The place that out-Catholics Ireland

The place that out-Catholics Ireland

As soon as the “Berlin-Warsaw Express” chugged across the border, the Virgin Marys began to appear. Some of them stood scarecrow-like and alone in their shrines at the edge of wheat fields, while others guarded the entrances to farm houses. Rosy-cheeked and smiling demurely beneath their blue shawls, they reminded me of home. It was … Continue reading

In Warsaw

In Warsaw

I’ll be back soon with news of my adventures in Warsaw, the trials and tribulations of shopping for a soon-to-turn 95 year-old and an update on my quarter-life crisis. Bis bald!

World Apart

World Apart

I get the U8 to work. Berliners call it the Drogen Linie – a title it’s earned. Men and women with drooping eyelids and sad shuffles inhabit the line. On the platforms, people with trolleys containing their belongings shine torches into bins looking for bottles to recycle. Once, a girl with black eyes got on … Continue reading

How to turn flat-hunting into a hobby

How to turn flat-hunting into a hobby

Regular readers know I’m more than a bit of a creep. I stare unashamedly at strangers and note down snippets of conversations I hear on trains. And – no I am not joking, LSB got me a periscope for Christmas. So, despite the well-documented tedium of finding a flat in Berlin and a certain Mr … Continue reading

Gate Expectations

Gate Expectations

On Friday night, LSB and I were to return to Berlin after spending a warm, damp Christmas in Dublin. The day had been stormy and the queue at the airport was frightful. The woman before us looked particularly dismayed so I said: “Well, you’re one ahead of us!” to which she replied, “that’s not saying … Continue reading

Nothing but the tooth

Nothing but the tooth

When it comes to wisdom teeth, the world is divided into haves and have-nots. Those that have suffer stoically while those that have-not continue on, blissfully unaware of their good fortune. Sometimes the have-nots playfully roll their tongues to the back of their mouths and say: “Oh, I don’t think I’ve got any! But I’m … Continue reading