20 September 2017

The Truth about The Truth: Fabricated "Experiences"

When I was still an active member of the Jehovah's Witness cult, I used to read these magazines filled with articles that detail life experiences of other "faithful" Witnesses. They were always cheesy to read, but later on, something that struck me was that they were always somehow not verifiable at all. You know, say you have an article that argues about being faithful even in the midst of peer pressure. And then a quote from some Daniel from Costa Rica or Evelyn from Canada follows, quoting these "people" about how they were faithful even in the midst of peer pressure. At first, I just let it go, but later on, as I became more and more skeptical and wanting to verify sources, these statements eventually became major stumbling blocks that I find hard to wrap my head around.

And the funny thing is, it seems that we now have evidence pointing to the idea that the Watchtower Society actually just fabricates these things!

18 September 2017

Frolicking in Flanders: Antwerp Centraal Railway Station

I never imagined I'd be amazed by a railway station. However, Antwerp's Centraal Station actually does that. This was my first point of contact with the city, when I arrived by train from Bruges. My train terminated in Antwerp, and we used one of the rails above ground level. Later on I would learn that there are two other levels below that have rails. It really is a beautiful and technologically marvelous place.

16 September 2017

Things I Love in Berlin: The Berlin Beer Festival

There are plenty of festivals and other events in Berlin, especially during the summer, when the weather is relatively good. One of them is the Berlin Beer Festival, which according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the longest beer garden in the world. It happens during a weekend in August, in the eastern part of the city, in a stretch of a road that spans 3 metro stations. If you are a beer fan, then this place is something to visit for you.

14 September 2017

Frolicking in Flanders: The Rockoxhuis in Antwerp

Antwerp is a major political city, at least back in the days. There were powerful families that were seated there, including the Rockox family. This family produced several politicians who ruled the city, as its members belonged to the wealthy upper class. You can view the family house in Antwerp, as it is now a public museum.

12 September 2017

Sink or Swim in the Metropolis

The other day, I saw a scene in public here in Berlin which made me think. I was in the S-Bahn (commuter train) on a weekend traveling from one end of the city to the other. I was sitting in one of those 4-seater cubicles, and the remaining three seats, as well as the four seats across the aisle, all seven seats were occupied by Israelis. In the midst of them was another Israeli, which based on her equipment, was a tour guide, and she was guiding this group of 7 through the city, and they were using public transportation to move around. It was summer, so the windows were open, and she was trying to explain something to the group. So she was talking, and talking in a voice that was loud enough for everyone to hear. But apparently, she was too loud such that some elderly passenger was rather disturbed. This is where the amusing part begins.