A post from Nathan
Which famous figure said this about the capital of France…?
Fantastic bike ride through Paris. I cannot say this enough: to truly appreciate a city, get on a bike.
Answer at the bottom of the post!
Since March I’ve been earning part of our family living by riding around Munich delivery restaurant food to offices and apartments. Here is a list of 9 reasons why this is a great job…
- Learning about local culture. If you were to move to a new city and you enjoy riding your bike then there are few things I’d recommend more than signing up to work with a restaurant delivery company like Deliveroo or Foodora*. You see all parts of the city centre from 11am until midnight and are absorbing all the details of how people interact and how the city works.
- It keeps you fit. I have only been running once since I started the job, yet I am the lightest (and presumably fittest) I have been for years.
- You learn to appreciate tipping. I have always been a fan of tipping service staff but now I am an all out champion for being generous with your change. I know industries could do away with tipping by paying decent wages in the first place but nevertheless there are few better feelings than climbing to the top of five flights of stairs, wet and cold, handing over a bag of fast food and then receiving a smile and a few euros. By the way, I wouldn’t want to start an argument but in my experience men are twice as likely to tip as women and sushi eaters hardly ever tip!
- Beautiful Sights. I guess some cities are better than others but Munich is a stunning city to cycle around. The river, the architecture, the bridges, the churches, the streets, the unique skyline. One favourite of mine is riding across the mostly deserted festival ground for Oktoberfest when it is out of season.
- No boss and no employees. My boss is a smartphone app that never gets annoyed with me and I am responsible for nobody.
- Spending part of your life outside. One of the worst things about the world of work is that you are likely to spend most of your time either in the office or in the car. With this job you are outside, seeing the sunsets, feeling the sun, the wind and the rain. Even though you are in the middle of a big city you feel connected with creation.
- It keeps you humble. Riding around in pink uniform or, worse, falling off your bike whilst wearing pink, certainly help one to keep an appropriate opinion of oneself.
- People watching. What better way to maximise your people watching than to ride around on a bike? You see hundreds of people everyday and every shift there are multiple fascinating things to see….people getting arrested, nudists, surfers, musicians, beer sozzled tourists, road ragers….and the list goes on. Below is a video of a guy I found surfing on the river during the recent high water levels.
- It gives you a passion for the city. As a church planter the passion you feel for your mission field is really important and cannot be stirred up on demand. It is a great privilege to spend a chunk of time in the city, seeing the people and everyday life and dreaming of what God will do.
*Other food delivery services are available!
The answer to the question at the top is none other the Austro-American politician and celebrity….Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sounds great, as long as the weather is kind x
I’ve not done the winter yet but so far even heavy rain is not too bad, you just get your head down and get on with it. It’s the lunch time shifts in 30+ degrees that really do me some damage!
How amazing and inspiring!
Lovely to see how the adventure is unfolding, thank you for keeping us, keen observers, posted.
Take good care.
Ps. Riding can be anything but fun in Birmingham, the amount of road rage from cars makes it a difficult thing to enjoy, unfortunately.
Hi Jess – thanks for the encouragement!
I must admit there must be few cities more pleasant to cycle around that Munich, and I’m sure Birmingham isn’t one of them!