Yesterday I attended the “Ride of Silence” in Berlin for the first time. The sad reason for this event was to remember the 17 cyclists who died in the traffic last year in Berlin.
Autumn and winter in Berlin…
I’ve been living nearly nine months in this city now and I will soon have experienced all seasons here. It was certainly a good decision to move here in spring and not in winter – because this can be quite uncomfortable in Berlin. The group Seeed expressed this quite spot on in their song “Dickes B”: “Dickes B, home an der Spree, im Sommer tust Du gut und im Winter tut’s weh.” (fat B, home at the Spree, in summer you’re good and in winter it hurts).
… or: “let’s go to the sauna today”.
A few days ago I got a low back pain. One advice from the physician was the regular application of heat. Even a visit to a thermal bath would be quite appropriate.
An institution of this kind, which is easily accessible by public transport, is the Thermen an der Heerstraße.
I’ve been living in Berlin for half a year now – and nearly three months in the new flat. By now I can say that I arrived, even though there are still many unknown places in the city and many things to explore. I find my ways to the office and to friends without a map and I still enjoy it to be able to use my bicycle most of the time.
Also see part 1.
A week a go I moved to the new flat. There is still a lot to do but at least my computer and the internet connection already works :-).
Meanwhile I also used the opportinity to explore the neighbourhood a bit and also found this view with the Funkturm Berlin and Internationales Congress Centrum (ICC):
I’ve been living in Berlin for more than three months now. During first months the available room was limited and I also did not have a place to store my bicycles. The only way would have been to carry them the balcony on the second floor, which is also quite cumbersome.
A couple of days ago the saddle on my every day crosser got stolen :-(. At least only the saddle and not other parts as well.
It was a pitty anyway as also a screw on the seat post was missing which you can’t get easy as a spare part due to its special diameter (M7). In fact the seat post got unusable because of that.
I bought a new seatpost by Ergotec and a saddle. Instead of the Brooks B17 there is now a “plastic saddle” by Terry which is hopefully not that attractive for thiefs. At least the new saddle is quite similar to the B17 in its dimensions and it is also quite comfortable.
Meanwhile I participated the second Critical Mass in Berlin (you will also find pictures here and additional information here) since I’ve been living here. As last time it was quite impressive even though it looked like a fair sometimes when people started to fill their stock of beer in one of the 24/7 shops or pick up a döner along the route.
Nearly two weeks I could stand it without my Surly – but today I finally took it out from the self storage in Lichtenberg and took the opportunity to do a little tour through Berlin on the way back (from there to the appartement it was about 13 km).
Now the Berlin Oldie and the Surly stand together in the backyard. The Berlin oldie will not be used very often in the near future, but I will keep it for guests or in case I don’t want to take the “good” bicycle with me. And generally you can not have enough bicycles anyway ;-).
Today I’m exactly one week in Berlin and the second day at my new workplace. Even though the city is quite large I’m lucky to have a route which I can drive by bicycle very well. One thing I find especially attractive: twice a day I drive along the Bellevueallee in Tiergarten – a green oasis in the middle of the city: