I’m moving to Berlin. I’ve spent nine months travelling the world and here, at the end of it, I have decided to move to Berlin with my girlfriend. Before we went away, we lived and worked in London, but going back doesn’t appeal. We want to carry on that sense of change and adventure and for that, Berlin ticks a lot of boxes. The rent is significantly better value than in London. There are opportunities in young, exciting companies taking advantage of the cheap office space. We can learn the language together (although she’s got a head start, being half German). It’s bike friendly. You can buy a coffee for the same price as a newspaper. The nightlife. The greenery. World-class cake. Yes, we’re moving to Berlin.
“Surfing recreates you. I went into the water literally ready to blow my brains out and came back out of the water a warrior.” ~ Doc Paskowitz (Click to tweet)
How long should it take to learn to surf? It’s difficult to know. It is, it seems, a monstrous task for anyone who’s not twelve.
From Cornwall to Santander to Biarritz, I have snatched and grabbed at surfing for years: a day here, a stag-do there, the occasional long weekend flash-flooding my sinuses and wishing something that looks so cool would be so much easier for the rest of us. Until recently, it had been a frustrating journey.
Then, I had one of those perfect days where everything that I had to remember to remember was right where I needed it to be. As the waves rolled in along Engenhoca beach in Brazil, I felt everything that surfing had ever promised.
I grinned like a loon.
All you have to do is ask the experts; the men who’ve spent years studying – not just watching – how Barcelona got to where we see them today.
Guillem Balagué is the author Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography, which was published in 2012.
He’s a man in the know.