There’s an old German Coca-Cola sign hanging in my parents’ kitchen. It’s little more than a knickknack from a dusty antique store, but as I prepare for my flight to Berlin tomorrow I can’t help but draw some greater meaning.
The advertisement is nothing if not an American symbol. Yet with the German words “trink” and “eiskalt” we see a fusion of two cultures. The Coca-Cola logo, in its all-too-familiar trademarked cursive, suddenly seems foreign. And isn’t that exactly what my upcoming year in Berlin is all about?
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: So Long, America.
“To mistreat a guest they consider to be a crime. They protect from injury those who have come among them for any purpose whatever, and regard them as sacred.” – Julius Caesar on the Germans (c. 51 BCE)
Germany has likely seen some changes since Caesar last visited, but I’d be willing to wager that his comments on German hospitality would remain virtually the same today. I’ve been in Berlin for less than a week now and already I’m beginning to feel at home.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Gastfreundschaft.
Recently a great illumination event took place in the city–a Festival of lights in Berlin. This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the event, which attracted tourists from all over the world to contemplate Berlin’s landmarks literally in a new light. Find more about Berlin events here.
The festival was founded at 2005, and since then has enticed about 2 million visitors according to the festival’s website. In the year 2013 alone, there were nearly 650,000 hotel bookings for this magnificent event. The festival takes place every year for 10 days in October. It features not only the projections and light shows on the Berlin’s famous landmarks, but also other cultural and artistic events. This year the festival took place from 10-19 of October.
This is a preview of Visiting Berlin: The Festival of Lights.
Kloster Eberbach. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart
The Berlin Wall is going back up.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall, the Berlin Wall is going back up…in the form of glowing, balloon-like orbs. It is going to be a gorgeous memorial, a visual haunting by the wall’s ghost. Read more about it on Fotostrasse.
A haunted house to complete your Halloween.
Over at Abandoned Berlin you can creep yourself out with photos of a building where Nazi uniforms were made. I hear there is exciting news brewing over at Abandoned Berlin as well…but more on that later. Go look at this spooky place right here.
Is Neukölln the coolest neighborhood in Berlin?
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: The Berlin Wall Is Back, Neukölln Guide, Halloween, and Some Other Stuff.
What do you need to know to get settled in Berlin? Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions. One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you. But how to choose? Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Vanessa from Leather & Abel here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome. As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.
What Berlin neighbourhood do you live in?
This is a preview of The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Leather & Abel (and a giveaway).
Berlin. Everybody loves it. Everybody talks about it. Everybody likes to say it is over, or has just begun. But if you want to move there, it can be hard to know where to start. Giulia Pines recommends finding the right neighborhood. Her book Finding Your Feet in Berlin is full of helpful tips (in English!) about making Berlin your new home, and we’re giving away two copies right here.
In the meantime, we’re collecting more insider tips on Berlin neighborhoods. Today we’ve brought Der Irische Berliner on by to find out about his neighborhood and why he loves it.
What Berlin neighborhood do you live in?
This is a preview of The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Der Irische Berliner (and a giveaway).