I love these eco-bikes. You find them in most of the big European cities now, and they are a great way to get around. You use a mobile app (of course) to register a bike, and off you go. When you’re done you pop it into a rack and you’re done.

They have a similar concept with scooters which you can leave anywhere when you’re done, and the app tells you where the nearest scooters are.

A great idea, but I somehow think the South-African public isn’t quite ready for them…

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Lego buildings

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These apartment buildings are in the middle of the former East-Berlin. They are just down the road from the Stasi headquarters. I don’t know how old they are, but to me the look very simple and functional, with an emphasis on cost and not on amazing or interesting design.

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They remind me of my old lego set, looking like they could have been assembled from really big lego blocks.

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Two metro stations

Two metro stations.

The first one is Brandenburg Tor, with the old gothic Unter den Linden sign under it. In the cold-war, West-German trains went through parts of East-Germany, and in particular through this station. But they never stopped at any of these so-called “ghost-stations” that were closed and guarded.

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The second sign is Alexanderplatz in East-Berlin, an area that today is one of the bussiest districts in Berlin.

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