I'm a commuter between two worlds.
Okay, "worlds" seems a bit exaggerated - it's not Austria to India, it's Austria to Germany, and they're neighboring countries. There are no unsurmountable discrepancies between those two countries, just minor ones, and I'll come to these in another post.
Today is about similiarities.
German and Austrian towns (as do most European towns, of course) share a lot of common companies, such as supermarket chains, chemist's, clothes shops (from H & M to Benetton). These stores have the same interior design, the same colours, the same types of shelves, the same merchandise. Public relations people might say: It's all about creating corporate identity and brand loyalty, they want us to feel at home when we're not at home and so on.
To me, the effect of this uniformity is totally different. Very often, after entering one of those stores I start to feel an uncertainty, an uneasiness as to my whereabouts. Is this now Muenster, or Vienna or even Hamburg?
My playful self starts to imagine what it would be like to be in Vienna when I really am in Muenster. How would it be to exit the shop and be in Berlin? And after a while I start losing my sense of balance, just slightly, and feel a little dizzy, comparable to walking on an escalator that has stopped. The dizzyness gets stronger of course, when there is an escalator in the store and it has just stopped ....
I imagine beaming would be like this. You're not really here, but not there, either.
Finally, I pull myself together and manage to come down to earth.
I wonder if these experiences are unique just to my own foolish self.