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It seems like I end up in the Spreewald once every summer, but never had I explored it on the water. When my team was planning a day out, I took the lead and booked some canoes. It was the last week of August and after some really hot weather, it seemed like fall was on its way. The weekend had been dreary and this morning clouds were hanging over Berlin, with about 19 degrees. But the forecast for the Spreewald looked better. So we packed layers, but also sunglasses and made our way to Lübbenau by train. While one guy explained the route to us, another put the 2 canoes in the water. We were ready to go! Close to Lübbenau we saw more canoers and kayakers leaving for a trip on the Spreewald’s waterways, but since there are so many options, it quickly spread out and at times…

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On Thursday I decided to buy a ticket to Berlin’s long night of the museums, a night where many of Berlin’s museums open their doors until 2 AM and offer special programs like performances and express tours. With one ticket you can visit it all. It seemed like a great plan. However, on Friday night I attended the company party at the Napolean Komplex. The theme was 80s and after weeks of stressing about the outfit I ended up buying a cheap T-shirt, putting some beads on a string and going overboard with make-up and hairspray. Unfortunately, after many nice days, on Friday a storm rolled into Berlin. It was pouring down and seemed to ruin the party. I think it mostly ruined my hair. No amount of hairspray would keep it up. Arriving at the event venue we had to walk over pallets to cross the puddles of rainwater.…

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Every day we learn something new. One day I learn about action research, the next I learn about mosquitoes… the hard way! I started counting my mosquito bites, but it’s no use, I keep losing track. The back of my legs provided a tasty snack for several dozens of mosquitoes, the front coming in a close second for the tough guys who didn’t mind biting through my leggings. As I’m trying not to constantly scratch my legs I have flashbacks of the swarms of tiny creatures we found in the forest. For a mosquito the creatures were actually fairly big and they were ferocious. Hiking became an awkward dance that looked like waacking, waving my hands around my head and body, slapping my legs to provide some rhythm and kill a few. Now it’s all I can think about, but the hike was actually really nice. I’d been meaning to…

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It’s funny how you start to believe you can do something. Last August I watched the half marathon, referring to the runners as crazy. In September I joined a company 5,5 km and surprised myself with the result. At the end of that month I watch the marathon runners, calling them insane. I still think it’s crazy, whether it’s a 21 or 42 km, but slowly I felt the urge to increase my running distance, just to explore what I would be capable of. As I ran a few 10 km’s, new ideas started forming in my head. Maybe I should sign up for the half marathon… In November I started to increase my distances. 8 km. 10 km. 12 km. 14,5 km. If I could do that, then surely I could do 21 km? In December I felt comfortable enough to sign up, encouraged by a study friend whom…

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For the third year in a row I visit the Festival of Lights in Berlin. This year’s theme was creating tomorrow, supporting the climate pledge, so there were plenty of images of nature and renewable energy. The main three places displayed man, nature and technology on the Brandenburg Gate, Bebelsplatz and the TV tower. All up there were about 70 locations showing light installations varying from lit up trees and still images to video mapping. The main difference with last year was that it felt like COVID was just a figment of our imagination. It was incredibly busy, with masses of people moving along Unter den Linden. Tourists and Berliners alike had come out to see the show, even on the colder and wetter days. Bebelsplatz was one of the crowded places along the main route through Mitte. I always love Bebelsplatz since there are many installations in one place…

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The forecast showed a sunny Saturday, so I decided to sign up for a meetup. I’d been trying to find a day to go kayaking but so far it hadn’t worked out. Perhaps this was my chance. The day started off cloudy and it was the obvious first point of conversation as I met the other people at Schlesi U-bahn station. From here we walked to Freischwimmer, a quirky café along the canal that ends in the Spree river. Signs directed us through a small entrance along the back of the café, passing a little stage with a wide selection of chairs in front of it. It all felt very ‘Berlin’. At the very end was a small dock with a bunch of kayaks, canoes and old paddle boats. We sorted in some groups and the 11 of us entered the water. I was well familiar with the area, doing…

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It’s strange to walk through the city these days. Guides stand in the middle of the sidewalk, bike tours race by, people have cameras around their neck and the terraces are full of people having breakfast, even on a weekday. Tourism is returning to the streets of Berlin. It’s minimal, but it’s obvious. A lot of Germans come to check out their own capital, but there some people from further afield.  Sunday started out as an incredibly hot day. Even when I biked through the quiet streets at 9AM, it was already hot. But it was also windy. A change was coming. I decided it was about time for me to explore my city a bit more as well. I chose a small museum that perhaps isn’t visited so often by first time visitors. From my home I walked through the Mauerpark, where cheers were coming from the karaoke stage…

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A trip to New Venice. Doesn’t sound so bad. After a long time of not traveling this certainly sparks the imagination. But for today no gondolas, pasta or pigeons on St. Marc’s square. Instead I took an S-bahn to the outskirts of Berlin, met up with some colleagues and started exploring the area. From Rahnsdorf S-bahn station we walked through the forest to the edge of the Müggel lake to take a peak at the ducks with their ducklings. We continued and followed a road that led us to the old fishermen’s town of Rahnsdorf. At the center of town stood a lovely church. A small alley led to the waterside where a ferry took cyclists back and forth over the lake. It was a warm but cloudy day and loads of people were out on their bikes. We were nearing New Venice. New Venice was completely in theme, with…

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It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve moved and it feels like the last few weeks were filled with online shopping, planning, moving stuff, painting, moving more stuff and painting again. Slowly my new place is coming together and slowly I’ve got more time to do other things. As it happens the corona numbers dropped and life is slowly returning on the streets and in the restaurants. So my repetitive weekends took a turn and I’m still recovering from a jam-packed 2 days. On Saturday night I actually went to the circus. It may not sound so exciting, but it really was. After a bit of a detour we finally found the entrance of a terrain bordering the train tracks. We passed a skate park and entered an artsy world that could fit into a movie. This felt like the Berlin that’s slowly disappearing. There was art made from junk…

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It’s been a looooong winter. And it doesn’t seem to end. I look outside the window and see dark clouds looming in the sky. Summer is absolutely fantastic in Berlin, but somehow Mother Nature decided to make us wait. As if the ongoing lockdown isn’t enough… But occasionally she surprises us with a nice day. One weekend, after a Friday afternoon snow shower, Sunday hit us with 27 degrees Celsius. What an unexpected surprise! One of only 2 nice days before the forecast changed to dark clouds and rain drops. So out and about we went. All of us. The whole city! It happens to be the perfect timing to see the cherry blossoms. Berlin has several places with cherry trees, but the lane at the edge of Berlin, in Teltow, is by far the most popular. The lane stretches out for about 1,5 km in the area where the…

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