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Seriously now: why is internet so bad in Germany anyway?

Judging by the amount of posts in the various Facebook groups and the comments’ section on this very blog, newcomers never cease to be baffled about how poor access to reliable internet is in this country. Whether it’s at home or on mobile, it’s hard for some to move to the first European economic power and experience internet like it’s 2009.

This happened to me too naturally. It’s more expensive, slower than back home and don’t get me started on how it takes to even open a line. This made me curious: how did this happen? I mean surely, reliable and fast internet is key to economic success. How has Germany let this develop?

Come with me on a journey of poor technological choices, lobbying and weak political will.

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6 things you can do in Berlin instead of going to May Day’s Fests

The real first days of Spring are finally here and the summer is luring in the distance. After the long days of Winter, you find yourself in dire need of outdoor entertainment. What better way to quench that thirst than going on a urban trip on the 1st of May? All the right ingredients are there after all: free concerts, cheap booze, & general sense of laissez-faire with the occasional fight. In a nutshell : the perfect occasion to meet up with some friends and spend some time in a joyous atmosphere around Kottbusser Tor or Görlitzer Park.

However the reality is far from ideal. The 1st of May is best defined by the following:

  • Unmanageable crowds in narrow streets meaning it takes about 45min to walk 200m
  • Permanently losing friends that didn’t follow the group properly, thus spending half of the time trying to back-track them, instead of enjoying
  • The impossibility of contacting them via cellphone since connection is non-existent (refer to 1st bullet point for explanation)
  • A tons of concerts way too close to one another, with never-ending sound system competitions. This means you either can’t hear the music properly or risk hear loss.
  • Pick-pockets & fights

My point: Here are some 6 free ways to better use your time around the city.

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If you want to make a donation & help refugees around Berlin

Giving to refugees in Berlin

Hi everyone. I’m sure you have seen it everywhere on the news : a crisis. lots of refugees. It’s probably the biggest challenge for Europe right now.

All those events are way beyond our scale of power, influence or understanding. However, It feels like we could assist a little the effort of supporting those people leaving everything behind to come to Europe & to come to Berlin.

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Enchanted Berlin : The dangers of being post-tourists

This post is addressed at everyone out-there wanting to move to Berlin after a sweet sweet dreamy stay. I have got a message for you : you have been bewitched, and the Berlin you have seen is enchanted. The curse is called : Post-tourism.

 

Post tourism you said ?

Contrary to the classical definition, i mean the following : The post-tourist is the person that settles in Berlin (or wants to) after spending some time here while not having residency in the city. The city has made such an impression on him/her that every effort will be made to try to extend this experience as much as possible.

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