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  • Day4

    Berlin - Iouri, photos and carrots

    April 1 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    De nouveau à Berlin pour 2 petits jours. On est accueilli chez Iouri rencontré il y a 2 ans à Nachtdigital et qui fait désormais partie de la famille (wesh Jojo). Il n'a plus son legging léopard et son totem lanterne à paillettes, mais il conserve toute sa bonne humeur.

    Iouri nous amène au Holzmarkt, un complexe alternatif au bord de la spree, créé par l'équipe du club Kater Blau là où se situait le Bar25, légendaire club techno fermé en 2009. Dans ce lieu, se côtoient une crèche, des appartements avec vue sur la rivière, un studio de musique, une troupe de théâtre, un restaurant, une pâtisserie, une maison d'édition, une société de production cinématographique, un caviste, un bar en plein air ou encore des installations en bois pour se poser et boire une bière au bord de l'eau. Le lieu se veut un village urbain, durable et alternatif. Le compromis idéal pour le clubbeur en fin de vie, qui dépasse la trentaine et envisage une existence rangée mais pas trop.

    Mardi, lendemain de veille, on monte sur nos vélos et on roule jusqu'au C/O Berlin. On y découvre le travail de Boris Mikhailov, photographe Ukrainien, à travers une exposition intitulée : "Before sleeping, after drinking".

    Debout dans un parc se tiennent un homme et une femme le visage et le corps marqués par la vie. Ils ont le regard troublé par l'alcool, l'homme est torse nu et tient un poisson par la queue, la femme porte un châle bleue sur la tête et une bouteille a la main. On devine la mise en scène mais l'état de dégradation des corps est telle que la misère est criante de vérité. Boris Mikhailov ne prend pas de belles photos, il documente la vie de ceux qui se sont fait écraser par le soviétisme. À mi-chemin entre anthropologisme et voyeurisme certaines images en sont mêmes dérangeantes. On comprend que le photographe a payé pour que ces pauvres gens se dénudent, exposent leurs maladies et leur misère dans un acte ultime de prostitution qui leur retire toute dignité humaine. On s'interroge alors sur le rôle de l'artiste qui devient acteur de l'humiliation pour mieux la dénoncer.

    Notons que Boris Mikhailov s'est toujours dédié aux exclus de la société, c'est l'un des chroniqueurs les plus importants de la vie post-soviétique. A 80 ans, son œuvre est désormais reconnu dans le monde entier et a été notamment exposée à New York, Londres, Berlin où encore Vienne.

    On finit la journée par un peu d'escalade dans une salle de bloc qui vibre au son de la techno minimale, impossible ici d'oublier que l'on est à Berlin.

    Le soir avec Iouri : une flûte de pan, un harmonica, une guitare, une maracas et 3 voix. La chanson "Just carrots" sortira prochainement :).
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  • Day3

    Berlijn dag 1,5: Mauer und Mitte

    March 1 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    's Morgens een hartig ontbijt gegeten in ons hotel. Onze eerste bestemming was Bernauer straße met de U-bahn waar een monument en museum gewijd is aan de Berlijnse muur. Veel uitleg over de continue uitbreiding van de muur en de impact op de bevolking. We hadden bet moeilijk om te bevatten dat dit echt gebeurd is en zelfs geduurd heeft tot 2 jaar voor wij geboren werden.

    Vervolgens de S-bahn genomen naar de East Side Gallery. Hier is er ook een groot stuk muur met een museum dat zich focust op de Koude Oorlog en de spanningen die bijna WO III ontketende. Het visuele karakter van de tentoonstelling was zeer pakkend. Onvoorstelbare toestanden die eigenlijk nog maar goed 30 jaar geleden eindigden. Er was een reeks beelden tegen het einde van de expositie die over het vallen van de muur ging, hiervan waren we erg onder de indruk. De opluchting bij de bevolking was echt voelbaar.

    Om even te bekomen hebben we ons onder de hipsters gemengd in Michelberger hotel. Hier werden we aangesproken door een kerel die ons Görlitzer Park aanraadde: 'a rough but beautiful park'
    Na onze linzen en gerookte makreel staken we de brug over richting het park. De concentratie graffiti en aanplaksels was héél hoog daar. Een leuke afwisseling was het dikke huisdier eekhoorntje met zijn eigen gevelhokje. Eenmaal aangekomen aan het schmutzig uitziend park werden we heel vriendelijk gevraagd of 'we iets nodig hadden', waar we even vriendelijk voor bedankten. Tijdens onze koffiepauze in Annelies (opnieuw een hippe keet) besloten het toch elders te gaan zoeken. Allee, niet 'het' maar onze weg voort te zetten richting Mitte (aka het centrum).

    Met de fiets zijn we langs de Berliner highlights gefietst. Tothiertoe was Berlijn geen "mooie" stad maar zeker wel indrukwekkend. De historische landmarks (Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, Gerdarmenmarkt,...) konden ons echter zeker bekoren. Daarna even bekomen van onze dag in het hotel in afwachting van ons fancy diner, alsook terug wat opgewarmd.

    Onze dag afgesloten met een 8 gangen tasting menu in een Japans restaurant. Inclusief paired sake tasting uiteraard! Reeds bij het binnenwandelen, wisten we dat er ons een bijzondere avond te wachten stond. Je daalt af in een mysterieus verlichte kelder en waant je in een binnenhof in Tokyo, compleet met houten hokjes waar je in private sfeer kan dineren achter het bamboo rolluikje. Kanpai!
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  • Day2

    Boxenstop

    June 17, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Vom Reichstag ging es dann wieder Richtung Hotel, die Füße begannen allmählich an zu qualmen. Auf den Weg dorthin haben wir am Potsdamer Platz einen kleinen Boxenstop eingelegt und haben ein Radler, Baguette und Salat zu uns genommen.

    Im Hotel angekommen, wurden erstmal die armen Füße versorgt😀.

  • Day38

    A short night and Berlin in a Fugue

    September 7, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    640 flight from Manchester to Berlin, what could go wrong.
    Early night as we planned to be up at 3:50.
    Well for some reason it was 1:10 and then:I’ll get up soon, are you still awake as well, is it almost time to get up, is it light outside.
    Eventually 3:50 came and we went.
    Manchester Terminal 1 the home of the low cost airline was it’s usual absolutely packed self with security to match.

    Friday is national UK “lets fly to any localtion that’s not here day” and every type of citizen gets to dress inappropriately and move in swarms.
    One of the best was the collection of grannies with matching purple tee shirts and individualised texts on the front.
    The lady with “Cheeky Tits” was someones probably someones grandmother !!!!! Fortunately none of the Hens Parties were on our plane. Pity the Spanish.

    Eventually made Berlin but the day was gettinga little long.

    Mark was obviously trying to apologies for the second half of the trip as the accommodation is the size of our grannyflat and in a Newtown/Paddington cross type of area. That means quite hip but upmarket. That means bits of grot but you still pay the premium.

    Wlak around for a a couple of hours in jet lagged like fog, eat Vietnamese form across the road for a 3pm lunch, see a Church, some more walking, more fog, shop for a dinner at home and very early night.

    It is believed that Bernadette managed to sleep standing up at one stage.

    We are definitely not bouncing back these days.

    Berlin very nice, loe rise, very flat ( a good thing ) and hopefully will be clearer on Saturday.
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  • Day41

    Retracing some Steps.

    September 10, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Back to the Brandenburg Gate because we forgot to see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
    You should google it as any photos that we might take are insufficient to convey the size and feel.
    It consists of x concrete stelae of different heights arranged in rows and rows and rows.
    The museum was closed. Monday is museum rest day all over Berlin.

    Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) [2][3] site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 metres (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 metres (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres (7.9 in to 15 ft 5.0 in).[2] They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew.[4][5] An attached underground "Place of Information" (German: Ort der Information) holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.[6] Wikipedia
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  • Day16

    Reaching the Finish Line of Day 16

    July 10, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Well it has certainly been a jam packed first full day in Berlin, it feels like we have run a marathon! Folke has been an excellent guide and has given us a lovely overview of Berlin and from my earlier instalments you can see how much we saw and did and we walked a lot!

    After the Olympic Stadium we caught the train back to the city and walked around Museumsinsel (museum island) to get an overview on the options available for the coming days. It was a lovely evening to be exploring the area with many people out and about having dinner outside, which is normally what I would prefer but because in Germany you can smoke outside in restaurants it makes it an unpleasant experience. We are so fortunate in Australia to have smoke free restaurants and cafés. It was also the World Cup and the game was between France and Belgium and so there were many people in bars crowded around TV’s watching the match.

    We had dinner at a lovely German restaurant called 1840 where Ian had German Meatballs, Angus and Folke had Roast Chicken and I had Pork Schnitzel - everything was delicious. We then had a bit of a stroll through Hackescher Markt through some of the lovely streets before catching the train and tram home for a rest as tomorrow Folke has another big day planned with a fairly early start.
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  • Day1099

    Berlin - 1st time!! Loved it!!

    March 16, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Visited Berlin for my birthday and wow what a city! It’s basically a 2-4-1 when it comes to it, east side and west side, both completely different and both so amazing! The Food, beer, culture, history and the people are awesome. Such an easy city to get around and there’s history on every corner and some of the best kebabs can be found here!!Read more

  • Day14

    To the bar and back.

    June 6, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This morning we got up and went out to see the city.

    First stop was parliament... that is only after we figured out how to use the public transit system. It is soooo complicated!! There are the S and the U line which are ran by different companies, then there's the train and all the buses. Oh god. It's a nightmare looking at the map.

    Parliament was such a beautiful building and as you can imagine, tons of police around.

    Next stop was the Brandenburg gate. It is the only remaining gate through which people used to enter Berlin. It was built between 1788 and 1791. It was used as entrance into East Berlin in the Cold War. When the Nazis came to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was damaged but not destroyed during World War II. The governments of East Berlin and West Berlin restored it but it was closed when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. The gate was in the middle of the death strip. Unfortunately we couldn't get super up close to see it because there was an international gymnastics competition going on (they were everywhere).

    Next stop: Victory Tower Column. It was built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 metres (27 ft) high and weighing 35 tonnes.

    Next stop: Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was Berlin's best known crossing point between West and East Berlin near by the inner Berlin sector boundary between 1961 and 1989. When we got there, I was a little insulted. They had 2 fake US army soldiers standing outside... not only were they smoking but they were standing there and posing with people for pictures for money. What happened in the Cold War was absolutely horrible. I found seeing that completely disgraceful. We took pictures from behind without them in it.

    Next stop: Alexanderplatz. It is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. The Fernsehturm was intended as both a symbol of communist power and of Berlin. It remains the latter today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. (The pointy tower that looks incredibly similar to the CN tower)

    Next stop: Berlin Cathedral. We didn't go in but the outside was spectacular. (Picture of me in front of the water fountain with the cathedral in the back)

    Next stop: Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip"). During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. In the metro systems, they sealed off tunnels so that east Berliners couldn't get across to the west. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990. (It was super emotional to be there and actually touch the wall or what's left of it). They have photos of those who lost their lives trying to escape at the official site of the Berlin Wall. All throughout the city they have markings on the ground where the wall used to run. The part of the Berlin Wall that we were at was a cemetery. Victims of world war 2 were buried there. They were drug up when they built the Berlin Wall. There are crosses on site commemorate those victims. All in all, it makes me realize how great of a life I have and how fortune I am. It makes all my problems seem inexistant. (This is why i love to travel. Eye openers like this)

    So after all this and walking about 16km we headed back to the hostel (also cause it was raining). We sat in the room for a little until we decided to go downstairs and have a beer..... or a couple. We played some drinking games then decided to take on pool. Turns out, I'm really horrible. I hit one of the balls right off the table and across the whole bar. Hehe oops.

    Life lesson still not achieved: DONT DRINK AND PACK
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  • Day13

    I see you

    June 5, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    This morning we got up and backed our bags for Germany!!

    Our flight wasn't until the evening so we checked our bags at the train station (close to city centre) and walked around some more before heading out.

    It was raining all day in Bergen so we walked quickly in and out of shops trying to keep out of the rain.

    We went through the fish market again and to see if we could try some brown cheese. It is sweet, fatty brown cheese made from goats milk. We found a place that would give us a piece to try. I took the worlds smallest bit & I couldn't keep a straight face. It was by far that nastiest cheese I've ever tasted. I actually felt my stomach tightening as if I was getting ready to puke... the worst part is that the taste lingers in your mouth.

    We grabbed our bags and took the tram to the airport (yes Kaylee fell asleep again)

    I managed to find my mini bottle of Norways famous Akvavit in the duty free shop. We charged our phones before boarding our flight. Getting on, there were 2 middld aged men who were WASTED. I bet that they would be sitting right next to us& guess what... yup the row across. As soon as we took off, they fell asleep and didn't wake up again until we landed.

    We got off the plane and connected to wifi to try and get directions to our hostel. We found a bus that would bring us almost to the front door... I asked a worker where we could find the bus & then he began to tell us we we're looking at the wrong airport on our map.... stupid us. We were at a different airport that was across the city from us. We ended up taking the train to Berlin city centre (FOR 3.40€!!!!! So cheap omg!!! Train tickets for everyone)

    When we were on the train, half way, we stopped in the middle of the track & someone whispered "I see you" in a super creepy voice. I got so scared my eyes started tearing up. 😂😂😂

    Fast forward to our hostel which is right downtown, we checked in. We have our own room with a shower & a shared bathroom. We quickly dropped off our stuff, got changed & went to get some food (THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD)

    We had a döner kabob and a 0.5L beer for 5€ YASSSSSssssss.

    Back to the hostel to do some laundry in the sink & get to bed 😴
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