Nyt on yö. Minä kuljen yksin tyhjiä katuja. En tiedä, mihin olen menossa, hyvä kun tiedän mistä olen tulossa, ja ruumiissani soi tuhat kaunista ja voimakasta sävelmää, minun koko menneisyyteni, ja silmissäni loistavat tuhannen ihmisen silmät, silmien takana tuntemattomuus, tätä naista ei tunne kukaan, se ei ole vielä täysin syntynytkään, ei kukaan tiedä mitä se on tulevaisuudessa.
- Mirka Lattunen
El a întins spre mine o frunză ca o mână cu degete. Eu am întins spre el o mână ca o frunză cu dinţi. El a întins spre mine o ramură ca un braţ. Eu am întins spre el braţul ca o ramură. El schi-a înclinat spre mine trunchiul ca un umăr. Eu mi-am înclinat spre el umărul ca un trunchi noduros. Auzeam cum se încetineşte sângele meu suind ca seva. Eu am trecut prin el. El a trecut prin mine. Eu am rămas un pom singur. El un om singur
- Nichita Stănescu
Kunst ist nicht ein Spiegel, den man der Wirklichkeit vorhält, sondern ein Hammer, mit dem man sie gestaltet.
- Karl Marx
The Hermit’s Song
A hiding tuft, a green-barked yew tree Is my roof, While nearby a great oak tree keeps me Tempest-proof.
I can pick my fruit from an apple Like an Inn, Or can fill my fist where hazels Shut me in.
A clear well beside me offers Best of drink, And there glows a bed of cresses Near its brink.
Pigs and Goats, the friendliest neighbours, Nestle near, Wild swine come, or broods of badgers, Grazing deer.
All the gentry of the county Come to call! And the foxes come behind them, Best of all.
To what meals the woods invite me All about! There are water, herbs and cresses, Salmon, trout.
A clutch of eggs, sweet mast and honey Are my meat, Heathberries and Whortleberries For a sweet.
All that one could ask for comfort Round me grows, There are hips and haws and strawberries, Nuts and sloes.
And when summer spreads its mantle What a sight! Marjoram and leeks and pignuts, Juicy, bright.
Dainty redbreasts briskly forage Every bush Round and round my hut there flutter Shallow, thrush.
Bees and beetles, music-makers, Croon and strum; Geese pass over, duck in autumn, Dark streams hum.
Angry wren, officious linnet And black-cap, All industrious, and the woodpecker’s Sturdy tap.
From the sea the gulls and herons Flutter in, While in upland heather rises The grey hen.
In the year’s most brilliant weather Heifers low Through green fields, not driven nor beaten, Tranquil, slow.
In wreathed boughs the wind is whispering, Skies are blue, Swans call, river water falling Is calling too.
I got to borrow an old bike from my boss's nice girlfriend, so I could easily get to Pankow this morning to pick up my visa from the Mongolian consulate.
The day has been sunny and very warm ... except in the office, where I was freezing to death today (it's on the northern side on the fifth floor in an old, drafty house). It helped a bit when I opened the window and let warm air inside.
Since I was alone today, I could finish my work early (no one was there to interrupt me), and when I came out on the street the temperature difference felt like at least 10 degrees centigrade ... suddenly I was *sweating* to death.
Anyway, these are the two most interesting buildings that you can see from the yard behind my office. The others have all been renovated quite recently.
I don't start work until Friday, so today I went out to explore the city a bit. First, I bought some breakfast in a Turkish shop nearby (mmm ... yoghurt and sesame bread), and after eating I went out to check out the neighbourhood and take pictures.
After walking around for three hours, my feet were aching quite badly from the worn off inner soles in my shoes. Luckily, I found some spare inner soles in the drug store Rossman ...
It's nice to be in Germany again. The streets, and this apartment, are full of smells I hadn't felt since we moved away from Hannover many years ago.
One sad thing, though, is that you can't really drink the tap water. (That shows how spoiled Scandinavians actually are ...)
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Before I came here, I wasn't expecting to experience so extremely much "east block blues", as I assumed that Berlin would have gone through a lot of substantial changes since 1989. Well, that was before I changed S-Bahn at the station Ostkreuz on my way from the airport. The atmosphere at the station was like Russia all over again, but with a slight German touch.