Category: commuter life

Berlin: has the snap turned into the bite?

The Berliner Schnauze (Schnauze = snout) is a term used to describe the rough, brusque, brutally frank and for all intents and purposes, rude snappy nature of the Berliners. There is prevailing myth that says before you get to know the true worth and warmth of the Berliner you must first pass through the snappy

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Things You Unlearn During Lockdown

First we had to adjust our lives, families, eating habits, and work to lockdown and home office. We struggled through the absence of routine, no longer being part of a morning commuters’ rat race, or being on a tight schedule to cram in work, school, sports, socialising and household chores all into 16 hours. Days

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Remember the Seniors

During these turbulent times of lockdown and quarantine, the frontliners and the senior citizens are foremost on my mind. As Berlin takes tentative steps in Phase 2 of lifting the restrictions, people are trying to come to terms with the new routines and social norms. The concept that we can never return to the way

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Sense(less) and (In)Sensibility in 2020

Here are the two most sensible articles I have come across this week: The Secret to Germany’s COVID-19 Success: Angela Merkel Is a Scientist and New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet and I share them in reaction to the most recent press conference of the US President suggesting

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Corner of Sunshine

How does the brilliant old quote of Soren Kierkegaard go? Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards. Well, if there is one year teaching me just that, it is definitely 2020, be it in the little everyday things or the huge stumbling blocks that seem to litter my path. One of

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Are we witnessing the demise of the handshake?

The current global pandemic and lockdown have forced us to re-assess everything we know and do on a daily basis – and change it. Things that were considered rude or socially unacceptable especially in polite company or formal settings have all been debunked for the sake of safety. For example, when you rode a bus

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#lockdown and #socialdistancing

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the

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Meanwhile in Berlin…

It is difficult to keep up with the effects of COVID-19 around the world from one day to another. While Italy has gone for complete lock down, Germany begins to feel the effects of the virus on the social, economic, medical and political front. I won’t go into detail about the virus itself, the media

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Commuter Adventures: 45 is a number

The photograph above was taken last night and would never have come into existence had I been paying attention. Sometimes making a mistake turns out incredibly fortuitous, and in this case, I took the wrong bus. If I were new to Berlin and not know my way around the public transportation system it would have

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