"It’s not like a campus, it’s like a park"
20th December ‘14, it’s sunny but cold. Two elderly Men walk around the lake at the University of Augsburg. They’re talking a mix of Russian and German, all about the current state of society and politics. I asked them why they choose the university lake for their walk. One of them looks across the lake to a bench on the other side and says to me with a calm voice, “Do you see the bench over there? Doesn’t it look like a painting, maybe Monet?”
It does look like a Monet. The bench is next to a Weeping Willow and the sun seems to stroke everybody sitting on the bench.
I want to ask them some more questions but unfortunately they have to continue their walk. “Pensioners are always busy”, he says as he continues debating with his friend.
Fortunately, some Grandparents see me and ask what I’m doing here and if they can help me. I happily agree and ask them some questions. “Why are you on campus for your walk?” The woman looks around and says to me, that she doesn’t feel like she’s on a university campus, she feels like she’s in a park because it’s quiet, there is no traffic and she can hear the birds even though they are in a City with a population of 250,000. “Sometimes we come here with our Granddaughter. She loves feeding the ducks.” The woman continues, “We live five minutes from here and it's a nice place to spend some time.”