Monthly Archives: February 2016


I went back to Berlin!

I went for a week this time, the last adventure was a quite exhasting. I last went there as a backpacker, arriving in around 5am, due to some trains just utterly failing to turn up. This time I had a full week, I was still recovering from my surgery, and to boot the weather was aweful, drissly rain.

How ever I got to visit, the

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag building
  • Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer)
  • Museum Island ( Pergamon Museum )
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • East Side Gallery
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Fernsehturm de Berlín ( Romantic Date )

Other Notes

Erdnuß Locken are my own personal form of Herion, thesse peanut flavored wotsits are just the best.

The TV tower was one of the highlights of my Trip.

So much Vegan food everywhere.


The City and the Stars

This was my Holiday reading in Berlin. I wanted to get into reading, having not sit and read a book since I finished Tau Zero a few months back. My world has mostly been podcasts and audio books.

I really enjoyed this, I think its the most literary of Clarke’s books. Normally when I am reading something of Clarke’s, I am reading it for the science, and a glimpse of what he sees as the future. I am reading for the world, and the ideas. This time I read because I wanted to know what happened next. All the sci-fi goodness and speculation was there, I enjoyed all the concepts such as the memory banks and the create composed of pure thought. But I also needed to know what Alvin was going to do next. It was a madcap journey though many of Clarke’s ideas, and it was fun ride.


I just  enjoyed reading/Listening to the Hyperion Cantos for the first time. The first book, Hyperion was excellent, it in many ways sits in the Space Opera Genre. Its better to say its really a selection of short stories, as 7 travelers sit and talk about what brought them to the place they are, each tells a different story, providing a new perspective on the universe the Cantos is set in. Allowing you to see the old stories in a new light, and unraveling a small thread of the mystery you feel all though the book.

The Universe is fresh and original in many ways, and I can see how many of it elements quickly became tropes for other modern sci-fi.