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October, 2012

  1. A quick photo-tour of Kreuzberg

    October 7, 2012 by Kaitlin

    I left Berlin minorly obsessed with Kreuzberg. This is the mostly residential neighborhood just southwest-ish of the River Spree. A lot of Turkish immigrants live there, as well as artists, musicians and students. You can get 3 euro doner kebabs next to a shop that sells roller derby gear. There’s street art everywhere.

    I heard it called the Williamsburg of Berlin, the Portland of Berlin and the Echo Park of Berlin. OK, I may have dubbed it that last one.

    But it’s really none of those things. It’s Kreuzberg.

    Christie, a graphic designer also on the trip, and I spent one long, wandering afternoon there. Her photos are much edgier and have more fun angles than mine, but I did what I could. The following morning I went back to a different part of the neighborhood to take a yoga class (Julie was great. If you’re in town, take a class with her). And now that I think about it, I went back yet again the next day to go to a spa/sauna/soaking pool place called the Liquidrom. They have a massive heated saltwater soaking pool in a dark room where they project soft, colorful lights on the walls and play gently pulsing music. If there’s still any question in your mind, yes, you should go there.

    Most of the time I spent there, I didn’t have a destination in mind, so here are the sights of Kreuzberg, as I encountered them.

    Song is King of Kreuzberg by Shotgun Jimmie, from his 2011 album, Transistor Sister.

  2. And, being done, thus Wall away doth go

    October 7, 2012 by Kaitlin

    I took a lot of pictures in Germany. You probably don’t want to see them all because they are mostly of buildings. Or street art on buildings. Or dogs.

    There is, however, one kinda cool one I didn’t even remember taking until I uploaded all my pictures.

    A couple looks at historic images on the border of the former wall, near Checkpoint Charlie

    Mauer means wall. Swear.

    These two people are standing, unknowingly, I think, on opposite sides of what used to be the Berlin Wall. The reddish bricks are where the wall used to be.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the plaque.

    I don’t even remember if the person on the right is a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter, and I like that too.



  3. Guter Hund!

    October 6, 2012 by Kaitlin

    I sat down to write the obligatory post-international travel blog post thinking about a lot of things: the strength of German public media*, the unique situation on the international economic stage Germany currently finds itself, and the ups and downs of group travel.

    But what I kept coming back to were German dogs.

    Just checkin’ each other out at Görlitzer Park

    Yes, I saw some gorgeous German shepherds, but I also glimpsed French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Pugs, and tons of scrappy mixed breed terriers. Most of them weren’t attached to leashes.

    All over Berlin, people were out with their dogs. At the cafes, at the parks, on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and tram. It’s like the city got together and came to an agreement. I’ll train and socialize my dog, take him on lots of walks, and you won’t freak out when you see him in public.

    The result is a community filled with lots of chill canines that are allowed to be, well, dogs. They don’t have dog parks because every park is a dog park. It’s a set up that made me super happy.


  4. October 2012 Playlist

    October 1, 2012 by Kaitlin

    Guten Tag from Berlin!

    I’m in Germany with a group of  journalists, but my heart is still with you, music-loving friends.

    Lots of new-ish stuff for this month, as well as some tracks from my favorite albums that were released over the summer.

    Happy fall, y’all.