Week from Oct 29 to Nov 4

Somehow starting into November also means starting into the most difficult month of the year. I bet you know it all (in central to Northern Europe): the warmth has gone but the real cold not yet arrived. You gain an hour during the last weekend in October due to the change of time, but what do you gain if you have to get up in the dark to go to work in the coming weeks and when you finish work, it will be dark again.

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Of course it happened as it should have been expected. Last week Monday I did not feel too well and stayed at home for fear of my catching a virus. Hanna had a court appointment as a (reserve) lay judge, so that I thought that I did not even could enjoy her company being forced (or able) to stay in Berlin. Fortunately the case (about corruption) ended in a deal, so that she was back rather soon. From next year Hanna will move from reserve to regular qand then will have to go to court more often. Well, usaually I am not at home anyway.

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Tuesday I still did not feel well enough to go to Hamburg. And in the evening Hanna as well had to lie down. But the preventve measures obviously had worked as neither Hanna nor I showed further symptoms during the next days.

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Wednesday I went to Hamburg yet, due to the lack of symptoms. Wednesday and afterwards Thursday were strange days for me. Wednesday was Reformation Day, a day which was not a holiday during my school time, but everyone in school together went to church that day. In the meantime this day has become a symbol for some loss many of us “Westerners” had with reunification. We lost a holiday in November (Repentance Day) while some of the “new Länder” took the opportunity to declare the 31st of october a public holiday. I had to go to Hamburg however, especially as I had an appointment on Thursday with one of the professors at the university.

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Again I was confronted with the German holiday situation. AllSaint’s Day it was, a holiday not only in Brussels with the European Commission, but also in the southern parts of our Federal Republc. However, neither in Hamburg nor in Berlin. Maybe someone should start a scientific study concerning the fact that the German Länder with the most public holidays, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, are also those with the strongest economoies. Just chance?

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When walking to the university I had the impression to watch a live crime story: On the main road just about 300yards from our office a dark van was block by three heavy limousines with flashing blue lights on their roofs. 2 persons first had their hands against the van and afterwards were being handcuffed. Those shackling them were in civilian clothes, just one or two had warning vests with POLICE written on them. But most noticable was that all policemen were wearing balaclavas, so that I instinctively looked for photographers or TV teams. However, I did not see any.

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Thursday night I took the train back to Berlin as I had booked a car for Friday morning. Originally we had planned to to drive towards Karlsruhe for the birthday of Hanna’s cousin. But we did not have the southern holiday mentioned above, which meant that it would have been slightly exhausting for me, not only for Hanna. Therefore we had chenged our plans and took Dagmar and Hans-Peter for dinner, something we had planned for two years now. But that never worked out as Dagmar became seriously ill. Now it was posiible and all loved the evening.

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During the weekend we cancelled all plans for excursions and similar and just chilled, as one say in modern lingo. But probably that is one of the best things to do in November anyway.

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