• Snapshots #2306

    Ever since I discovered that the cemetery chapel in Stahnsdorf southwest of Berlin, already in Brandenburg, is a modeled after Norwegian-style stave churches I wanted to see it. On the way there we also passed the water lock in Kleinmachnow, built in 1901, and on the way back after a muddy detour through forest tracks,…

  • Snapshot #2305

    Hundreds of cyclists riding down a tunnel on the A100 motorway in Berlin as part of the ADFC Sternfahrt 2023, the biggest bicycle demonstration of the year.

  • Book Notes: Scattered All Over The Earth

    Yōko Tawada’s book Scattered All Over The Earth is set in a future where Japan (the land of sushi) has given way to the ocean and its rising tides. It manages to be both a story of climate refugees raising questions of national identity, as well as a poetic homage to languages. She has lived…

  • Snapshot #2304

    I want to ride my bike. The Radparade bicycle was a protest ride for 30km/h maximum speed on main streets throughout Berlin, for a cleaner and more livable city.

  • Book Notes: Sea of Tranquility

    This is the book you get when a speculative fiction author who wrote a book about a pandemic back in 2015 (which is still on my reading list!) writes another book about a pandemic, but this time during a very non-speculative and very real pandemic in 2020. It took me a good two weeks to…