The Unkindness of Strangers

I travelled from Höxter back to Berlin on Saturday, taking the bus from Hannover onwards. It was more difficult than I anticipated, having to navigate the crowded station with luggage one-handed. I usually have a sling pouch in addition to a backpack on me, and it is no problem. This time, since I am under doctors orders not to burden the neck or shoulder any further, I piled the pack onto the suitcase and rolled around. Then I needed to use the facilities, which was a major complication. It was difficult enough to do so in the hotel or training…

Hits and Misses at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum

There may be a shortage of politeness, customer service, and hospitality in Berlin, but the sheer amount of museums and galleries in this city more than make up for everything else. When it comes to visual art, Berlin is a haven for all those who seek inspiration, entertainment, and momentary distraction from reality. I can name you 50 reasons for not moving to Berlin in five minutes, but I can also name you 50 great reasons for choosing this chaotic and mismanaged city as home, or even just a holiday destination. I am no great fan of museums per se,…

Commuter Adventures: Rollator Rights & Fights

I have no idea why, but the past weeks have provided me with very interesting insights into life and society while riding the bus around Berlin. I shared my recent experiences with the unpleasant and disturbed man beside me, as well as the day a passenger beside me collapsed. There is yet another incident that made me contemplate the future. Both my mother-in-law and my father used a rollator, and my mother swore she would use one the day she could no longer walk on her own two feet. Here in Germany, a country that takes walking and independent movement…

Pre-Brexit Shock on Amazon

Did anyone else out there wake up to an email from Amazon warning me of sudden price changes in certain products I subscribe to? Well, I did, and was still groggy when I read the notice, trying to wrap my sleepy brain around the concept. Let me clarify: ever since I moved to Berlin in 2017, I buy certain products from the Amazon Pantry on a subscribe and save basis, or the Spar-Abo as it is called on Amazon.de. Because they are bulk items, it was a pretty good deal compared to what I would pay in a local supermarket,…

The Pitfalls of Home Delivery

Home delivery services are something I have embraced 100%, especially since I have no car or bike. The convenience of getting your groceries delivered to your doorstep is a godsend that I first discovered in Bangkok, where the fee was literally peanuts. As I packed my bags in Manila, I dreaded having to drag my groceries home on a granny shopper trolley again like I did 11 years ago, or for smaller quantities, on the bike. Much to my delight, I found out that the two major supermarket chains in Berlin offer home delivery, something that was initially set up…

Commuter Adventures: Expect The Unexpected

This week is an absolute nightmare in terms of schedule. After weeks of quiet and serene evenings and cosy mornings, everything seems to have converged this week. Let´s just say that I am up at 04:30 so I can leave the house by 06:00, make my rounds with the cats that I am sitting this week, go to work, and then do the evening rounds with the cats. I am getting a lot of walking done this week, that is for sure, and discovering yet again new parts of my city. When I reach home, my own cats demands attention…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Decision-Making For Businesses

Last month FrogDiva Thoughts launched a blog-sharing project with Tenfold, a cutting-edge platform for customer telecommunications infrastructures (CTI).  From The Terminator to Blade Runner, pop culture has always leaned towards a chilling depiction of artificial intelligence (AI) and our future with AI at the helm. Recent headlines about Facebook panicking because their AI bots developed a language of their own have us hitting the alarm button once again. Should we really feel unsettled with an AI future? News flash: that future is here. If you ask Siri, the helpful assistant who magically lives inside your phone, to read text messages and…