You may have noticed that I haven’t slid in your inbox in a while.
In short: The past couple of months have been one hell of a ride.
Close friends and family are probably already aware of the incident… But if you aren’t: I passed out and fell over onto the train tracks of the U-Bahn.
On the morning of the incident, I decided that it was too hot to cycle to work, so I opted for the U-Bahn. One stop before my destination, I started to feel a bit lightheaded and dizzy. My first thought was that I needed to sit down as soon as I stepped foot off of the train.
Well… I don’t even remember walking off of the train. At all. I blacked out, and eventually stumbled and fell over onto the train tracks. I woke up from the impact and saw the rocks and train tracks. The second flash I saw was of two BVG security guards lifting me up. There were also two people on the platform to receive me.
There was 1 minute left until the next train would arrive.
They asked if there was anything I needed, I could only utter out the words, “Wasser! Wasser, bitte!” (Translation: Water! Water, please!)
After I drank a bit of water, I was coherent and felt mostly stable. A few of my colleagues came down to the U-Bahn station to accompany me while I waited for the ambulance to arrive.
The ambulance checked my vitals — everything checked out OK. They asked if I needed to be transported to the hospital, but I declined. My colleagues sent me home in a taxi and I rested for the day.
Later that evening, after the shock passed, the pain finally started to kick in. I was left with a concussion and a lot of cuts and bruises. I had damaged the entire left side of my body. The next day, it was nearly impossible for me to walk or touch certain areas of my body.
It took a while for the injuries to heal and I am still suffering from the concussion.
It was a traumatic experience, but I am thankful and blessed that the right people were in the right place at the right time.
I’ve also started carrying a water bottle with me during my commute. 😉
I’ve been super busy planning for Trillectro. As many of you may know, I’ve been involved with the festival for the past few years. There is always a huge amount of work that goes into the announcement and there is still a lot of work left to be done. The past few weeks have been filled with ironing out details and activations for the big day.
This year, Trillectro will take place on September 22nd at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD.
Artists include: SZA, 2 Chainz, RL Grime, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, The Internet, special guest Carnage, and many more!
In early September, I’ll be in Stockholm attending Nordic.js with my colleagues. Soon after, I’ll be making my way to DC to get settled in (and run countless errands) before Trillectro. During my trip to DC, I’ll be making a pitstop in NYC to sync with friends and check out some of my favorite spots.
This will also be my first and only visit to the States this year, so friends, family, and extended family in the area — please get in touch! 😁
Then the real fun begins…
My parents are visiting next month and I couldn’t be more excited! I am taking them on a Euro tour of their top destinations.
We will be traveling to Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Paris, and London. While I’ve already traveled to many of the cities, I am looking forward to experiencing them with family.
Stockholm, Sep 5 → Sep 9
DC*, Sep 15 → Sep 24 * Pitstop in NYC, Sep 19 → Sep 21
Amsterdam, Sep 29 → Sep 30
Rome, Oct 4 → Oct 7
Venice, Oct 7 → Oct 9
Paris, Oct 9 → Oct 11
London, Oct 11 → Oct 13
If I happen to be in your hood, I am open to suggestions and/or meeting up for coffee or tea!
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! Many of you have sent me words of encouragement over the past couple of weeks and I really appreciate it, so thank you!
For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.
― James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues
That’s all for now.
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