So many events, so much happened, so much to remember…
This summer was filled to the brim with dates and meetings and events. From June to the middle of September we hadn’t had one free weekend without a date. Full of life: beautiful, fun and stuffed with excitement. Full of people, places and memories. I want to remember:
one new car
two weeks of vacation: one of them with a couple of friends, one filled with traveling and visiting friends and family
10 cities visited
countless hours in our car on the road
2 birthday parties (one was our own)
our own birthdays, just three days apart
more than 10.000 photos
100 people met, some new, some old
one big health issue
several big events that took our breath away and made us happy
What a summer!
On Sunday my boyfriend and I finally visited the famous East Side Gallery in Berlin. Sursprisingly the weather was beautiful sunny although very cold, the weather report had told it would be gray and rainy. Thankfully it was wrong. Therefore we drove with our bicycles to the beginning of the gallery and walked it down to the red Oberbaumbrücke.
The art on the official side was impressive and beautiful, but everywhere the pictures had been messed up by thousands of signatures and phrases written with permanent marker by visitors. It was very sad to see this important work of art kind of destroyed like this.
On the back of the official gallery graffiti artists had left their mark on the wall. Two artists were painting new pictures when we walked by. It was awe-inspiring to see the paintings evolve from one color to the next. I would have loved to watch them till the end, but it was simply too cold to sit down for one or two hours. But I want to visit the East Side Gallery again in a few days to look at the finished paintings. Graffiti art is one of my favorites, because of its beauty in color and pattern.
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Last Sunday two friends and I visited the Buchstabenmuseum (museum of letters) in Berlin. It’s a small museum near the Alexanderplatz, grounded by the association of letters in 2005. It’s purpose is to save old shop signs all around Germany and beyond. Since I’m a huge fan of typography this museum was on top of my Berlin bucket list. It didn’t disappoint me. The big letters were fascinating, some were even taller than me. And some I would have love to take with me for our home, especially the ones with light. My friend was particular excited, because she remembered seeing some of these signs years ago live, when the shops were still open in Berlin. For her it was a journey back in time.
Another blue sky Sunday with icy cold winds blowing around every street corner here in Berlin. Much too cold and uncomfortable to take a long walk, but okay for a short photo walk. I photographed house numbers today. A theme that’s been on my mind for a long while and today seemed like the perfect day. I hadn’t planned this photo walk and prepared a route with the most interesting house numbers, so we just walked around aimlessly. Therefore the numbers we found, weren’t that fabulous and different. So there will be definitely a second photo walk with this theme in the future and much better planned. But for now, I really like the few motives I found.
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Such a wonderful, sunny and warm October Sunday. Perfect for a walk under colored trees, to take the last really warm sunbeams in and fill the reservoire for the long winter days. We took a walk through the Tiergarten in Berlin, where the leaves are still not all colored in fall colors, but it was beautiful anyway. The sun shone through the leaves so bright, that you almost needed sunglasses. We even saw people wandering around barefoot, like it was a warm summer day. What day would be more perfekt to take a fall photo walk.
On Saturday the big Kelby’s worldwide photo walk happened. All around the world photographers would take walks together. When I found it on Flickr, I just had to praticipate since photo walks are one of my favorite things to do. Amazingly Lauren joined too in Seoul, South Korea and she sent me some photos from her photo walk, half around the world. It was exciting to see such a different world happen in the exact same moment.
When I woke up on Saturday it rained cats and dogs. No weather for a photo walk at all. I already saw the worldwide photo walk in Berlin not happen in the afternoon, but when I started walking to the meeting point at the Alexanderplatz, the rain had stopped, thankfully. But the grey clouds stayed, so the decision to change my camera mode to monochrome was easy, there wouldn’t have been much colors anyway. However it was a good training for my photographic eye and I found some new wonderful places, I will come back to, when the weather is sunny and bright again.
If you are on Flickr, you can find photos from all photo walks in these groups: all around the world and the Berlin photo walk. Or look for the hashtag #wwpw2014 on other social media.
What a lovely little park in the North of Berlin. We wanted to spend a little time in nature and escape the noisy, stressful city for a while. Since we sold our car a week ago, we had to choose something reachable by bike. The Volkspark Rehberge within Wedding is just six kilometers from our home, so perfect for a little trip.
To take it all in we pushed our bicycles alongside through the park under the warm fall sunlight. The special thing about the Volkspark Rehberge is, that it isn’t really looked after. Main parts of it are wild growing, but that’s exactly the beautiful charm of this park. It’s not like all the other cultivated ones in Berlin. Additionally you can take a boat trip on the Plötzensee or make a picknick on one of the wild growing meadows. But only if you aren’t afraid of spiders. After the fourth crawled upon our blanket, we packed our things and moved on to discover the rest of the park.
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This Sunday the famous Berlin Marathon happened and the route followed a nearby street. So when we heard the Samba group with their rhythmic drums, we went to cheer the runners on. It is always so amazing to see someone turn his or her dream into reality. And here there were hundred, thousands of them, running the marathon. It always moves me to tears and so I almost cried, seeing them run, moved by their bravery.
They run 42 long kilometers in unknown terrace. Since so many weren’t even from Germany but from all around the world. Denmark, Mexico, Italy, South Africa, to name just a few. Just as multidimensional the nationalities were the colors. It looked like a running rainbow, embellished by really funny costumes and big ballons, showing the pace makers time.
And if I weren’t already tearing up enough three moments made me swallow hard. The first was just sweet. A dad, passing by his family, stopping to kiss his wife and cuddle his two sweet girls, dressed with tutus. So cute. The second was a pair of runners with blue shirts, bonded together with a small rope. On the back was written: blind guide. The third was a wheelchair user. First nothing so unusual, since the wheelchair run started just half an hour earlier. But the man only used one of his arms to keep the wheelchair moving. I’m still so touched by their bravery, their will power to live their dream, fighting their life circumstances. So brave.
Hope, you enjoyed these colorful photos from the Berlin Marathon. If you like to see
more inspiring photos from Berlin, look here
Actually we were looking for a new fleamarket in Berlin, when we stumbled about this place of wonder: the Prinzessinengarten in Kreuzberg. It’s a community garden in the centre of Berlin and its focus is set on organic and alternative gardening methods. They use f.e. old milk packages for growing herbs or water pipes for strawberries. They sell organic food and show off little projects from students of architecture. The garden is a little green oasis and worth a visit. If you want to, you can even join in and do a little bit of gardening twice a week too.
Round & round is a little photo project I’m doing once in a while. When I find an interesting place, I choose a fixed point to stand and try to find as many interesting motives around me as possible. The only moves I make are up and down and a turn of 360°. I don’t take one step in any direction. That’s the challenge. But everytime I find little details, that I would have otherwise missed. It pushes me to look closely at all that is around me. It doesn’t take long. Five to ten minutes are enough for this little exercise, but you lern so much. This one here is a round & round shoot I took at the haven of Rostock near to the historic center, where I took the photo walk architecture.