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Kollwitzplatz door

1 May 2021 • 10:00

Life in Berlin continues apace during the pandemic. I find myself walking the same routes around my neighborhood, going by buildings both modern and classical. Some pristine, others covered with layers of graffiti. I long for trips to other parts of the world but am thankful that I’m somewhere that I’m still a relative newbie too and can appreciate for its otherness.

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Sunset at Jungfernsee

21 February 2021 • 23:00

We spent the afternoon near Potsdam on the banks of the Jungfernsee, which translates to “Virgin Lake.” After a prolonged period of cold and snow, it was great to get out of the house and be outside for a few hours with only a light jacket on.

The location here is across the water from Glienicke Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Spies. This is where the Americans and Soviets would exchange captured prisoners during the Cold War, starting with Gary Powers’ exchange for Rudolf Abel.

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Frosted Mauerweg

14 February 2021 • 10:00

This morning brought another dusting of snow to our neighborhood in Berlin, freshining up the white sidewalks and giving the trees that perfect winter wonderland look.

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Lockdown snow

12 February 2021 • 21:00

Berlin got really cold this week and we got covered in a nice layer of snow, more than the city has seen in several years now. Because we’re all home for the lockdown, however, it hasn’t made as much of an impact as it would otherwise. Instead, it’s just been a pretty change of view and a chance for the kids to get out and play.

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Oberschulzentrum Wedding (OSW)

2 February 2021 • 15:00

Not far from where I live in Berlin, there’s an abandoned school building from the 1970s that catches my eye every time I walk by it. Designed by Pysall, Jensen, and Stahrenberg, it’s now a listed building with a future that’s still uncertain. I’d love to see it become a school again.

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Santorini evening light

29 January 2021 • 20:15

In early 2016, Katerina and I took a trip to Santorini before our son was born, just the two of us. Almost the entire island was closed because it was the winter season, leaving us with just the wind, the sun, and each other’s company to enjoy.