Category Archives: The daily grind

Workday reflections outside the box.

BS-MD: Tired legs and sticky air

Christina/ July 21, 2020/ The daily grind

This sunday we shoot for the moon. The town-twinning cycle path Braunschweig-Magdeburg is scheduled for today. The three of us want to bike all the way to Helmstedt and from there go back by train. Well, sometimes everything turns out differently – and that what’s happened. The tour is branded by closed railway crossings, sweaty descendents and several differences in

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Corona diary: Helmstedt’s Stonehenge

Christina/ July 12, 2020/ The daily grind

I told you so before and will do so once more: The Corona restrictions can have positive effects too. In the last few weeks, i.e., it brought me closer to my Lower Saxony home. Have you ever heard of the Stonehenge of Lower Saxony so far or the former Cistercian monastery of Mariental-Dorf? Maybe you like to visit a near-natural

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Corona diary: A story of alcohol and a double ostrich

Christina/ July 5, 2020/ The daily grind

An excursion into idyllic Isenbüttel can be tough. This lesson had to be learned the hard way by 400 Russians 75 years ago. The guys empoisoned themselves in April 1945 by drinking methyl alcohol. This incident is written down in the “Gifhorner diary 1945” by Reiner Silberstein. Maybe the poor soldiers should have visited the nearbye ostrich-farm instead, entertaining themselves

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Visiting the Frog King

Christina/ June 28, 2020/ The daily grind

Sporting activity and culture can be well combined within the Harz – the Harz is a forested mountain range in North Germany. The proof for this claim is our hiking trip from Bad Suderode to Gernrode and our visit to the collegiate church St. Cyriakus. The tour of 14 km includes three stamps of the “Harzer Wandernadel”: the Preußenturm (183),

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Corona diary: Plugging away for the common hamster

Christina/ June 25, 2020/ The daily grind

The economic future for Germany is not too bright these days, whether self-inflicted or through no fault of its own, the state of play is gloomy. Lufthansa depends on public aid, the German meat industry sends the R-factor of the Corona virus up again and Wirecard with its CEO Markus Braun takes the biscuit, both morally and legally. The company’s

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Corona diary: My trip into the past

Christina/ June 25, 2020/ The daily grind

It happened last tuesday: Enjoying marvelous summer weather I get on the train to Helmstedt setting out for my long planned trip into the past. There is both in me, anticipation and inner tension of what’s to come. By then I cannot sense that I will be returning that afternoon having caught up with the present. In between I come

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Fauxpas at cloister Marienrode

Christina/ June 22, 2020/ The daily grind

Due to Corona and its restrictions I go on with the discovery of places around my residence. Today we want to visit the Cisterician cloister of Marienrode close to Hildesheim. The hiking trip afterwards leads us from there through the forest of Hildesheim via lark-, finch- and Gallmountain and back. Immediately at the church of St. Michael we get a

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Corona diary: Fracking in Thune

Christina/ June 18, 2020/ The daily grind

“Well, is this already Dallas?” I think to myself in the face of oil operations, an astonishingly sight that I only knew from American TV series of the eighties having the same name. Just two hours ago I started my joyride with my little black bike (LBB) and once again the tour offered some surprises to me. Suddenly there is

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