I have a cold but I also have a remedy for it

This started off as just a slice of ginger in boiling water but it’s evolved twice since then: First I decided to try camomile tea instead of just hot water to switch up the flavour a bit. My maternal grandmother always used to say there wasn’t a problem that couldn’t be solved by drinking camomile tea.

Since moving to Bonn, every time I’ve ordered a cup of camomile tea in a café, they ask me if I’d like a bit of lemon juice in. I took the plunge, it was nice and now I’ve started adding a teeny bit of lemon juice to my cold remedy mix. So basically you choose which of the three ingredients you’d like to use, add boiling water and voila, there’s your drink!

Finally, I’d like to point out that there is absolutely no science behind this; it’s just what I like drinking when I’ve got the sniffles – if your cold symptoms persist, you should probably go see your GP.

The cheapest Rhine ferry trip

I really want to go on a ferry trip down the Rhine. Or up, I’m not that concerned with the direction. However, I want to save that experience for when my family comes to visit me. I tried the next best thing, a trip on the passenger ferry.

If anyone asks, I was just testing the waters. It’s totally not because I would’ve gone sailing on the river by any means possible. Nope, definitely not the case.

I walked across the Kennedybrücke to Beuel. That side of the river is very green compared to the Bonn side, so the walk from the bridge to the ferry was particularly pleasant.

 I boarded the Rheinnixe and paid the low price of €1.10 to get shipped safely back to the side of the river I came from. I noticed you could get a monthly pass if you were a student. I’d totally do that if I studied at Universität Bonn and lived in Beuel, what a grand way to travel to university!

If it’s possible, you should travel by public transport when you go places. It helps you get a feel of what the local life is like. I’ll be honest with you, on a Thursday in September on a passanger ferry in Bonn it mostly feels like the local life consists of mothers with small children and old men.

The weather was gorgeous so all the passangers headed straight for the deck. Obviously if it had been raining everyone would’ve opted for the dry, indoor seats beneath the deck instead. At least, I know I would.

Due to the lovely weather, the trip didn’t feel long enough. I suppose that’s what I get for going across the river on a tiny boat instead of traveling downstream (or upstream, I’m not sure which way the currents flow) on one of the sightseeing ferry tours.

After too few minutes the boat landed and I had to disembark. Later that day I saw another passenger ferry, the one that leaves from Bad Godesberg. No idea where it actually goes beyond ‘to the other side of the river’. I was on the city bus tour at the time so I regrettably haven’t gone on that one yet.

MS Rheinnixe
Intersection of Brassertufer and Erste Fährgasse (Bonn side)
Intersection of Hans-Steger-Ufer and Steinerstraße (Beuel side)

I found a Bonn book tower

I’ve slightly touched on book towers before and I am still a big fan of them. However, they can also be used in the opposite way of what I alluded to in the previous post. Instead of being recipients of books, they can also be givers. This is particularly handy if you’re an unpaid intern temporarily living abroad but I think most people would agree that free books are a pretty good thing.

I found such a tower close to Poppelsdorf Palace. I had some hours to kill due to Bonn’s museums having strange opening hours and decided to take a look at the selection offered. Since I hadn’t seen any cats in Bonn, I decided to take the English book with a cat on the front cover; A Street Cat Named Bob.

Have you read the book? He’s quite some cat! It was an easy read so I returned it to the tower a couple of hours later so someone else could enjoy it. I would like to point out that there’s no way its title isn’t inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. They’re vastly different stories though.

I noticed a set of German-English dictionaries in the tower as I put the book back. I contemplated taking them but decided to think about whether I really needed them or not. I mulled over it for a couple of days and then went back for them. Unfortunately for me, someone else had swiped them.

However, lady luck was on my side and I found a different one which is only one volume, thereby making it easier to bring places. It’s currently hanging out on my shelf next to the few German books I have.

Book tower
Poppelsdorfer Allee, 53115 Poppelsdorf

German taxi app

I went to Berlin for NYE 2013. We stayed in the Schöneberg part, close to Nollendorfplatz which I would definitely recommend. Ultimately, there came a time when we had to head back to Denmark – this always happens at the end of a holiday – and as such, we had to book a cab. I had contemplating calling a company and ordering a car for the next morning but having smartphones and all, I downloaded an app instead:

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As you can see, the app is called taxi.eu. In theory (or at least, according to the developers) this app should also work in Copenhagen. I am probably not going to test that out because taxis are – as are most other things – very expensive here. The concept is simple, the app locates where you are and you order a taxi:

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20140106-014844 pm.jpgAs you might be able to see from the last two screenshots, you can see how far away your lift is while you wait. I enjoy those kinds of features for some reason.