Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Cloud-hopping

 



From Bavaria to Berlin, from Berlin to the Netherlands, then back to Berlin, and now Bavaria again. 

After wearing "The Mask" from Schiphol to Berlin (and then in the public transport the S-Bahn) - meaning 7 !!! hours without a break, my head felt like the photo above - muddy, even the next day I wasn't completely "there". 

But am now: here

Bathing in nature and calm. Wide view. 

Though I enjoyed the Big City too. 







16 comments:

  1. I hope you haven't had to face any flooding... it sounds extremely dangerous :(

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  2. Dear Helen - the flooding just stopped 1 (one!) village before ours! I read about it when I was in the Netherlands, and now a neighbour told me, that the whole next village was deep under water, they had to rescue people with boats - but as far as I know nobody was hurt. But heavy damage to property, and no electricity for 2 days (meaning that the big supermarket had to throw away thawed foods worth about 60.000 Euros!) And private fridges of course didn't work either, nor stoves, nor cellphones.
    In other parts of Germany, around Köln, they have more than 100 deaths. Horrible.

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  3. It is hot here today, Summer has come back. I am hoping to do some train rides in the UK but not venturing further, our rules for travel are very complicated for casual travel abroad and liable to change without notice. The freak rain in your country and the Low Country is very frightening in how rapidly devastation can happen. I am glad you are safe. History records events of floods and we can but imagine what it was like. History will record these floods in different ways that we will never know about.

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    1. Dear Rachel, so fine that summertime has started again! The travel rules change from day to day - we do not dare to plan anything for vacancy-future in another land.
      Yes, the heavy rain demonstrates that men are not masters of their fate.
      Today I spoke with a woman from the other village that was so horribly affected - she said she is still under shock, and very tired all the time.

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  4. Seven hours in a mask - I can't imagine it.

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    1. Dear Tasker, yeah, that was really awful.
      And yesterday in the completely full train too - and I wondered a bit: I have to register for every visit in a shop (exception: supermarket) with my name, email-address etc - but on the train, riding for many hours: nothing. Even no need to book a seat (as you have to do for the Euro-Star) - well, it is all about money, not about health...thus they sell 100% seats, not only (hopefully) reasonable 50%...

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  5. Wouldn't it be fun to actually surf on the clouds? I've been thinking about you as I read about the flooding in Germany. Take care.

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    1. Dear Emma, the clouds looked so lovely and plushy!!
      Thank you for thinking of me - the disaster was only 3 kilometres away, that is not much! Though Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz were even heavier afflicted with about 160 deaths meanwhile.
      The Rain stopped - but it shows how fragile everything is.

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  6. That's my reality as a nurse. Every shift I work 8 hours in a mask and goggles. Sometimes we lift it to pant in the toilets.

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    1. Dear "50 and counting" (wonderful title!) - to imagine that you work every day - even longer as I had to wear it - with a mask and dampening goggles! And, added to that, the stress in dealing with people in need. Hard!

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  7. You seem to be travelling with ease getting to where you want to go.
    The mask, we could all do without. It really is uncomfortable but for safety sake we each (unhappily) do our part. Your photo reminds me of a lovely bath house I once visited and it was pure luxury. I'm glad to hear you were not impacted by the flooding and are safely back in Bavaria.

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    1. Well yes, Susan, though it is not my whim but at the moment something I have to do. Cannot imagine going on like that forever. It is a bit strenuous sometimes, though exciting too.
      The bath house you describe sounds utterly divine!

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  8. With sorrow for the others, I am happy you escaped the deluge unscathed.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne - one often wonders how near to us some misfortunes happen - each of us will have some of those very-nearly-moments.

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  9. What a lovely opportunity to get out to your familiar haunts again, dear Britta! Welcome home! You'll have had a joyous reception x 3, I expect!!

    I, too, am very relieved to hear you are unaffected by the awful flooding - you were very much on my mind, especially as you were so quiet. How close it came, though! Mother Nature really keeps us on our toes and can be quite merciless sometimes.

    I was reading that, according to NASA studies, an anticipated and regular moon wobble is coming around mid-2030s, its nodal cycle, and its tidal influence will bring more of this kind of flooding. It's a sobering prospect for low-lying communities ...

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    1. Dear Pipistrello, my little granddaughters, almost 2, seem to think that I can change from earth to heaven in a second - when a plane passes they look into the sky and cry "Nana!" (that's how they call me). Well - as long as they do not imagine me riding a broom...

      Yes, Mother Nature can become very angry, and I can understand her.
      Add the wobbling moon - and I know why I greeted the start of the third decade of this century with a sort of impeding wobble in my heart - not (!) influenced by Champagne...

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