I’m working in the outskirts of Berne, the capital of Switzerland. So I commute approximately 3 hours per day. First I walk to the bus-station. Then I ride the bus to the train station. After that I ride the RBS (it’s a train) to Berne. It takes about 35 – 40 minutes. This doesn’t seem long. But it’s a long ride when you have too much fluid in your body (and feel an urgency…) or aren’t in the mood to listen to early birds chatting about nonsense. I usually read the free daily newspaper “20 Minuten” ( English. “20 Minutes”) . Okay, usually I start with the crossword and later go through the rest. This newspaper is more like a doughnut with lots of sugar and fat (news about celebrities, horoscope, some comics I find very boring and some “important news”, too) than like a healthy meal. But hey! At least it’s free 😉 .
I try to solve the crossword using my left hand rather than using my right, “the right”, hand. I read a book called “train your brain” (ISBN-10: 3453600649 , ISBN-13: 978-3453600645 , I think there’s only a German version right now…) by Rüdiger Gamm. He’s called “The Human Calculator”. He can do unbelievable calculations in his head. In the book he writes what you can do for having a good memory and a well-oiled brain. It’s not only about memorizing techniques and nutrition but also about “brain synchronisation”. E.g. do things you usually do with your right hand with your left hand (writing, brushing your teeth, etc … but he says you should avoid shaving with the “wrong” hand because that can get bloody 😉 ) to activate those brain hemispheres. So that’s is why I’m solving the crossword with my left hand in the train. Even if it doesn’t make me smarter it’s still cool to be able to write with the “wrong” hand and better than learning nothing in the train.