On Monday I went swimming with my friend Alison at an enourmous swimming facility here on the East side of Berlin. This was kind of a big deal for me because I can't really swim, and have a phobia of drowning. So getting in the pool and propelling myself through the water for the better part of an hour (along the edge so I could grab onto the side of the pool if things got too scary) was a big step for me. My friend Alison used to be a swimming instructor, so it was great having her there to give me encouragement, tips and advice. After a while I was doing well enough to go along by myself and we both swam until we were exhausted. It was a lot of fun and an incredible workout, so we made plans to go regularly, every Monday evening after work. My goal is to eventually become a confident, capable swimmer.
I've been watching videos of cute animals when I can't sleep, which is in stark contrast to the Seriously Terrifying videos I typically watch when I'm lying awake. Goats are soooo cute