This month I was more active than ever before in last 5 months.

My first trip out of the hospital area was a tour together with other patients and therapists to the Christmas market in Alexanderplatz in the middle of Berlin.

I definitely missed being surrounded by such traffic and the crowd. I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of different smells in the city, breathing the taste of pollution, Döner kebab and Glühwein.

I visited the Weltzeituhr which is the place to meet.

I was curving around the TV tower, trying to avoid the stairs and finally enjoying the waste amount of concrete, which makes the city accessible for me.

On the way back to Hackescher Markt I passed along my university campus which brought up a lot of memories.

Now I hate traffic lights, because they are challenges for me like a hurdles with a countdown.

F***ing Bürgersteig.

However, now I love the public transport even more. I really missed going by S-Bahn.

Back to the hospital, basically back home and just a two days later I started another trip to the Alex. Our company was celebrating Christmas in the fancy Soho House.

With a spontaneous decision to join the party, I surprised all my colleagues. Uninsured and against the advise of the doctors I had the first trip out from the hospital for more than 5 hours till late night.

My colleagues were welcoming me with applause and standing ovations, which highly motivates me to come back to the office.

There is actually a good part about being handicap and staying in the hospital. First time in my life I was not in transit to visit all my family members during the Christmas, but they were coming to visit me.

On the 24th of December I had a Christmas lunch in an Italian restaurant with my brother, mum, girlfriend and step father.

On the next day an even bigger crowd of family members came to visit me. My dad, his wife, my step sister and grandparents brought a duck and prepared a fancy table for us all.

Probably that day I had best food and drinks since my accident. I received 3kg of chocolate, 1kg meatballs and 5l of beer.

Now I am looking forward to finish this life changing year and to restart in 2018.

Guten Rutsch!


  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Jan, it’s wonderful to see you recovering and starting a new life! Great decision to join your company party spontaneously and surprise everyone! All the best, buddy!!

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