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…

Sofas can float

Well, almost. You might have reached the bottom of this photo and found the floor was missing. Sorry to disappoint you. Ever been to a café with sofas nailed halfway up the walls? With a mattress on an upper level only accessible by a ladder? Or with concrete blocks on wheels for coffee tables? This is what…

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…

Ausländer to Insider

Moving to Berlin for the second time round seems like a piece of sausage. The first time, I had a couple of friends already there, but they had what I didn’t have – a life. In the first few months of living abroad, obtaining this precious thing was my ultimate aim, and I went about…