Niall&Lisa live in Berlin.

Once upon a time a boy and a girl moved to Berlin to live happily ever after.

Niall goes to the späti on Skype so I don’t have to put a shoe on my axed foot. ♥

Happy St. Valentine’s Day.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day.

Last night we finally realised who we really are.

Last night we finally realised who we really are.

This is where I walked this afternoon.
Another lovely sunny winter’s day but it was bloomin’ cold; the canal is mostly frozen.
It  was nice to go to a part of Treptow I’d not been to before, that’s the  lovely thing about walking, you notice so much more. I’d not seen the  Sowjetisches Ehrenmal before either; apparently it’s the largest Russian  war cemetery and memorial outside of Russia.
Next time, I’m taking my camera.

This is where I walked this afternoon.

Another lovely sunny winter’s day but it was bloomin’ cold; the canal is mostly frozen.

It was nice to go to a part of Treptow I’d not been to before, that’s the lovely thing about walking, you notice so much more. I’d not seen the Sowjetisches Ehrenmal before either; apparently it’s the largest Russian war cemetery and memorial outside of Russia.

Next time, I’m taking my camera.


This is where I walked this  afternoon; it’s lovely to just be able to follow a landform like the  canal and know that you’re heading home.
Today is a beautiful day, I’m grateful that I’m able to enjoy it.
Winter sun is my favourite kind of sun.

This is where I walked this afternoon; it’s lovely to just be able to follow a landform like the canal and know that you’re heading home.

Today is a beautiful day, I’m grateful that I’m able to enjoy it.

Winter sun is my favourite kind of sun.

With Hugo at the Bärenquell Brauerei, July 2011

Abandoned DDR Brewery, Berlin.

-Diana Mini, no flash.


This is a great little thing to sign up to.

This website emails you a a recommendation daily with a special big one for the weekend with cool things that are going on in the city.

When there is so much happening and every wall is ten posters deep, it’s easy to miss the interesting events but this is a super eye opener. The only problem is I guess that what they do promote becomes very popular and hence also impossible to attend.

Definitely worth subscribing too though.

I went last week to the Tomás Saraceno exhibition; Cloud Cities, at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart.

It is brilliant and I recommend any one who is in Berlin to see it before it closes on the 15th of January next year. I loved the way that the geometric, albeit fluid shapes interact with the incredible space that is the main hall; still clearly visible as it’s former use housing for the main train platforms.

You can also go inside two of the larger structures and in these you can really grasp that feeling of weightless utopia that is the main theme behind this work.

There is also lots and lots of other amazing exhibitions on at the same time, the programme for the Hamburger Bahnhof seems to be enormous and I spent five hours or so in there, not seeing all of it.

Another favourite of mine was Architektonika; a collection of work shown from many different artists, all of which have some connection or relationship to architecture.

I was thrilled to see work there by Gordon Matta-Clark who is one of my absolute favourites.

Go go go!

leiwandesk:

Berlin SO36: Treptower Brücke, Kreuzberg, 1982 und 2006

Schön war die Zeit, als die Welt noch in Ordnung war -

West-Berlin in pictures #74:

Berlin SO36: Treptow Bridge, 1982 and 2006

(Source: west-berlin, via bruut-deactivated20131208)

Mitfahrgelegenheit

I want to mention briefly a great scheme here in Germany called Mitfahrgelegenheit. It exists in other countries too but I don’t know of any one in Britain who would use it, which is a real shame.

It’s a brilliant ride sharing scheme and I used it this weekend to visit a dear friend in Münster. Usually a return train ride would cost €120+ but I paid €25 each way to be driven and met some really nice people along the way.

It’s safe and I had a super experience. It makes so much sense; if you’re driving alone you can get a bit of company and some fuel money and if you need to get somewhere there’s a very good chance that someone is already going when you are!

I managed to speak quite a lot of German too and the guys who drove me were very patient and I had a fun time with all of them.

I highly recommend it and I’m so glad I finally ventured out of Berlin!

Next on the list; Hamburg, Dresden (hiya Libeskind museum extension), Dessau (yo, Bauhaus) and Potsdam (palace heaven but I think for a day trip I can get the train)

Mitfahrgelegenheit has an English part of their website so I’ll be interested to see if I can use it when I’m back in Ol’ Blighty.

Peace out. x

Watergate:

Good music, great view, nice club but wanky people.

A shame.

Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.


I am very excited to try to do as many of these as possible tomorrow.

In addition to the massive American Apparel warehouse clearance sale thing that’s going on.

Yay for Corduroy Day!

Burgermeister

OK, there’s something that we really haven’t mentioned on here, and that’s the glory that is Burgermeister.

Located underneath the impossibly named Schlesisches Tor U-Bahnhof (even real life Germans have trouble pronouncing it) it serves some of the best cheese fries I’ve ever eaten.

Mine and Niall’s favourite place to eat, I think we’ve taken every visitor we’ve had there and have probably eaten every thing on the menu between us.

I took delight in trying the tofu burger and my god was it good. Listed on The Guardian’s 10 best budget eats, it’s not just us that thinks it’s a killer. Cheap, fast and open late, they have some very uncomfortable high bars to sit on, but some easier wee stools too if you can grab them.

You can imagine our dismay coming back from a night out at 9am however, to find that it was indeed shut.