The final day of the Frankfurt Book Fair is also the most colorful. With a cosplay competition on Sunday afternoon, the Fair fills with people in incredible costumes, giving the scene a comic-con vibe. From the princesses of Frozen to Pokemon to comic book heroes to evening wear made from the pages of books, it is a visual feast, and a great day to bring kids along.
Sadly, bringing kids along also makes it hard to take photographs (at least when they’re small), but so it goes. With my daughter in tow, we strolled and gaped at the hundreds of brightly colored creations, all busy taking photos, making videos, and admiring each other’s wardrobes. My daughter was delighted. And so was I. Especially when I saw the book-page evening wear pictured above.
So is Berlin in or out this week?
“Berlin became the place to be. Old-school Berliners were bewildered and, I must admit, I didn’t join in the raging aggressiveness towards every single change, I was a bit worried. The city, at least to me, had been a stargate to a utopian dimension. You could feel that history had had taken another course here. Its environment and inhabitants hadn’t been infected by the fever of globalisation and consumeristic craving. The German capital was a small loophole in the West’s capitalist system. Things I had only heard about from my older friends, such as underground movements – which in Italy were long-time dead, or had been absorbed by a fashion industry which repackaged them and tossed them to the masses – here were still thiriving in their original forms. Berlin was cool because “she” was the anti-cool. Then, she became glamorous and lost some of her charm. Gradually, she became less unique, less radical. She was slowly letting herself be undermined by imported trends, swayed by a progress which didn’t always mean improvement.” Read more on überlin.
Expat life: Going “home” for the holidays is stressful
As in, going on a trip to visit all of your family at breakneck speed is not a holiday.
“Going home* (i.e. going to our birth countries) is important to us to reconnect with our families and friends and for our children to get to know them, learn about the places their parents come from and learn the languages. Yet, going home is not a holiday. It is not a vacation. It is not like sitting on a beach in Florida or like visiting Barcelona for a weekend.” Read more here.
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I Heart Berlin has put together a list of Berlin’s lakes for all those melting in the heat wave who want to cool off with a dip int he water. They also put together a post with photos from the movie Men & Chicken which was filmed, in part in Refugium Beelitz. Speaking of abandoned sites, Abandoned Berlin is having a book launch party together with Slow Travel Berlin. Details on the event are here.
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