Berlin’s Bundestag, Reichstag Building and Dome

Last night I visited the German Bundestag and toured the Reichstag Dome. I took the U-Bahn and then enjoyed the city lights during a misty walk along the canal. Reichstag security is tight with guards patrolling the building inside and out. You must register in advance and present your passport for identification. It’s tedious and the…

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Berlin Reflections

I’m approaching two months in Berlin and there’s still more to see and learn. Each city has personality, and Berlin is uniquely difficult to describe. I’m not a fast-moving tourist, so that shines a different light on things. It’s a complex city with a young population and immense history and nuances – nothing is quite what…

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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 hopelessly lost to feeling ecstatic while blending with locals and making successful transport connections! Navigating Berlin As a point of comparison, Istanbul’s 14+ million population makes Berlin’s 4 million seem small,…

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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 Gothic-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with record-breaking heat resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“. They occur when…

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