I kept in touch with Cindy (the climber Isa and Arne had connected me with). Our conversations were always nice, fun and interesting. When she asked me to join for a dinner with her and some friends I was happy to join them.
We had a nice time together and it was super interesting to get to know her in person.
And at that dinner I met Zdenko for the first time. He was traveling with his tricycle for a long time and currently working in a restaurant with his Indian co-workers.
I would have loved to spend more time with Cindy and Zdenko but the next day I had to leave and go to the northern part of Cyprus to renew Rosinante’s customs permission, check Rosinante’s steering alignment and be able to get back to Akamas for joining an online Sesshin with Bright Way Zen.
I kept in contact with my friends Isa and Arne (who I had met in Turkey on New Year’s Eve and later on Cyprus). They told me that they had found a nice crag for rock climbing and so we met at that spot.
I was interested in rock climbing my whole life. Some years ago I did a top rope course in Hamburg and later I went bouldering for just two times. Although I loved climbing, I never got fully into it. I was just too much in love with Trial and downhill biking at that time. And I did not like the idea of doing a sport in which I’m very dependent on someone else.
With Isa and Arne I did my first climbing outside in a proper rock and my first routes in leading. I absolutely loved it and after our climbing, I started thinking if I should get my own climbing equipment.
We spent some beautiful days together and when we went shopping, a super nice fruit dealer gifted us kilos of banana. That evening we made liters of the most concentrated banana shake possible and drank it until we felt banana all the way.
It felt very good to me to spend some time with friends and in combination with pretty much accepting what was going on in my mind (see the last post), I felt way more balanced.
And Isa and Arne connected me with a climber they had met before. A pretty special climber. But at that point I did not know how special the connection to her would become.