Berlin Day Hike: Lights In The Lake

This Saturday I have been to Tegeler See and had this crazy February light showing off the winter colors of nature. The peacefulness of this hike – there have been quite some people because of the weather, and the forecast which predicted storms and rain starting Sunday – was interrupted, when I walked along the border of a residential area (Konradshöhe) with nearly no traffic. A car approached from behind me and honked. As there was a lot of space for the driver to pass, I shrugged my shoulders in a WTF?-gesture without turning around. He opened his window—a guy in his 60s or 70s—and swore at me in a very disturbing and loud way (cunt, ugly ass, fuck off, bitch). I asked quite calmly what kind of problem he had and he continued insulting me. When he started steering his car in my direction, I turned onto a small path into the forrest.
I was kind of upset for a while walking through the underbrush and even turned around several times to see if he would follow me. And I asked myself what leads people to behave like idiots?

It’s only February and there are already five dead cyclists in Berlin. And I’m guessing this kind of attitude is one the reasons for that.

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Azores: Horta, The Capital Of The Sailors

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Leaving Horta on a rainy day

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Azores: Glorious Lights On Faial Island

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House Of Eternity: The Jewish Cemetery in Berlichingen

Beth Olamin or Bet Olam is the Hebrew word for cemetery, meaning house of eternity. Unlike Christian cemeteries, the ground where the dead are buried should not be disturbed and graves should not be cleared. This means, that jewish cemeteries from the day of their inauguration, are keeping the memory of every community member for all times and are eternally growing. Eternally growing at least is not true for this sacred ground situated in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The first burial here was probably in 1586, the last in 1936. Jewish life was nearly extinct from the region before and during WW2.

It’s this history of course which is on my mind when letting the special atmosphere of this place resonate with my small self in this vast forest and fields in the middle of nowhere far outside the village. But as well something more. Eternity is beautiful and visible here and makes me reflect on evanescence and being reclaimed by and becoming eternal nature one time.

Other jewish cemeteries:

 

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Camargue: Infinite Plains Dotted With White Horses

We hired some bikes and made a tour in the direction of the famous lighthouse. It was so hot this day that we didn’t get there but already the part we did was wonderful. It’s pure green and dark blue vastness with horses, birds and endless, empty beaches.

At the end of the day there was one more color: The shiny red of my sunburn.

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