New Beginnings | a workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany | December 2017

New Beginnings – I had to decide what I was going to do, upon returning from my 1.5 hours in India. So I sat in an office building alone in Darmstadt, 40 minutes driving from Frankfurt, Germany. This was complements of a guy whose office space it was, whom I met with his friends in Frankfurt right before Christmas. If I wouldn’t have been able to double bolt the lock

 

Heuchlingen, Germany Deutschland

from inside, I wouldn’t have taken him up on the offer.

 

Heuchlingen, Deutschland, photography, scene

Heuchlingen Deutschland scene

I went to the drawing board – not a person present in this office building (accommodating dozens of businesses and hundreds of employees) – where I sat alone – internet, lights, heat – sort of helping myself to use the communal kitchen. And via the internet I dreamed up and

calculated my next moves. Hitching to a workaway not far from Stuttgart. That’s when it occurred to me that my ex beau whom I knew in Berlin was not very far from my destination, so I had the chance to visit him as well.

hitching, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Mössingen, Heuchlingen

hitching Darmstadt (outside of Frankfurt) to Mössingen to Heuchlingen

Loads of Photos of my New Direction > hitching from Darmstadt, outside of Frankfurt where I stayed some days in someone’s office space during the Christmas holidays (where none of the hundreds of employees were present) then to Mössingen to visit an ex beau for New Year’s eve, then on hitching on to my first workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany.

1stLots of photographs of my workway in Germany in Heuchlingen was grande. Had great rides, met nice people there include Sara from Syria who was my roommate, with whom I exchanged a lot of conversation and learned a lot.

1st workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany



several hundred year old tree

 

hitching route

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Have you Heard of Global Warming? | Apparently 60% of Providence Hasn’t | Simple Solutions | Turn off Your Idling Engines

Make America Cool Again

Make America Cool Again

You know that Facebook post a little while back in which a kid in his rear car seat was sobbing about the fact that people are killing animals? Well I’m feeling that way, except that the devastation is channelling into bewilderment and anger.

Although I had already heard that various oil companies had known of the dangers of extracting and burning petroleum…it wasn’t until I read this article two days ago “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” By Nathaniel Rich
Photographs and Videos by George Steinmetz….that laid it all out so clearly, that I feel fully incensed.

As I bicycle by idling cars continually and witness the complete disconnect – I realize that they are completely unaware.

My feeling of exasperation is not going away.

Losing Earth the Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Losing Earth the Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Talking to a German woman today I asked her if Germans leave their car engines idling, to which she retorted, that they always turn them off, and are aware that their individual and collective actions affect the environment.

Is the USA the United States of Amnesia or Apathy? Certainly the populace who have not been informed are not to blame? Whose responsibility is it? Parents? Teachers? Leaders? Media?

Whew! Glad that the internet has still not been reined in by corporate buyers as the rest of the mainstream media, for the remaining population of the US of A appears to be as misinformed and mislead by unimportant information as China or North Korea. Thing is, we’re a continent so removed and insulated from the rest of the world that few are aware of the impact of how phat they are living compared to the rest of the world and the damage has already been seeded.

Witnessing the exorbitant number of people I pass sitting in their cars with their engines idling, it is clearly apparent, that the people are clueless about how their actions are tied in to the climate crisis that is like a mirage, no one really quite grasping that it is real, nor particularly concerned or aware that there is even a problem. I hear the play of revving engines and motorized machoism hitting the streets regularly along with the routine beeping of car horns to signal the rest of the world that someone is locking their car. It is utterly baffling that no one is aware of their individual and collective impact on noise and air pollution of their immediate environment, much less how their actions affect the rest of the planet.

With reference to the media or governments’ lack of response, talk about betrayal. The likelihood of climate ruin through rampant fossil fuel use was first acknowledged over 150 years ago and fully understood and undeniably something to act upon 50 years ago, but informed bureaucrats and the media machine, did nothing.

US Govts Misleading Public 50 years

US Government administrationss Misleading Public over 50 years regarding the connection between petroleum extraction and burning and subsequent climate catastrophe

In addition to polluting the immediate environment, idling cars and indiscriminate use of plastics are collectively suffocating the planet.

I was creating a letter, which I was not able to send through the form within the RI governor’s office website.

Climate change is real, enforce laws against idling engines to generate income.

This article should be required reading for someone running a US State government office. I have been riding bicycle every day and night for the last 13 weeks throughout the city of Providence, RI. I have discovered that no matter where I go – regardless of age, gender, race, socio economic class (in fact it seems to be more pronounced among middle class professionals), 60% to 80% or more of the population are habitually sitting in their cars with their engines idling. This is not for a quick pickup, but for sustained periods, leaving their engines running. I encounter, regardless of district or neighborhood, a startling number of cars, per block, per minute, with people sitting in their cars, or on top of their cars, or walking away from their vehicles, with their engine left idling. Perpetually running engines. I feel the heat as I cycle by and smell the fumes.

idling cars contribute to global warming

idling cars contribute to global warming

I created this sign and printed some, but decided to focus on addressing the issue to the mayor, legislature and now governor, since not too many people (being facetious here) like zero, were interested in hearing what I had to say – even with kindness in my eyes and heart filled intent.

In fact, there appears to be a complete lack of awareness among the population of the fact

1) that global warming exists at all, and is happening all over the planet, now, every minute.
2) that people in Providence (collectively), affect the air quality of not only other people and animals (if they still exist) in the immediate vicinity of their vehicle but are contributing to the ecological disaster that is happening all over the globe
3) that their actions as a privileged and ignorant few (or their parent’s generation) are most responsible for the inception of the warming process in the first place

street art by Banksy I Don't Believe in Global Warming

street art by Banksy
I Don’t Believe in Global Warming


What is going on?

• 31 other US states have anti-idling legislation; either statewide or in a particular municipality or county
• The NYC metropolitan area have $2,000 fines per bus if caught idling.
• Citizens in Germany, Scandinavia and some Central American countries turn off their engines, ALWAYS, some even during red lights. They are completely cognizant of the ecological emergency and climate crisis, with which the United States is perpetually not dealing with, regardless of the fact that we are the primary perpetrators of this crime to humanity and to all other life forms and systems that had inherited life on this planet.

What are you going to do about it?

It is unconscionable that this is happening and no one is doing anything – and just a small percentage of scientists and individuals are even aware. Continued political deadlocks and misinformation due to participation in an economic system based on perpetual growth and profit that has already killed 87% of the species that have been on this planet. Large swaths of the US turned into a dustbowl and submersion of most coastal cities.

This is not an economic issue, this is above economics or the Gross Domestic Product.

This is about whether we want to take steps ourselves, together, to do what our federal government has not been able to achieve, and in fact has turned a blind eye to and deliberately not informed the public.

Human actions are creating an inhospitable planet for all other life forms through headlong consumption and a complete disconnection with the natural world and complete manipulation from the advertising machine.

We are destroying the habitats of most life forms on the planet. At this rate, the inevitable 4 degrees of warming will wipe out the human race. It is your responsibility as a leader, to take measures to impose legislations that will raise the awareness of idling and censure the actions of your populace.

https://sustainableamerica.org/blog/anti-idling-laws-around-the-nation/

https://www.edf.org/attention-drivers-turn-your-idling-engines

http://ksltv.com/394228/students-test-ozone-levels-cars-idle-schools/?

Officially the population of Providence is 179,300. 60 to 70 percent of the people who are in their vehicles, leave their engine on. Let’s say 60% of the inhabitants regularly sit in their vehicles with their engines idling = that’s about 107,500 people.

A fine to cars for idling of $50 x 107,500 residents = $5,375,000. That’s 5 million. Fines to diesel engines – city, state and independent contractors caught idling could be $200 + per vehicle. Fines for cutting down trees, $1,000, for endangering other creatures’ habitats through negligence or pollutants, ranging from $300 per individual to $10,000’s per business.

If nothing else, imposing fines would be a deterrent, and would immediately alert and inform people of their participation in increasing global temperatures and carbon monoxide levels, contributing to the continued increase CO2 levels and global temperatures rising to levels that in 30 years could prohibit human life. If citizens are not informed of this through education or the media outlets, it is your responsibility as a leader to recognize the crisis, and to enforce education and implementation of penalties as deterrents. Ecocide and homicide continues to take place, by ignoring the issue. Fines to coal and petroleum companies, could be in the $100, millions.

India planted 66 Million trees in 12 hours, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-plant-66-million-trees-12-hours-environment-campaign-madhya-pradesh-global-warming-climate-a7820416.html by creating the possibility and enforcing it, certainly in a manner that brought people together to do something that will benefit each.

We could have many simple solutions through seemingly small actions, in steps that could make an enormous difference. Such as;

asking people to turn off their air conditioning units (except for hospitals and care facilities) – 3 days of the week – as a starter.
To attempt car pooling, public transportation, bicycling or walking several days of the week
To authorize penalties to the use of plastics
Create jobs for people to educate people about plastics
To inform people about how their participation in using plastics and idling cars are collectively suffocating the planet in addition to polluting the immediate environment

Measures could be taken globally to do this together as the human race, instead of being in competition with one another in terms of a race to increase the GDP.

With the fines, you could use the money to pay a fleet of bicycle cops to enforce the law and establish a safe bicycle infrastructure in various municipalities and between them as well as money to invest in public transportation.

After approaching people individually, talking to the mayor, sending a letter to the mayor’s office, talking to someone in a state legislative office to convey the message about the need to enact legislation to raise peoples awareness, I find it necessary to contact the governor.

Let’s do this together and make America a global leader in dealing with a crisis that we have alone caused, instead of turning a blind eye.

https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/peoples-climate-march-in-nyc-ww-september-21st-2014-flood-wall-street/

Rising Tide of Awareness, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, NYC Climate March 2014

Rising Tide of Awareness blogger talking about Great Pacific Garbage Patch at NYC Climate March 2014

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Freiburg Germany stranded in hitch and discovery of fabulous graffiti

On my hitch from Germany east of Stuttgart to southern France, I stopped in Freiburg, Germany. I arrived at night, and walked around checking out the town, the craftsmanship, the canals, the river. Had already heard about this town as a pretty cool place; progressive, liberal, open-minded population. Also that 100% of its energy is derived from renewable sources.

Freiburg, Germany graffiti tunnels

Freiburg, Germany graffiti
tunnels

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

funky elephant Freiburg, Germany

funky elephant Freiburg, Germany

miniature puppet swinging beneath bridge

miniature puppet swinging beneath bridge
Freiburg, Germany

lovely detailed inlaid stone sidewalks Freiburg, Germany

lovely detailed inlaid stone sidewalks
Freiburg, Germany

I intended to hitch out of the town early the next morning. No ‘daylight savings time’, I was shocked to see that the sun only rose at 8am. I started nevertheless at 6:30 or so in the darkness. Lots of traffic, no one picking me up.

Freiburg, Germany fantastic graffiti

Freiburg, Germany fantastic graffiti

Freiburg, Germany style

Freiburg, Germany style

Decided to purchase a coffee, then espresso, pretzel and the pastry. Went back to the road. Hours later, still not getting picked up, though this was the feeding point to the entrance to the autobahn several kilometers away.

Freiburg, Germany graffiti bridge art

Freiburg, Germany graffiti bridge art

Walked forward, no place for cars to stop. Asked someone if there was a gas station anywhere near this road, and was told there was one behind me, about a kilometer. Went there, still no rides. Saw some colorful graffiti, ran across the street to look at it. Then started walking down these stairs to a tunnel, and discovered loads of graffiti. I decided to myself that this was why I couldn’t leave town. I was supposed to discover this while getting stuck there.
I took pictures until my phone was almost out of space and battery.

Feeling very content with this discovery, and as the hours passed, now I was interacting more with people and just hitching from any random place along this road. I discovered the cool little mini person (puppet) swinging on a swing under the bridge. Chatted with a few people. Then a man approached, saying that he saw me that morning when he was on his way to work, and now was seeing me again after he returned from work. Having hitched himself, and knowing the difficulties of this particular town and the fact that this was mostly local traffic, he offered to drive me to a service station on the autobahn outside of town. I thanked him profusely. Turns out he had a lot of information to deliver. Said that Freiburg, years ago, was a town with a lot of squats, just like Berlin was a decade ago, but that in both towns, they’ve been cleared out, became rentals or just now not allowed to exist.

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

What I hadn’t known, is that where he dropped me off, now bypassed the place where I had mapped out that I was going to take as my route. It was a truck driver who said after I asked him and showed him my hand drawn map, that I had already passed that particular road, but that I could get off at such and such exit. It sounded like ‘German’ to me. I was inside starting to get worried, that I was going to be stuck here too, going way out of my way. But I consulted maps and found the names he spoke of.

Lots more story to tell, but I’ll just at least get these pictures out and describe more later. It was a fascinating hitchabout as far as insights into human nature and the whole gamut of types of people. It was also one in which I was stuck two nights in a row with no housing or food, and yet improvised and really enjoyed myself, even with the challenges.

Freiburg, Germany fantastic graffiti

Freiburg, Germany fantastic graffiti

I really do feel like a survivor, who can improvise and find means through creativity and resilience, to make things work, and even laugh about it. Of course, I’m not a refugee who has been forced to leave behind everything to seek a new life, nor someone who has just had my home burn down, ravaged by the exigencies of climate change. Just someone who has chosen to go on an adventure, who knows that I will bounce back into an accommodation I had planned – the workaway – host I was heading to in the south of France near Aix-en-Provence, from the host I left behind in central-southern Germany near Stuttgart.

The one I left behind was a nice learning experience, the one I’ve just surfed into is already exceeding my imagination and really fantastic. I feel very fortunate and appreciative.

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

Freiburg, Germany graffiti

carol the blogger March 24th, 2017 in New Mexico

carol the blogger March 24th, 2017 in New Mexico

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Build Bridges, Not Walls | 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Here is an arial shot tracing the former wall through the city of Berlin.

Berlin Wall Falling, falling of Berlin Wall, 25th anniversary falling of Berlin Wall

8,000 balloons in Berlin tracing the path of the former wall, which fell 25 years ago today, November 8, in 1989

I’m reposting this article in the Int’l Business Times, in which they’ve documented the 8,000 white balloons erected to trace the path of the former Berlin Wall from all different vantage points.

The light installation was developed by two artists, Christopher and Marc Bauder, set up along a 15 km (9.3 mi) stretch. The balloons were then released. One major states that they represent “Peace and Freedom”. This article has a video showing the celebration of the release of the balloons into the sky among crowd-packed streets in Berlin.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/berlin-wall-8000-white-balloons-mark-route-divisive-rampart-25th-anniversary-fall-1473693

Put into effect in 1961, the Wall was built by the German Democratic Republic – (GDR) East Germany, and remained until November 9th, 1989 – 25 years ago today. The Wall extended hundreds of miles outside of Berlin, including many towns which were part of the Eastern Bloc. One man with whom I got a ride hitchhiking while traveling through Germany, was a football coach, raised in the East. He was lucky, his profession was easily absorbed by the West. However, many of his friends who had professions and degrees, weren’t so lucky. He candidly stated that in fact the comfort and security that people of the East had – by having all of their major needs provided (education/housing/food) – lacked the incentive to keep reaching forward in their careers. For example, because of not having the push that goes along with the pressures of capitalism – to strive and succeed in competition with others – left a population somewhat resigned to complacency. [I, the author, do not condone capitalism either – as I think that it leans towards consumerism and away from a healthy cooperation between people and their environment and appreciation and respect for all living things.]

The falling of the Wall lead to Germany’s Unification Treaty that was signed on the 20th of September in 1990. I mentioned being among the celebrations of Berlin’s ‘Tag der Einheit/Unification Day’ while living in Berlin in this former blog. http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/mid-october-berlin-whirlwind-review-unification-day-festival-of-lights/

This youtube video highlighting the former Wall through Berlin features the music that is sooooo typical of Berlin’s down tempo minimalist sound! The former Wall was constructed by the Soviet empire to keep the Eastern residents under Soviet rule, from entering the West. Ironically, when I first moved to Berlin in 1995, I soon recognized that residents of each side, still held this border within. I’d ask locals who lived on each side to join me to attend an event on the other side, and found that there was a reluctance. Young residents of the former East, had resistance to go to a happening in the West those in the West snubbed going to an event in the East. Naturally, as an Ausländer, I didn’t have this Wall in my head. I was surprised that it lingered in the hearts of even the youth.

I discovered this article in the New York Times by Michael Kimmelman since posting this blog, “Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change”. It features video footage and interviews of how the light bridge was constructed. More importantly, the author talks about the expectations of how the city would change and about how the world has changed since the wall fell. He interviews a scientist and former civil rights leader of former East Germany, Jens Reich. “During those first years after the wall came down, the city was gloomy, industries were dying, communities dying,” Mr. Reich said. “Many Berliners fled to the suburbs. The elderly left. But then, unexpectedly, young people started moving into neighborhoods like mine, Prenzlauer Berg in the former East, and now children of those who left want to come back, except they can’t afford the rents because all the foreigners are driving prices up.”

The photo below is along the Spree, in a location which 15 years ago was still an empty lot with a bunch of cranes. All of this area had been bombed and flattened. The rubble since long gone, but still nothing remained. Since then, the array of government buildings were constructed, when the capital of Germany was relocated once again back to Berlin in 2000 from Bonn, Germany. This shot is fairly close to the Reichstag along the Spree river which runs through Berlin.

Balloons tracing path of former Berlin Wall along Spree river in Berlin.

among the 8,000 balloons tracing the former path of the Berlin Wall, which fell November 9th, 1989

Strangely, as this article in the LA Times points out, the far-right National Front party has gained ground in France.

Berlin Art Week | ABC Art Berlin Contemporary party | 19th September

One of Berlin Art Week’s events was the opening reception on September 19th at ABC Art Berlin Contemporary Gallery.

ABC  art berlin contemporary show Berlin Art Week

ABC
art berlin contemporary show
Berlin Art Week

ABC's addition with a touch of class cocktails in a glass

ABC’s addition with a touch of class
cocktails in a glass

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week

The crowds surged.

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week the wall…

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin Cocktail bar

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Cocktail bar

ABC art contemporary Berlin Cocktail bar

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Cocktail bar The little cocktail booth, with movers and shakers

ABC art contemporary Berlin Berlin Art Week

ABC art contemporary Berlin
Berlin Art Week

ABC building from outside


ABC building from outside

Prince Charles intricate  ceiling of light bulbs

Prince Charles intricate ceiling of light bulbs

Prince Charles back asswards

I topped off the evening by stopping at Prince Charles on Prinzenstr. 85F by Moritzplatz, which hosted a party on the same evening. Live musical acts performed adjacent to the main bar, where a glowing melange of dangling lightbulbs shifted frequencies like a repository of stars.

tweaked ceiling to expose the crowd

tweaked ceiling to expose the crowd

Event visits all happening through bike transport, naturally!

Carol the blogger, with her bicycle

Carol the blogger, with her bicycle

B e r l i n s t r e e t s e r i e s / s a t i r i c a l s t e n c i l \ d a p p e r d e s i g n

Back on Berlin’s pavements

met with surprises

comically clever

delightfully satirical

s t e n c i l

d e s i g n

g r a f f i t i

For starters, the freshly discovered ‘let’s party’ stencil series, fresh for me anyway!

Remember the night we all went to bed on time? Me neither.    Lets Party

Remember the night we all went to bed on time? Me neither. Lets Party

Have Less do More

Have Less do More Let’s Party

archives await

Berlin Mitte | Fashion Week| Graffiti | Stencils

Hugo Boss store Mitte bamboo reflection

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

Flashback!

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Silent Climate Parade

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

October 24th is the ‘Global Day of Climate Action’ organized by Bill McKibben, who’s behind 350.org.  350 ppm are the top level of particulates – carbon dioxide particles in parts per million – that can be tolerated in our atmosphere in order to reach a sustainable level, to make a dent along the global warming axis towards disaster.  We need to cap at this amount, to reverse the process, or attempt to slow it down.

Here’s an excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org’s Berlin, Germany Silent Climate Parade 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org, Silent Climate zparade,Berlin, Germany 2013, captures the essencr

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org silent climate parade Berlin, Germany 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

The impetus of the voices around the world calling attention to this is to put forth to the attendees of the Copenhagen Climate Conference glaring ahead, the need to acknowledge the importance of making a coordinated worldwide effort to reduce the number of particles contaminating the environment to a sustainable level of 350ppm.

This will be the most widespread day of political global action in world history.  4,500 events have been planned in 177 countries.  McKibben mentioned in an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”that the people of the United States “are the most addicted, and therefore most in denial” about the issue.

I’ll be attending among others the Berlin, Germany, Silent Climate Parade. Here are pics from 350 dot org Climate movements worldwide. https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/4046302796
350.org Ravers on the Boulevard Unter den Linden in Berlin, credit: Lars Borges

And by the way, this is an interesting graphic chart to wrap your thoughts around and digest:

information is beautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-gram.

By the way, here in Berlin is the last evening of the Festival of Lights, so catch it while you can.

city-stiftung-berlin.

aloha  |  Be present and share the breath | essence of life.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha

Carol

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