Leaving on a Whim (to Berlin)

I get burnt out twice a year from burning the candle at both ends. It’s like clockwork. I totally immerse myself in jobs, personal projects and pretty much everything in between, until I have nothing left.

Every year, my first burnout comes in March on a fairly minimal magnitude. The major one arrives in July. I’m so done, that all I want to do is pull the blinds and be a couch potato for about a week.

On July 1st, 2014, that’s exactly where you could find me. On the couch, in the middle of a day binge, watching my shows and catching the World Cup games. I am a HUGE soccer fan thanks to my deep European roots.

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014

Seriously. I am that girl in the bar with a gluten-free beer, yelling at the TV. If a game is on my friends are only allowed to call for 2 reasons; they’ve either smacked their head on the pavement and need a lift to the hospital or, it’s about a big job.

On this particular afternoon, I was witnessing one of the most brutal losses in soccer history. Germany vs Brazil.

It all started when Germany Won.

It was a 7-1 win for Germany, one of my favorite teams. I messaged my friend Katharina (who is German, of course) to ask if she watched the game. She was already partying with everyone on the streets of Berlin!

Of course, I joked about wishing I could be there. Who wouldn’t?

She replied, “Come on over!” Neither of us could have anticipated my response…

This conversation happened at 4pm on a Tuesday. By 1pm Thursday I was on a plane to Germany.

I have never made a move like this before. I needed to recharge my batteries, get inspired by something new. The alternative was an actual week of the couch potato, closed-blind vegetation. So, I bought the ticket.

As anyone would expect, the trip started out shaky. My luggage never made it onto the plane from LA. They’d even taken my carry-on because “it looks like it exceeds the maximum weight allowed.” The plane was late landing in France. I nearly missed my connecting flight.

I was in the high-drama scene from almost every movie that has ever been made, running through the terminal, jumping over other people’s luggage, hearing my name over the loudspeaker in a French accent. Oh, that was me. I was sprinting with all my camera gear on my back and man, that bag is not light.

I couldn’t even believe that I did, but I made it! I landed in Berlin and arrived with only the clothes on my back…no luggage, no carry-on.

But it didn’t matter. From then on out it was just incredible. I had 5 days to travel all around Germany, and it was one of the best 5 days of my life. I saw everything, watched Germany win the World Cup from the front row at Fan Mile Park in Brandenburg Gate with nearly one million fans, drinking espressos every moment that I was awake.

I even got in a beauty editorial while I was there.

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin | Hyundai Park

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014

Moral of the story? Don’t hesitate to jump on a plane and go experience the world when you have the chance, even at a moments notice. You’ll never forget it. I certainly never will…

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014

Kate sZatmari Photography | Leaving on a Whim to Berlin

© sZatmari, Berlin 2014


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About the author

Szatmari: Acclaimed celebrity portrait and beauty photographer Kate sZatmari has created memorable work for Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, People and Rolling Stone among many other national and international publications. Known in the entertainment industry for her artful images of actors, actresses, musicians and writers, sZatmari has completed projects for companies including Universal Music, Interscope Records, Lionsgate, Simon & Schuster and La Prairie.


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