Christmas is Coming

Winter is here in Berlin. I just came out from an 8-hour AM shift and I am so happy to see the sun shining. Never mind that it is 4 degrees. It is a luxury! Caught this view on my walk home. Christmas Markets are alreads sprouting like mushrooms all over Berlin, and Germany or Europe at that. Soo stoked!šŸ¤— Berlin is already lit. Today, 02.12.2017, I made a mistake by going to a Christmas Market alone. There are times that you can just be the wallflower that you are. But Christmas should not be one of those. It should…

Lake Tegel

After a 7-day straight mess at work — all the excitement, the papers that need to be signed, by patients who adore and despise you from one moment to another, the medications that need to be administered on time, to different patients who have the same “Wunschzeiten”, and hesitantly ignoring emergency phone calls, etc, etc — I felt like I much needed a 1-day “Erholung“. Tegeler See was the place to be. It sure was packed on a weekend. But good thing we started early and was able to enjoy the place before it was getting crowded. It was located…

Alexanderplatz

Buildings and malls surround it. Tram lines, buses and trains circuit through it. Located in the middle of the middle (Mitte) of Berlin, this is considered the busiest part of the city. Last month it was just covered with stalls of the Christmas Market, and everyday it is covered with people going on with their own lives. Many would say I live near a place that is dangerous. Yes, a lot of things happen in this area. And just this one afternoon, I turned around and saw the place now covered with snow. I looked up at the “pin”(it really…

RakotzbrĆ¼cke

Kromlau’s version of a devil’s bridge is famous for its semi-circle arch which mirrors itself against the waters of Rakotz See into a perfect circle. It really is a perfect circle at any angle. There is something repulsive, at the same time beguiling about this bridge. Perhaps because it is also known as a “devil’s bridge” which, according to tales, was built after making a pact with the devil for its completion. True or not, I had goosebumps because someone died during construction. A memorial, in fact, stands erect before the bridge’s entrance. šŸ˜¬ Or was I just in awe….

A Sip and a Slice of Both Sad and Happy

Life is, a lot of times, bitter — like coffee. But it is, a lot more times, sweet — like cake. Nevertheless, we choose how we blend it. You can choose for example sweetened coffee over the strong espresso. Or opt for dark bitter chocolate cake over delicious mouth-watering vanilla cream fudge. No matter what you want, however you want it, you can choose the perfect pair — or just order singlehandedly — to suit your palate, or get the right blend. Apply that in life. You know, it is all about perspective and how you take life the way…