Did I pick the worst time to build a community?

BERLIN — It’s the morning on a train ride on the S-Bahn. Months after the first wave of the pandemic, the train carts are no longer empty like before, in fact, for the first time in weeks, I can count that there’s more humans than empty beer bottles.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved to this vibrant city, there’s no place like Berlin that encompasses so well an ironic mixture…