Author: Ruben Alexander

By Ruben Alexander

From Pankow to Weissensee

GERMANY – In this post, I will take you on a bike ride from near Pankow station to the neighbourhood of Weissenssee (which is now part of the borough of Pankow). Like much of Pankow, Kissingenstrasse, which goes east from Pankow station, is spacious, green, and lined with stately looking buildings: A building in a…

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By Ruben Alexander

Bike Ride to Mordor

GERMANY – To fully understand Berlin, one has to understand how spacious it is. This means that some districts are so far from each other that they could almost be in different countries, both visually and culturally. To many Berliners, this also means that many other parts of the city are full of the wrong…

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By Ruben Alexander

Pankow in Winter

GERMANY – The wall used to stand just a few hundred meters from my first address in Berlin, on the other side of the tracks at Schönholz S-Bahn station. The people whose apartment I lived in told me that the whole neighbourhood (including a good friend of mine, who was too young to remember it)…

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By Ruben Alexander

Reinickendorf in Winter

GERMANY – In this post, I will show you some winter shots of Reinickendorf, the northern borough of Berlin where I spent my first 7 months in the city. Reinickendorf has about 250,000 inhabitants and covers 89.5 square kilometres, making it roughly the same size as my previous home towns Utrecht and Liège. This makes…

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By Ruben Alexander

Art Nouveau Oradea

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – While Cluj-Napoca is the most varied city I visited on this trip to Romania, and therefore my favorite, the most beautiful were undoubtedly Sibiu and Oradea. Sibiu is special for being a well preserved medieval town, but Oradea (the capital of Bihor county, pop.: 196,367), is special for another reason that I think…

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By Ruben Alexander

Timișoara

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Romania 2017

ROMANIA – Situated on the plain near the borders with Hungary and Serbia, Timișoara – where I arrived at the airport and spent two nights – is a university town of 320,000. It is called Temesvar in Hungarian, Timisvar in Serbian, and a variation on the theme in various other languages. Pictures made on 2017-07-16….

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