Citizen by El Bocho

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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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Berliner Mauer

Berliner Mauer

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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Herman Bar

Two Swedes and an Australian sit down in a craft beer bar in Berlin run by a Belgian. What could possibly go wrong? #craftbeer

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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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Suicide Sue, Prenzlauer

I don’t know how a coffee shop known as “Suicide Sue’ would go down in Australia, particularly with it’s eye -patched, sword wielding heroine.

Suicide Sue is like a brunette version of the Daryl Hannah character from ‘Kill Bill’.

The coffee shop however is not really edgy, but a comfortable, well designed space with very good coffee and a great breakfast menu.

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Monterey Bar

Monterey Bar, Danzigerstrasse, Prenzlauer.

The first Australian I met in Berlin was a Melbourne guy who owns this bar. I went in because of the craft beer signs outside. Basically has beer, whisky and rock and roll late).

Like a lot of bars I’ve been to in Berlin this one doesn’t open until 6pm or 7pm. In this case Adie and his partner also run Alternative Berlin tours so they have a day job. (alternativeberlin.com/ )

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Jewish cemetery, Prenzlauer

Part of the Jewish cemetery ( Jüdischer Friedhof ) in Schonhauser Allee, Prenzlauer. It’s history is an interesting read, although the only gravesite I specifically went looking for was that of Max Liebermann, the expressionist painter who died in 1935. His wife committed suicide in 1943 rather than be deported and is also buried in the family plot.

Apparently the broken gravestones are not a result of deliberate vandalism during the Nazi era, but were damage d in WWII – http://bit.ly/1sgZb2Z…

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Drinking in the street

Coming from a country with strict licensing laws, particularly about where you can and can not drink, I first found the idea of people wandering down the street with a beer rather odd. After a few weeks however I have got more used to it and have had the odd beer while wandering through a street market myself. One day I was sitting in the sun and two women came down the street, one with and ice cream cone and one with a beer. They posted a letter in the mailbox in front of me, turned around and wandered off chatting, one still munching on her ice cream cone, the other swigging on her bottle of beer.

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Stolpersteine or stumbling stones

In the Stolpersteine in the footpaths outside many buildings in Berlin are such simple but poignant stories. This collection of four is outside a building in Danzigerstrase, Prenzlauer. The information relates to a Jewish family that lived in the adjacent house. Arthur Wolfberg, born 1897 (by inference the father), Herta Wolfberg born 1899 (by inference the mother, Helga Wolfberg born 1924 (daughter?) and Gunter Wolfberg born 1925 (son?). All deported 3 February 1943, all murdered in Auschwitz. http://bit.ly/1miyZ8Z

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Leibhaftig


Craft beer in Prenzlauer berg

Leibhaftig is a bar that serves Bavarian Tapas, but is also the home of a hausbrauerei, Wanke Brau. At the moment it serves a pilsner and a weissbier, both of which are very good. These are brewed on commission by brewery Schleppzig in the Spreewald, about 60 kms outside Berlin. Talking to Marcus Wanke the brewer, he says he has a rye beer on the go, but only does dark beers in winter.

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