For today’s installation of my print project, I’m honoring Berlin. It was the first time in P’s and my relationship that we got to live in the same city (let alone the same country). We lived there for two years and travelled all over Europe together using it as our base, and the only tragedy about that is I wasn’t into photography then. Jetting off to Istanbul or Cote d’Azure or Santorini, or even Cairo -a new place, often two, every month was part of the beauty of living there. Loads of our friends visited us there also, so we have many lovely memories with them. When my sister studied abroad in Copenhagen for 6 months we got to see her monthly, and that’s more than I’ve gotten to see her in a long time.
P moved there first for a Fulbright fellowship and after saying he’d be back in 10 months (famous last words), good career opportunities presented themselves and eventually I moved there to teach Math at an international school (hi T!) so we could be together. Berlin, the city of too cool for school hipsters (you think Williamsburg is bad?), artists and “artists”, parties like you’ve never seen, cheap rents (like huge, 15 foot ceiling 120 sq mtr apartments for 1,000 euros cheap), bombed out buildings, an incredible public transport system, and of course the Flachspüler.
I put a heart on Yorckstrasse, the stop of the aforementioned incredible apartment. Not everyone lives at Yorck so here and here are the two maps without a heart (you could add one in any simple program, even Word). I’m most proud of this series so far, it took me forever to remove the backgrounds and get U-bahn system/bear/skyline to be the only thing that’s left (I’m a photoshop novice).
For private, non-commercial use only, danke schoen.
1. & 2. Berlin’s metro map, 3. The Berlin coat of arms, and 4. The Berlin skyline.
Also this is for our Berlin friends who made the best photo-booth that ever was:
One of the top ten funniest scenes from a movie of all time. From The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. You’re welcome.
i want to
unload write about crime and security and our daily routine of keeping safe in this infamous city….it is a huge pain in the @ss to get used to and being a slave to keeping safe and the car is the hardest adjustment to make for me. instead, since i have tons of unpacking and countertop painting to do i’ll leave you a funny south african commercial for the ford bantam. apartheid just ended in 1994 so it’s interesting and funny (and a relief as a foreigner?)when south africans can and do laugh at themselves.
4th october, 2011
p and i are excited to throw a housewarming pool party barbeque at our new house in south africa. chloe gives us some amazing tips.