By now you might have find out that I live in Darmstadt. A lot of people judge this little city near Frankfurt am Main harshly. They compare it to Mainz, Wiesbaden, Cologne or Berlin. The conclusion: Darmstadt is a rather ugly town, dominated by the different universities, the big technology complex, hence the title Universitätsstadt, without much flair. I agree to disagree. Last Friday I was at a concert with a friend of mine. Gabriela Mendes was performing at the Bessunger Knabenschule. I wish I could claim that it was my idea but my friend come up with it. A room with about 150 people and a small stage with Gabriela Mendes and her band. Man I wish you were there. Gabriela took us on a trip to the Cape Verde. Unbelievable. Her music reflected the different roots from Africa and South America. Playful, attractive, melancholic, full of joy and erotic. Every aspect of life in the most natural and direct way. No rational overhead just the immersion into life itself. From time to time a dancer supported the band in conveying the rhythm. Gabriela was subtle and refined but her dancer was just raw energy with wonderful costumes. You could see in the eye of the dancer that she felt uneasy because the audience seemed to be overwhelmed. While Gabriela made the audience silent by her beauty her dancer was too much to handle. The costumes seemed to be a little too short her moves a little too hot and dirty in a positive way. My first impression was that it was too much but when I stepped out of my middle-class conditioning I enjoyed it. I could have hugged her for her performance and thank her for helping me to get out of my head. I felt somehow embarrassed because it took me a while to admit to myself that I enjoyed her dance and how much the whole band fed my soul. It is amazing how little it takes to be happy and feel alive. But again without my friend I would have stayed at home and missed this wonderful experience. So next time you feel bored or you think Darmstadt has nothing to offer just join your friends and you might experience wonderful things.