Since the winter is over and the warm weather started to kick in, Berlin is on the way to become an amazing place to live. It’s a great turn of events.

A few months ago when I moved here, my first experiences in the city were nothing what I had in mind before. I was walking in the -15 Celsius cold, among the soviet buildings of Karl Marx Allee on the completely empty and dark street, looking for a room to rent, and could not figure out how I could think that this city is a friendly, open and civilized place – or even, a place to live at.

But who is the stupid, moving to a north European city in January.


Since the end of February the days got longer, cycling started to actually feel good, and the discovery became better with every day. For the last few days the sun is out and there are no serious looking rainclouds on the sky – that, in Berlin, means: party.

Smoke is above all public parks, people are out with barbecues, and random open air gigs are being held: some bring dj sets and play fairly loud music, while everyone around starts to dance. Probably the world’s coolest but cheapest party: no entry fee, the beer is about one euro from the nearby sp├Ątis. A perfect match for the ‘arm aber sexy’ (poor but sexy) berliner.

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I started my first publicly available and almost-popular blog exactly ten years ago. That blog was perfect for me: users could and did comment, I posted on a really regular basis, and with a bunch of friends doing the same thing at the same time, it was more than just a blog: a creative network with reactions, debates, opinions with a well connected community.

We were still in high school, wrote all the necessary Perl scripts after the afternoon classes – still had to wait a few years until WordPress appeared -, and the discovery of the web and the new technologies got us together. Now, ten years, a bunch of blog projects and a few years of silence later, I can’t wait to start it again: write a personal blog. Here it begins.

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