Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III Berlin Cathedral

Bach Christmas Cantatas I’m enjoying Berlin’s holiday celebrations. Last night it was Bach Christmas Cantatas performed by the Cathedral Choir led by cantor Tobias Brommann at Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island. Senior musicians from the Baroque Orchestra must have attended another gig last night as there were noticeable mistakes and rolled eyes all around… A…

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Exploring Berlin

Learning to navigate a large city requires patience and perseverance – ha… Berlin’s heated pace is both daunting and exhilarating. I’ve gone from being befuddled and hopelessly lost to feeling ecstatic while making successful transport connections and blending with locals. Navigating Berlin As a point of comparison, Istanbul’s 14+ million population makes Berlin’s 4 million…

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Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Goth-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with a record-breaking heat wave resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“.…

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