Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Comfort zone

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Photos from my time in Berlin. I had a long train trip south today to think about how nice the last two weeks were and how at home I felt there. Tonight I'm in a new apartment in a strange town where they speak a funny dialect and haven't met anyone... I'm sure I will soon enough, but for now I'm longing for the comfort of good friends, a beer and a burger (really, is there anything more comfortable than that?).

PS. If ever in Berlin, TRY the goat's cheese and onion marmalade burger at White Trash Fast Food - Schönhauser Allee 6-7, Berlin

Monday, February 18, 2013


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I don't know whether it's because Saturday nights here run well into the next morning and involve a lot of beer, or because all shops come to a stand-still on Sundays and they have nothing better to do, but Germans do breakfast exceptionally well. Thanks to my Instagram feed consisting 80% of Germans living in Berlin and Sandra Juto's excellent Berlin Guide, I knew that on this visit I had to go for breakfast at Cafe Fleury. Colourful plates presented with just the right amount of kitsch, hearty, fresh (bread still warm from the oven!),  varied - this was a real brunch, one that you knew would definitely last you till dinner and provides you with enough energy to brave a -7 degree day at Mauerpark flea market.

Cafe Fleury
20 Weinbergsweg
Berlin Mitte

Friday, February 15, 2013


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Potsdam. I love this place so much, I almost get emotional writing about it. I spent one of my happiest years here, and it really felt like coming home when I arrived at the station. I can't decide whether I'd rather live in Berlin or 25 minutes away in Potsdam. Berlin has all that nitty-gritty, raw culture. Potsdam is romantic, rich,  aesthetically pleasing.  Luckily (or unluckily?) I don't have to decide...

Since I took these photos a thick blanket of snow has covered Potsdam. I signed up for my first half-marathon in Salzburg in May (eeek) and have been going for morning jogs (in the snow) through beautiful Park Sanssouci, passing no less than three castles. Man I'm privileged. 
It's been ages since I posted anything - apart from being busy, internet has been really hard to come by. I've got so much to share and will do so as soon as I get to more reliable internet in a week or so.

Aside: I bought the High Highs' new album, Open Season, just before I left and it's been my soundtrack to walking in Potsdam's parks, train trips to Berlin and ride shares to Hamburg . It's beautiful and can really  recommend it. It's one of those albums you just have to listen to from start to finish - the tracks flow so seamlessly.