A hot Night in Hukuntsi… Stories from Kalahari Desert

August 17th, 2015

A hot Night in Hukuntsi… Stories from Kalahari DesertMagic Kalahari, a land of contrasts – up in the north, where Okavango River seeps away, it can be as green and lush as it can be red brown and dry in the south. Being spread over several ten thousands of square kilometres it is home to one of the world’s largest game population. Due to game reserves and national parks humans are allowed to scratch at the surface to something that is a worldwide exceptional refuge for flora and fauna, for the smallest as well as for big cats. »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Berlin Pankow War Cemetery

May 15th, 2015

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Berlin Pankow War CemeteryThe Battle of Berlin in 1945 claimed more than 170.000 killed soldiers and several ten thousands of dead civilians. More than half a million people got wounded, physically as well as mentally. The Soviet War Memorial at Schönholzer Heide in Berlin’s Pankow district is final resting place to almost 20.000 Red Army soldiers that fell victim to that final combat »»

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and Time

March 19th, 2015

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and TimeIn March 2003 the city of Maun used to be a village, but now, 12 years later, it’s a town, even Botswana’s third largest town. Without interruption the sky above Okavango Delta, that locals refer to only as The Delta, gets cut by airplanes carrying hundreds of tourists that want to see what the Delta looks like from above. From time to time even jets mingle with the crowd of planes as African Maun even has an international airport; an opened and properly operating international airport, something that we Berliner’s can only dream of until 2018 »»

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra Crossings

February 12th, 2015

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra CrossingsWhen travelling Botswana by car then kilometres pretty much pile up on the clock as many roads lead around the national parks. One of those national parks is the Makgadikgadi salt pans area in the northeast of the country. Coherently seen they are the largest of its kind on planet Earth. The rare minerals of the salt draw thousands of animals to see the pans. In particular when African spring changes into summer, when rainy seasons starts, then rhinos, giraffes and large flocks of Zebras make their way to those depressions where rain water gathers to feed lush vegetation and mighty baobab trees »»

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant Paradise

February 6th, 2015

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant ParadiseChobe River and Zambezi, Botswana’s north is pretty much under the influence of water making the local vegetation literally running to leafs. That place is paradise to the most likeable pachyderms of the world: Elephants »»

Germany’s longest real Underground – Berlin’s U7

November 21st, 2014

Germany’s longest real Underground – Berlin’s U7Number 7 among Berlin’s undergrounds can score with the superlative of having the longest subsurface leading route of Germany’s metros, that is a 31.8 kilometres long tunnel, which was even the most sprawled out tunnel in the world from 1984 to 1988. From northwestern Berlin (Rathaus Spandau) to the southeastern end of the city, that is Rudow, a ride on the U7 needs almost one hour travel time. It diagonal route through the city leads through former West Berlin only and stops at historic gems like Hermannplatz, an underground cathedral being built in 1926. Through the years it got extended several times like modern designed stations Rohrdamm or Mierendorffplatz show, making the U7 so interesting and inspiring that you can even find it in computer games »»

Moving from West to East – The U5 Line

November 11th, 2014

Moving from West to East – The U5 LineWhy did the U5 run once in West Berlin and what does a Swede have to do with pre-war Berlin? Why do the stations of today’s U5 appear similar and functional? What role played the GDR and what does the U5 have to do with Klaus Wowereit’s still unfinished BBI airport desaster? Like all other also the fifth BVG underground line is unique but also prompts a couple of questions. Its highlight is Alexanderplatz, an underground cathedral from where in the future U5 will extend to join forces with the U55 to finally shake hands with the central train station infrastructure-wise. Reflecting the history of that line one thing becomes apparent: Money played the most important role in life of the U5 »»

Oberbaum, Berlin Wall and so on…

November 9th, 2014

Oberbaum, Berlin Wall and so on…Berlin-based bridge Oberbaumbrücke is a symbol for many things: Where nowadays cars, metros and tourists cross Spree River from north to south, was once the border between the East and the West. The former border strip was guided by the course of the river; a route, that today is famous for pleasure boat trips. The towers of Oberbaumbrücke are not only identity-establishing for the directly neighbouring club Watergate, but stand first and foremost for the vicinity of Berlin and Brandenburg. Also in my life Oberbaumbrücke played an important role, as it was my first contact with the West after the Berlin Wall fell down »»

Threesome – Prague’s Metro Network

October 29th, 2014

Threesome – Prague’s Metro NetworkIf it’s rush hour in Prague and you miss a metro train by an inch only, then you merely have to wait 115-150 seconds until the next train pulls into the station. That’s top-notch in Europe, in particular in the background of only 1.2 million people living in Prague. The trains of Pražské Metro bomb along three lines through the underground of the Golden City, connecting old as well as brand-new stations that tell the modern history of the Czech capital »»

One for All and All in One – Warsaw’s Underground

October 7th, 2014

One for All and All in One – Warsaw’s UndergroundFollowing the course of Vistula River, Poland’s one and only underground stops at 21 stations in Warsaw’s underground. Consisting of only one single line being in operation, about 370.000 people use the coaches shuttling along the 23.1 kilometres long track. Planning and design actually having started in the 1920’s finally saw and end when in 1995 Metro Warszawskie started operations. It belongs not only to the youngest undergrounds in Europe but also has officially one of the most beautiful stations in the world. Very soon its singlehood will change though as the start of second line operations already loom »»