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My Berlin: Chinese-Canadian Commonwealth War Grave

Above/featured: Cemetery view facing west, from the shelter building to the Stone of Remembrance, Cross of Sacrifice, and Terrace in the distance (WCL-X70: 14/21mm).

There’s a presence from western Canada buried in eastern Germany.

In Vancouver, Canada, the H.Y. Louie family has long been a part of the Chinese-Canadian community and the overall merchant community. Their current business holdings include the London Drugs chain of stores and the IGA grocery-store chain; both are recognized and known throughout greater Vancouver.

One member of the family is resting permanently 8000 kilometres away in Berlin, Germany. After learning about this, an important goal in a return to the German capital city is to visit the cemetery where Q.J. Louie is buried and pay respects at his grave. It has never been a matter of if, but when I return to Berlin.

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21 for 21: Foto(ein)s for 2021

Above/featured: U2 train departing Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten station – 28 November 2021.

I look back at an eventful 2021 year with 21 images with personal questions about how impending- and actual-loss affect how life proceeds beyond death, and how feelings of real belonging are different from feelings of a proper home.


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Berlin: a quick 8000-km jaunt home during the pandemic

Above/featured: S-Bahn station Messe Nord/ICC – 27 Nov 2021 (X70).

I’m going home to Berlin, for the 1st time in 4 years.

To travel at all, and to go international, is a big privilege; I’m grateful for the window of opportunity.

After a long gruelling emotional 2020 year taking care of an elderly parent at home with cancer and accompanying them safely to their final days, I’m desperate to get outta Vancouver for a break. But another 9 months pass before the largest roadblock to travel is dissolved. At the end of October 2021, the Canadian government releases a digital vaccination certificate suitable for domestic and international travel. Within a week, I have a set itinerary using credits from a cancelled trip.

The following describes plans and unconventional sights for Berlin, Germany over 11 days in the 2nd-half of November 2021. As case counts change and situations evolve at both ends, travellers must remain vigilant with extra preparation and adapt to changing policies, protocols, and requirements by different countries for visitors, ensuring safe and smooth travel, out and back. I go over all guidelines supplied by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and the city state of Berlin.

I’m not going to lug my DSLR camera and extra glass for this quick trip. Instead, I’ll only use my 340-gram (12-ounce) compact fixed-lens camera. In all respects, it’s a big weight off my shoulders.


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Grillplatz, Tempelhofer Feld, Flughafen Tempelhof, THF, Tempelhof, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, four

(Autumn in Berlin, 4 of 4.)

After the Soviet Union had closed and cut off all ground-based supply routes in 1948 to West Berlin, Tempelhof Airport (THF) became the focal point for providing a lifeline between West Germany and West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Tempelhof continued operating as an airport until 2008.

The former airfield is now well-used by Berliners as a beloved green space in the “middle of the city.” A part of the vast flat grassy areas includes a large area for grilling; I had imagined bumper-to-bumper grills with little battery-operated fans blowing out wafts to tempt passers-by.

I made the photo above on 19 Oct 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/4.5, ISO200, and 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ltm.

Tegel airport, TXL, Runway 08R/26L, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, three

(Autumn in Berlin, 3 of 4.)

It’s a beautiful clear Sunday afternoon with that distinctive sharp chill in the late-autumn air. I hop on the U6 metro north in anticipation of photographing a few small planes at Tegel (Otto-Lilienthal) airport. A look around the metro station shows me an ideal out of the way location. In the image above, I’m facing west towards runway 08R/26L, watching planes directly overhead on their final approach to TXL airport.

With the long-awaited opening of the BER Berlin-Brandenburg airport at the end of October 2020, operations ceased at Tegel airport with one last flight a few weeks later. The airport was officially decommissioned in May 2021.

I made the photo above on 7 Dec 2014 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lte.

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