berlin: harbingers

Posted on April 4, 2006

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by michael scott moore 

Every year, spring in Berlin seems to arrive during a mutually-agreed-on week, when restaurants and bars decide (maybe in secret committee) that it’s now "warm enough" to put tables and chairs back on the sidewalk and relieve
the people of their great winter deprivation — the near-total lack of places to smoke and drink outdoors.

The other event that seems to occur in exactly the same week is the dispersal of rental bikes by the German rail service. ("The only good thing Deutsche Bahn has ever done," according to one reliable source.) These can be rented with a cell phone and a bank card and pedaled all around the city — something Berliners and tourists both love to do — which means the bikes are parked in orderly rows like this only during the first week of spring.

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