Christiane left the bar early because she's got an early flight tomorrow morning. It was sad to see her go, although when she hugged me goodbye, I told her that it wasn't goodbye, just "Bis Spater" because I will be in Hamburg soon, too.
I didn't feel like going home quite yet, so I struck up a conversation with a woman named Laura at the bar. We were just having a laugh, talking and buying each other drinks, and then it turned out that she was an art dealer with a shitload of connections (she used to work for Rolling Stone magazine), and I'm an artist with a shitload of artwork. She told me, "I've never seen your art, but I don't have to. I know I'll like it; you're a really interesting person. I knew it from the minute you walked in the door. I thought, "I want to get to know her."
Her parents (both in their 70's) wandered in randomly, and her mother took an immediate liking to me; we talked for a good hour over drinks, and when she left I gave her a hug, to which she had a strange reaction. "You have the most incredible aura!" she told me. "You'll probably just think I'm nuts, but sometimes I just "know" things... and you just have this incredible aura. You're going to do amazing things, I just know it!" She was really adamant about it and told me that she was so happy to have met me. It was flattering to say the least.
After Laura's parents left it was just me, Laura, and her boyfriend hanging out at the bar and we ordered some food. It was great hanging out with them – they were very good, down to earth people. I left at around 10pm, but before I did, Laura and I made plans to meet up soon so she can see my paintings. When I hugged her as I was about to leave she told me, "I just sold $10,000 worth of art last week, and I want to help you sell your work. Let's make this happen!"
I had such a good time hanging out with her; it was like seeing an old friend I haven't seen in a long time, even though we just met. I'm looking forward to hanging out with her again and seeing where this new friendship can take us in the short time I have left here in the States.