Leave Berlin: Day Trip to Poznan

Yes, we know. Berlin is hard to leave. Many have moved here from other continents with good intentions: “Ooo, no more than a couple of hours to Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden? Hell yeah! Backpacking, here I-” and then they’re called out to the latest vernissage with free tea tastings followed by beer yoga (google it if you…

Piano for the people

An old piano workshop has become my new concert favourite. Hi, my name is [yeah, not so fast internet] and I like classical music; but I know squat all about it. It’s pretty, it’s soothing, it even makes me feel a bit clever until I’m asked what the name of the piece is I’m listening…

Stooping to the steep

Berliners: don’t get too high and mighty about the TV Tower Family resemblance? After spending a total of 17 months in the city, I finally condescended to do the number one Berlin tourist activity: I went up the TV Tower. There are more reasons that Berliners could give you for not going up the TV…

Get out while you still can

The 3rd of October is a very important day. Would you believe that there was a near sheer drop just outside this frame?  And by that I mean, I was sitting outside, basking in evening sunshine, actually grateful for a cold marble table under my arms, and checking our little old thermometer in disbelief –…

It never gets old

In a city where new discoveries are old hat, it’s hard to believe that finding a hidden gem is still possible. No prizes for finding the amusing detail in this idyllic scene. Let’s be honest: the secret hideaways of Berlin are fast becoming common knowledge. The infamous abandoned TB clinics and theme parks are regularly frequented…