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Don’t worry, go to the Späti

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Berlin - My bicycle would not move. I hadn’t tied up the straps on my backpack, and one of them had gotten caught in the wheel and snapped off. Now, it was horribly stuck in the hub.

I spent 10 minutes pulling on the strap, trying to dislodge it. It didn’t budge. The wheel wouldn’t turn. I was stuck, and already late for dinner. I needed help.

So, with all the bike shops closed, I carried it to place where I’ve gone when I need almost anything in Berlin: my local Späti. In a few minutes, I was peddling off again.

From the moment I arrived in Berlin, about a month ago from the US, the Späti next door to my apartment has provided.

I picked up the key to my apartment from the Späti—no matter what time I arrived, the landlord told me, it would be open.

I get my coffee there in the mornings.........

© Berliner Zeitung

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