Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The solar eclipse that is about to begin over the northern hemisphere has been keeping Berlin on its toes for the past couple of days.
The eclipse-watching sunglasses (which, just to warn you, are nothing like the regular sun-specs so do to even think about watching the-moon-and-the-sun show through them!) have been long sold out and it seems that the only thing we can do to enjoy the spectacle is to a. produce our own pinhole camera, b. use a colander (explanation here) or c. go to the nearest observatory and join the approximately 1,500 other Berliners who came to see the projection of the moon´s passage.
I myself am all for trying out the pinhole camera or, alternatively, a simple cardboard paper disc with a hole in it to cast the focused shadow of the sun onto the pavement. Because arts and crafts, producing things yourself – even if it´s just a paper disc – makes you happy.
And when better to enjoy a bit of Glück that today, on International Day of Happiness?
I wish you all a wonderful first spring day, a breath-taking celestial show and at least a small surge of Glück whatever brings it around:-)
To round it off with a nice quote, here´s what one of Berlin´s greatest writers, Theodor Fontane, had to say on the matter (and he was, as always, right):
“Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second – and best – in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.”