How to Berlin



Buy a monthly subway pass so can wander around without doing math and fingering robots all the time… €78. There’s a special ticket for tango dancers who promise never to go anywhere before 10am… €60/month.


Stop worrying about how to get home.  The night buses permeate.  Just go to the nearest U/S station and read the routes for each night bus.  You’ll recognize the name of a stop near you…  Free with monthly pass.

Eat another ice cream… €1.20

Barrel past the Germans’ unfriendly exterior and go California on them promptly with excessive smiles and undulating voice. They melt and bend over backwards to help you.

Avoid coffee in places without very expensive and shiny machines. In AU and NZ,  people know how to pull good coffee out of cheap machines,  here a cheap machine correlates with an incompetent barista. (If you’re feeling nostalgic for rancid burned Argentine coffee you can easily find it here.)

This machine is at The Barn in Mitte where they serve bircher muesli, long blacks, flat whites, and sell Australian keep cups.

Charge your phone.

When examining a map you will see blocks of different sizes. When calculating walking times give about 7 minutes to each long block.

Eat falafel sandwiches. They are a fine art here, healthy, satisfying, and not too filing. The best are at Dada at Oranienburg Torr… 3€


Spend 30 minutes studying the overlay of the TRAM map on the U/S map. It’s so cool! You can see from the trams, and they’re included with monthly pass.

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

I invite you to join my resolution to take a look at the dark silences of Argentine Tango in our lives. It’s time.


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