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Just another day at my new office....

12:01am : cycling from Wedding to Neukolln with two bikes (the donated bike has a puncture) - an interesting experience with nearly catastrophic consequences.... don't worry the bikes are safe and gallivanting about Berlin all today.

Bike repairing all morning (not even one of mine!).  This resulted in getting another "fixer-upper" that I plan to use for the project. It is VERY Berlin chic. This was followed by a dropoff, then collection of a bike within 5 min of each other... I love it when a plan comes together. This is the first time that the two parties concerned were punctual and it works splendidly;-) The general lack of punctuality of other people who have requested bikes has caused me more stress than anything else.

However, the combination locks have been introduced today. Once I sort out the logistics of this system, it should prove more efficient.... Famous last words...


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