Welcome, and thank you for stopping by at my blog! My name is Patrick Dembinski, and - especially after attending ICC2014 (more on that later) - I like to travel around, enjoying my independence! My original location is Stade, a small city near Hamburg in the north of Germany; but eversince 2007, I have been … Continue reading Introduction
Actually, this was supposed to be my 3rd new year’s eve in Belgium if I wouldn’t have got sick last year. Anyway, just as in 2017-2018, we celebrated NYE in a camping house in Roeselare and, together with some friends from Germany and the UK, spent a few more days in Gent… I already went … Continue reading NYE #2 in Belgium
During the course of my internship, a lot of friends asked me one question in particular: “Do you miss Marburg?” Well, the honest answer is “Not as much as I thought”. Although I know Marburg longer and better than Hamburg, it astonished me how quickly I got familiar to my new surroundings and how confident … Continue reading Internship Conclusion
Since August 13th, I have been living in Hamburg and started to familiarize myself with the new surroundings and people. Although Hamburg is not known to be "the city of the blind" like Marburg, I discovered a lot of ways that make life easier, some of which do not yet exist in Marburg... Public transport … Continue reading Some remarks about Hamburg
This is the English version of an article for the Team-Usability project about the accessibility of the FlixBus booking process. Hier gehts zur deutschen Version... Especially for people who cannot or are not allowed to drive their own vehicle due to their impairment, public transport is usually an indispensable part of their everyday life. In … Continue reading The website of FlixBus in practise test
Of course, I also take advantage of the Couchsurfing and the Meet Up community, which is very huge in Hamburg; sometimes events are advertised on both platforms. I met most of the new people and friends at a weekly Couchsurfing meeting taking place at Kosmos, a cozy bar in St. Pauli. On that day, the … Continue reading Couchsurfing and Meetups in Hamburg
Last weekend, I took advantage of FlixTrain for the first time together with a companion which booking process is a little different in comparison to bookings of Deutsche Bahn tickets. For those who don't know: FlixMobility GmbH first introduced FlixBus with a large fleet of long-distance buses operating on plenty of national and international routes. … Continue reading My first FlixTrain experiences
Hey everyone! A little while ago, I posted an article in which I compared 3 ridesharing-services, one of which was MOIA. Back then, a lot of MOIA’s features in their app were inaccessible for both VoiceOver and TalkBack users. Booking a ride, for instance, was only possible by suspending VoiceOver/TalkBack and doing a swipe-gesture somewhere … Continue reading MOIA accessibility improvements
Hello travelers! the HORUS, a magazine by the German association for blind and visually impaired people in studies and occupation (DVBS) covers different topics and is published four times a year. One of their main topics in this year's 2nd edition was the media mix in the 21st century and it features an article of … Continue reading I wrote an article for the HORUS magazine
On Tuesday, August 13th, I successfully moved into my room in Hamburg! Fortunately, because although the first day of my internship went very smooth, the departure back to Stade was exhausting… as if God wanted to tell me "You see? That's why you should move to Hamburg as soon as possible"! Due to technical issues … Continue reading Moved to Hamburg successfully!
With this post, I try to catch up with what happened in the past few weeks before my internship which, from yesterday on, has already begun. I started writing this post a little earlier, long before my internship started, so here we go, better late than never… My internship is getting closer and closer and … Continue reading Making progress…
This is a top 3 comparison of some of the most popular taxi and ridesharing services I came across so far… #1: FREE NOW (MYTAXI) According to the website, Mytaxi (now “FREE NOW”) is available in over 100 cities in 9 European countries. However, although certain cities might not be listed, you might still be … Continue reading Comparison of ridesharing services
I‘m Luana, a friend of Patrick‘s. (...) In February, I got back in touch with a former classmate of mine, Luca, who is spending a year working in Canada and invited me to visit him. Catching up with an old friend and doing my first overseas journey was a combination I certainly couldn‘t miss out on.
Vibrating belts, a pair of vibrating shoes... good lord, even our clothes become more and more multifunctional! Together with some colleagues from work, I visited the Sightcity on May 10th and there are a couple of technology improvements and companies I came across. KAPSYS is a company specialized in accessible cellphones for blind and … Continue reading Visiting the Sightcity on may 10th, 2019
One little gadget I already own since January is the DotWatch by DotIncorporation I actually already stumbled upon last year at the Sightcity; however, I just didn't notice it all the way until one of my colleagues demonstrated it to me. The DotWatch comes with two buttons, two touch-sensors and a crown to access and … Continue reading Some thoughts about the DotWatch
Of course, I didn’t leave a suitcase in Berlin but actually, I wanted to find a better title for this post than „A short trip to Berlin“ and this German saying was the first and so far only thing that came to my mind, so there we are. 😉 Also, this song expresses how nice … Continue reading “Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin…”
I'm sorry, chaps, I've obviously been following BBC's radio comedy "Cabin Pressure" too much... Anyway, Moritz and I have indeed been to Zurich this weekend to catch up with Marcus where we met some of his friends and checked out different places, typical Swiss products and Swiss food. We came in by train on Friday … Continue reading This weekend: Zurich!
audiolog2019-04-07.m4a Pawel talks about his visit in Marburg and interesting things we came across.
Does that sound familiar to you? For those who read my article which concerns my internship at DIAS in 2016, it probably does. This time though, it is a four-months internship and, in a nutshell, this means that I am going to stay and get myself organized in another city for four months on my … Continue reading Got an internship and a place to stay in Hamburg!
episode3-2.mp3 In this episode I would like to introduce you to Robert, my Couchsurfing host during my stay in London. I recorded a little interview with him concerning his experiences hosting me and, last but not least, I can finally share some audio material I have recorded when Robert was showing me around the city.
On Febuary 1st this year, Deutsche Bahn's mobility service center (MSZ) has discontinued their support for certain public transport companies, so handicapped travelers had to contact those companies directly in order to arrange assistance. Fortunately though, eversince March 21st, the MSZ started supporting all the public transport companies, so we can, once again, fully rely … Continue reading Positive change of Deutsche Bahn’s MSZ regulations
We have a saying in Germany: "Die schönsten Geschichten schreibt das Leben" and I can definitely confirm that life comes up with the most beautiful stories. At least as far as this weekend is concerned, I had a really awesome time visiting good old friends for a small reunion in good old Belgium! The only … Continue reading A short trip to Belgium on broken trains