May 1st 2017

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early
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May Day was a cloudy day in Berlin, cool and windy. I rode the S-Bahn down to Grunewald and walked without knowing where. The only businesses open on May Day are the little eateries, bakeries and Kneipers.
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20170501_170926Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles, everywhere. I saw a bicycle in a shop window that I wanted. I took a picture. Impossible to see with the reflection. Has wooden fenders and makes me wonder if I could make my own?
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The picture below is from the Grunewald. Part of the old factory, now an eco-center I think, has been converted to little eateries and a café. There were lots of families and kids there, eating ice cream, pastries and drinking tea and coffee.
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I visited Mexikoplatz, some ways out from the center of Berlin. The little square next to the Bahnhof is inviting—there’s a fountain and cafés and a bakery. There’s not much beyond the square; the neighborhood is mostly houses and small apartment buildings. And they’re beautiful houses with stately trees, shrubs and yards.
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The Berliners are very fastidious about observing the red and green lights at crosswalks. In the whole of the city, so far, I’ve only seen three cross while the lights were red. The reasoning is that children won’t learn dangerous behavior from adults. Those who cross against the lights risked being soundly scolded by other parents. That’s something, perhaps, Americans could learn from the Berliners.
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Signing out after another day—May 1rst 11 PM.
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