The Coronavirus Chronicle

The Coronavirus Chronicle #10: A VIRTUAL REINVENTION

todayMarch 31, 2020


Being a polyglot tour guide in Berlin is tough enough, but it’s impossible in the time of the pandemic when no one is traveling. Even Jan Katzmarczyk, who is no stranger to danger after working for years in Afghanistan, is finding the new COVID-19 environment challenging.

But he’s trying to look on the bright side: “There’s no rocket attacks, there’s no bombs falling. So that’s the big advantage already.”

The 48-year-old from Friedrichshain is also hoping to reinvent himself — online — with a helping hand from a government trying to protect jobs and businesses from collapse in the age of the coronavirus.

Listen below to learn how he’s doing it:

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    The Coronavirus Chronicle #10: A VIRTUAL REINVENTION Dina Elsayed

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Written by: Dina Elsayed

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