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Earlier this year I spend a month in Berlin.
- It is OK to drink beer in the street.
Not only is it OK to wander the streets with a beer, but the railway stations normally have a bottle shop just to get you through the walk from the station to home.
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I’ve deliberately used a wide shot here so you can see the art work in relation to the surrounds. Top right you can see two of the major characters used by El Bocho, one of the melancholy looking girls known as “Citizens” and further right, “Little Lucy”
The beanie of the girls head says “Liebe in Beton” ( Love in concrete?), and most of these fugures have similar sayings.
Little Lucy on the other hand is based on a Czech TV show called “Little Lucy – Fear of the Street”. Her hobby is killing her cat and here you see her pulling it apart.
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Leaving Berlin – at Tegel airport catching a flight to Helsinki. I had been warned the terminal was fairly basic. There are flights leaving for Barcelona and Amsterdam as well as ours, and there would only be seats for at most half the people waiting to catch flights. Reminds me of the airport at Toowoomba, but with ten times the passengers.
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Getting towards the end of my time in Berlin I thought it only appropriate to put this up, Berliner Mauer or the Berlin Wall.
It made me feel a bit old as historically speaking I was alive at the time the wall was constructed, lived through the years of its use, and remember when it came down.
Since being in Berlin I have read and heard more of the history of the wall, and the societies it created in both the west and the east (ost). During our month in Berlin we lived in what was the East (Prenzlauer) and this section of the wall is about a dozen blocks away.
Having heard plenty of the history of the time from those that lived on both sides of the wall, it makes a fascinating if painful read. http://bit.ly/1mr1oak
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Two Swedes and an Australian sit down in a craft beer bar in Berlin run by a Belgian. What could possibly go wrong? #craftbeer
Although I didn’t go to a huge number of craft beer places while in Berlin, this is one of the best for its variety of very good beers. Bart really knows his stuff, and apart from “Taras Boulba Extra Hoppy Ale” ( a sort of IPA), I had a couple of Belgian stouts, Buffalo and Hercule, just to keep the cold out you understand.
“If we drink we will die
and if we don’t drink we will die
So we might as well say ‘what the hell!’
and let our glasses clink”
– From the Yul Brynner movie “Taras Bulba”
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