"I dig your style! Especially those earrings! They kept shining while I was watching you."
How did she react?
"Are you serious? Wow, thank you! Know what you caught my eye, too. It was your laughing eyes, you know, you have that smile in your eyes. Some people just do. Don't lose it." "Ui, thank you!" We hugged.
How did I feel?
Marina filled me with happiness. She was the one who talked to me first. We met at a Kebab place at 1 AM on a Tuesday. She was hanging out with her friend or husband, drinking tea, chatting. I kept looking at her earrings, the light made them stand out. Her wardrobe's colors leaped to my eye. It was obvious she did care about what she was wearing yet she didn't overdo it. Her clothes married with the late night, the glass of tea and the friendly voice I overheard her talking in. She was amazed by the compliment, gave me two hugs and air-kissed me for good bye.
"I really do hope to see you again!", she said, "I would even pay for your dinner! I come here a lot."
"That's so sweet of you! Thanks! Unfortunately I am leaving tomorrow."
"Where you off to?"
"Mannheim, then Frankfurt, then back to Cologne."
"Aaw, Cologne! That's a good place, too! So you live there?"
"For now, yeah."
"Awesome! You know the Cologne carnival, the Alaaf and Kamelle*- Berlin doesn't have that. Berlin is great, but people don't laugh enough. They just don't know how to have fun over here!"
We talked about University and how studying economics might better than studying Philosophy (I disagreed). She is a Berliner, too and we reflected on the cities greatness (I agreed). She kept telling me that I was wonderful.
I got so much back! Wow, this project's encounters are such gifts.
Thanks for all the love, Marina.
*Kamelle = Caramels that people throw off the carnival floats for the masses to catch during Cologne carnival