Archives for the month of: June, 2012
My Compact Model

Doing the laundry is one of those chores that never seems to end. I applaud the inventor of the modern washing machine. European washing machines are generally non-agitating and extremely energy efficient. Moreover, these machines use very little water, remove tough stains, and keep clothes in better condition (less wear and tear). However, all these pluses come with a big drawback: the washing cycle is long. 


In Berlin, I have a washer-dryer model that permits me to wash and dry a load of laundry in the same machine. It’s practical, but hardly time saving. The average wash cycle is about 2 hours, and if you decide to dry, tack on another 2.5 hours. (The machine uses condensation to dry.)

Eco-Friendly

Like most Germans, I rarely use a dryer. Instead, I prefer to line dry using a portable drying rack. It’s economical and eco-friendly.

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My Compact Model

Doing the laundry is one of those chores that never seems to end. I applaud the inventor of the modern washing machine. European washing machines are generally non-agitating and extremely energy efficient. Moreover, these machines use very little water, remove tough stains, and keep clothes in better condition (less wear and tear). However, all these pluses come with a big drawback: the washing cycle is long. 


In Berlin, I have a washer-dryer model that permits me to wash and dry a load of laundry in the same machine. It’s practical, but hardly time saving. The average wash cycle is about 2 hours, and if you decide to dry, tack on another 2.5 hours. (The machine uses condensation to dry.)

Eco-Friendly

Like most Germans, I rarely use a dryer. Instead, I prefer to line dry using a portable drying rack. It’s economical and eco-friendly.

Until July 29, 2012, the Kulturforum in Berlin is exhibiting the 100 best posters of 2011. The posters are from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Admission is free. Here are some of my favorites. 

Although not part of this Exhibition,
this 1968 poster from the German Student Alliance
for Socialism
 features Marx, Engels, and Lenin. It states,
“Everybody talks about the Weather, Not Us.”
This really captures the mood of the 60’s.
(Neue Nationalgalerie-Berlin)




Das Traumpaar: Zahn und Bürste
(The Dream Couple: Tooth and Brush),
Switzerland





















Beware of Ticks (Hüten Sie sich vor Zecken),
Germany



Heute Mache Ich Blau (Today I make Blue),
(Switzerland)
Slime:
A Poster for a Concert
Mahamaya Fixpress,
Switzerland
This Poster conveys movement, speed,
and good food. Klasse!
Courtesy of Kulturforum,
Germany
Fette Kinder (Fat Children),
Switzerland
Until July 29, 2012, the Kulturforum in Berlin is exhibiting the 100 best posters of 2011. The posters are from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Admission is free. Here are some of my favorites. 

Although not part of this Exhibition,
this 1968 poster from the German Student Alliance
for Socialism
 features Marx, Engels, and Lenin. It states,
“Everybody talks about the Weather, Not Us.”
This really captures the mood of the 60’s.
(Neue Nationalgalerie-Berlin)




Das Traumpaar: Zahn und Bürste
(The Dream Couple: Tooth and Brush),
Switzerland





















Beware of Ticks (Hüten Sie sich vor Zecken),
Germany



Heute Mache Ich Blau (Today I make Blue),
(Switzerland)
Slime:
A Poster for a Concert
Mahamaya Fixpress,
Switzerland
This Poster conveys movement, speed,
and good food. Klasse!
Courtesy of Kulturforum,
Germany
Fette Kinder (Fat Children),
Switzerland

Germany is out of the 2012 European Football Championships. They lost to Italy in an exciting semi-final game 1:2. The Italians will now face the Spanish in the final.

Wow, what a surprising result! No one saw this coming. I was on the edge of my seat. Everybody assumed the Germans would have a cakewalk on the way to the championship. Just goes to show, never take anything for granted. Overconfidence can be your worst enemy. The passionate Italian team made few errors as opposed to the unusually shaky Germans.

At the end of the game, the neighborhood was creepily quiet: no car horns, no firecrackers going off, no singing in the streets, and no cheering. You could hear a pin drop. Everyone was stunned. I’m not a betting man, but I’ll put my money on the Spanish. 

Mario Balotelli: Scored twice, giving Italy the Win.





Germany is out of the 2012 European Football Championships. They lost to Italy in an exciting semi-final game 1:2. The Italians will now face the Spanish in the final.

Wow, what a surprising result! No one saw this coming. I was on the edge of my seat. Everybody assumed the Germans would have a cakewalk on the way to the championship. Just goes to show, never take anything for granted. Overconfidence can be your worst enemy. The passionate Italian team made few errors as opposed to the unusually shaky Germans.

At the end of the game, the neighborhood was creepily quiet: no car horns, no firecrackers going off, no singing in the streets, and no cheering. You could hear a pin drop. Everyone was stunned. I’m not a betting man, but I’ll put my money on the Spanish. 

Mario Balotelli: Scored twice, giving Italy the Win.





In the age of the Internet, love is just a click away. There are thousands of sites to find Mr. or Ms. Right. However, in Berlin, you can also seek love the old-fashioned way: post an advert. Here are a few examples. 

This notice found in Treptower Park states, in part:
Young Prince (30) without an aristocratic title
seeks Rapunzel to steal a horse and be happy. 

I would so much like to kiss you.
(It looks like there has
been some interest.)
 
We belong together, etc.
(A bit over-the-top for my taste.)
Happy?

A Heart for someone to love.
(This is my favorite!)

In the age of the Internet, love is just a click away. There are thousands of sites to find Mr. or Ms. Right. However, in Berlin, you can also seek love the old-fashioned way: post an advert. Here are a few examples. 

This notice found in Treptower Park states, in part:
Young Prince (30) without an aristocratic title
seeks Rapunzel to steal a horse and be happy. 

I would so much like to kiss you.
(It looks like there has
been some interest.)
 
We belong together, etc.
(A bit over-the-top for my taste.)
Happy?

A Heart for someone to love.
(This is my favorite!)

June 27th is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day) in Germany. It’s similar to Groundhog Day in the United States. The weather on this day is supposed to determine the average weather for the next seven weeks. Luckily, as a weather predictor, Siebenschläfertag is rarely accurate. That’s good news, since the weather for Wednesday will be cloudy, cool, and wet. (There will be a break on Friday when it will be hot and humid.) In fact, June has felt more like winter or spring than summer. It’s almost July, and I’m wearing a sweater and jacket! 

Many people assume that Siebenschläfertag refers to the edible dormouse, a rodent known as Siebenschläfer, but the day actually commemorates a German legend. In ancient Rome, the edible dormouse was eaten as a snack, hence the word edible in its name. Today, the edible dormouse is considered a delicacy and eaten primarily in Slovenia.

June 27th is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day) in Germany. It’s similar to Groundhog Day in the United States. The weather on this day is supposed to determine the average weather for the next seven weeks. Luckily, as a weather predictor, Siebenschläfertag is rarely accurate. That’s good news, since the weather for Wednesday will be cloudy, cool, and wet. (There will be a break on Friday when it will be hot and humid.) In fact, June has felt more like winter or spring than summer. It’s almost July, and I’m wearing a sweater and jacket! 

Many people assume that Siebenschläfertag refers to the edible dormouse, a rodent known as Siebenschläfer, but the day actually commemorates a German legend. In ancient Rome, the edible dormouse was eaten as a snack, hence the word edible in its name. Today, the edible dormouse is considered a delicacy and eaten primarily in Slovenia.