What makes you feel festivities have begun?
It's music for me. I bought five tickets for classical concerts and I just went to see Schubert’s ‘Die Winterreise’ at the Philharmonie. That was pretty festive. It’s also the Christmas markets, the lights and the mood. Something about the way people are hurrying more but they also feel like they should relax – I like that ambivalent atmosphere. But yeah, mostly music and Christmas markets!
It seems like you’ve been almost everywhere… So how would you describe your Happy Place?
Well this might be because I’ve read too much Marcel Proust because what he says is your happy place is always the one that you don’t know yet. I think that no matter where you go, even though there are so many places I’ve visited that I’ve really liked, I like the mystery of a place that you can only imagine. And I think my way of travelling is not being prepared at all or I like that the most – to just go there and be completely overwhelmed or immersed. So my happy place would be Marseilles. I really like the Southern parts of Europe in winter because it’s not as touristic and it’s really real. And I like the sea a lot when it’s not in use – when it’s it’s just a backdrop for the whole thing. The aesthetic of it.
Is there a special or secret holiday tradition you and your family or friends do every year?
Yeah there is one: it’s basically that I go skiing every March or April in the Easter holidays and I’ve been doing that for around twenty years. With my dad. And I have six half-siblings, eight step-siblings – they all come and it’s chaotic!
And for New years eve?
No I wouldn’t say so, but I think I’ll spend New Years in Berlin this year because I have been away more than I’ve actually been here. And it kind of feels like a holiday being here. So I think I’ll go to this big dinner at a friend’s place and then go out somewhere.