This weekend I was finally able to close the estate of my late parents and hand the keys of my childhood family home to the new owners.
May it bring joy and happiness to them!
One goal of my New Year’s resolutions was to get to 1,000 posts on Instagram (and to 10,000 Tweets). I finally made it!
The 1k post was quite fittingly for my all-time favorite singers, Adexe y Nau, and their new single.
One thousand unique images and probably 10,000 hashtags …
I’ve also reached my tweeting goals; now, I need to get back into creating videos.
For a new client, I had to travel to Copenhagen last week. It originally started as a remote assignment, but we agreed on an initial, on-site meeting.
So, how to get from Cologne to Copenhagen? It’s not that far, about 370 miles (600 kilometers), about the same distance as Paris, Munich or Berlin.
Short-haul flights in Europe are out of the question. That left me with two options: Hiring a car and driving, or taking the train.
In times of Corona, I didn’t fancy the idea of spending almost 12 hours in a closed carriage with a large group of people, so I hired a car. Was that the right decision? I don’t know – I’ll revisit it for the next trip.
Here in Cologne, wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. Not so in Denmark – there’s hand sanitizer and gloves everywhere, but nobody is wearing a face mask; shops and offices are almost back to normal. It felt somewhat strange, though.
(Face mask by Gamescomwear)
We’re at the end of the eleventh week of social distancing now, restrictions are easing, and the borders should reopen in two weeks. It could be a time to celebrate, but it’s not.
The institutionalized racism in the West has again led to one more death. Someone caught the murder on video, which is causing massive civil unrest all across the US. In Europe, we’re still failing to support the people at our borders, showing similar, completely inhuman behavior. Why is racism still a thing in 2020?
Black Lives Matter!
We’re also ignoring the climate emergency and fired up a new coal power plant.
Our government is looking to subsidize car ownership once again, as if we didn’t know that we need to rethink traffic radically.
Indigenous peoples all over the world are in danger because they’re protecting our environment.
At least we can finally restart the weekly protests …
We are still not taking care of the people at our borders, leaving them helpless and defenseless, so we had to rally again on Saturday. Shame on Europe!
Also on Saturday I sat my first corona-style exam, with ten feet between the students and wearing a face mask, a very strange experience. The university since changed all further exams this term to term papers. June is going to be busy!
The Corona shutdown is in some kind of weird in-between state – we’re still trying to distance socially, but at the same time we are reopening stores and restaurants; there’s even talk about vacation travel in summer.
Today (Sunday) was Seedot Community Day.
And I’m getting better at managing my Email.
(Gmail Inbox, 5/24/20)
Today is #IDAHOBIT – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, celebrated all over the world.
30 years ago, on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization finally removed Homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – a huge step forward for LGBTIQ humans everywhere.
We’re also in the ninth week of the Corona-Shutdown here in Cologne, although we were able to lift so many restrictions that it no longer feels like a shutdown. Two more weeks and cinemas can reopen! If R, the reproduction rate, stays at its current level, that is.
Staying home and working from home is good for home improvement projects and at long last I was able to finish my new, all-flash NAS build.
(Case from Mini-ITX.com, 5/7/20)
Friday was Liberation Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe and the end for the Nazi-Government in Germany. It also marks the end of the most atrocious crime in humankind, the murder of millions of Jews and other people in Germany and the occupied territories.
Social distancing is still in effect, but our government lifted a lot of the restrictions – I hope all goes well and that we won’t be seeing a new wave and a second shutdown.
I’ll stop my “Shutdown” series on Instagram for now, though – stay safe!
Seven weeks of social distancing now, the numbers are beginning to look better and next week might see some easing of restrictions; FOM has extended remote teaching until June though.
Friday was May Day, a pretty somber event without all the rallies, but I think we were able to get the message of solidarity across. Especially since we’re still failing the people at our borders big time – such a shameful behavior of our governments and our society! This is not what the EU was meant for.
On a positive note, walking with my buddy Machod helps me stay sane and in shape … ?
(Pokémon Go screenshot, 5/3/20)
We’re at the beginning of the seventh week of shutdown in Cologne, and we’ve started to cautiously ease some of the restriction and re-opening shops for business again.
Social distancing measures are still in place, new for this week is the requirement to wear a face mask when shopping or using public transport. We’ll know in two weeks whether R continues to stay below 1 or not …
And, we still haven’t acted on the refugee camp in Moria and at all the other places at our borders – shame on us!
(Coronawalk with my buddy Machod, 4/26/20)
At the end of the fifth week there is cautious optimism in Cologne and starting Monday we’ll see some small measures of reopening the city.
Overall, contact avoidance and social distancing will remain in place though.
You might recall that I started a LCHF diet in November 2018 and I’m quite happy that I have been able to maintain my weight until now, I hope I’ll be able to continue to do so – the added exercise during shutdown seems to help. A bit.
The other big news this week: We are still failing the people at our borders, big time. Shame on us!
(Bathroom scales, 4/17/20)