Back in Helsinki

The first thing I heard when arriving in Helsinki: good you didn’t come earlier, it has been so cold. The wind was still quite chilly today, but the bright sunshine, the blue sky and the fresh air made up for it twice. I spent my first day strolling around in the city and felt somewhat…

Berlin 1

Long ago, I lived and worked in Berlin, shortly after the wall came down. When I decided to start a family, we left the city, as I couldn’t imagine to raise children there. In those days, playgrounds and sidewalks in Berlin were too often toilets for dogs and garbage cans for heroin needles (unless you…

Best restaurant in Helsinki?

What is the best restaurant in Helsinki? This morning I realized that the answer depends highly on: which list you are looking at. Helsingin Uutiset just published a list of the best “New” Restaurants. Just for fun, I made an excel sheet with an extra two lists for Helsinki. So there is Helsingin Uutiset, where…

Precision landing…

Let’s for a moment forget the romantic Rhine and consider the fact, that the Rhine river is one of the most important shipping routes of Europe. Fully loaded freight ships fighting upstream against the current or happily speeding downstream are a standard sight in Rhine country. I know, women have a bad reputation when it…

Half & Half

Yikes. I haven’t written in a while, because half of my life moved to Germany. Half of my time I will now spend in the beautiful Rhine Valley = wine, castles, carnival and cheerful mentality + Drachenfels (dragon’s rock), Rolandsbogen, Bonn & Siebengebirge (the seven hills) in walking distance, Düsseldorf and Cologne just down the…