and their pastrami sandwich looked delicious. Lesson learned.
After lunch, I spent the majority of my afternoon focusing on deep work topics that needed my attention. It felt great to dive into these topics uninterrupted. I concluded by work day at around 4:30PM and spent some time figuring out my travel plans for the next few weekends. To be honest, I’m still not 100% sure where I’ll go. Part of me really wants to travel, but part of me also wants to stay around in the area and explore it further. Choices.
I met up with a former co-worker and very good friend with dinner. We went to Rothaus. I’d describe the restaurant as a Vegas-style grandiose restaurant from the outside, but a modern-take-on-traditional-German restaurant on the inside. The food was delicious. I had a Black Forest burger and beer.
After dinner, we went over to a bar that specializes in gin and whiskey cocktails called Billardsaal. You get to choose your gin from huge table full of bottles. Inspecting the aroma of each bottle is encouraged. Once you choose your bottle, the bartender will make a gin & tonic with raspberries and blueberries with your choice of poison. The entire place had a very laid-back feel, with some classic jazz in the background. Stuttgart seems to have a few places like this. I’m a big fan 👌🏾.
It was a great evening to catch up. We hadn’t seen each other in quite some time, and of course, there’s so much to share. Hours went by easily. Calling it a night, we went our separate ways, and I walked back home and hit the bed.
Frieden und Liebe ❤️ (translation: peace and love)