Hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin.

June 14, 2014
Back from Berlin and ready for a week of Absolut Mode, absolute essays and absolute dissertation research. Since time’s somewhat scant today, there’s less of my verbal meandering and more of my shoddy photography to keep y’all entertained…
Check back soon for a new Q+A, a way overdue giveaway and general musings…
And in the meantime…

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^ Mauerpark in the wintry mist. Stark contrast to everyone blissfully off their heads singing karaoke on a Summer’s Sunday afternoon.

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^ One of my favourite Berlin streets (Oderbergerstrasse), unsurprisingly detested by the anti-Establishment, anti-capitalist, uncomprosingly leftist population of the city for its wealth of sexy shops and cafés.

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^ Free GQ Style! Who cares who may have urinated on it…

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^ Impala is an incontestable must for tea and coffee fans. HRH E. House recommends their extensive chai selection.

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^ Berlin playgrounds – for an eclectic mix of cute children and ranting junkies. This is just one of a series I drunkenly stumbled through with visiting friends.

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^ Happy Shop on Torstrasse! The place to blow your month’s rent on some Meadham Kirchoff before promptly taking your mind off your wrecklessness with a €3 cocktail a few doors down at BR 101.

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^ Good Morning Vietnam on Alte Schönhauser Strasse in Mitte is both affordable and delicious. Ditch slavish followers of hipster rhetoric who frequent Monsieur Vuong down the road, Good Morning Vietnam is a damn sight better and you won’t feel the need to preen and pout.

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^ Haarwerkstatt (also on Alte Schönhauser Strasse, Mitte) do a wash-and-cut incredibly schnell and for no more than €12. Just remember the German practice of selber föhnen i.e. styling your own hair – don’t look surprised if your stylist hands you a hair-dryer.

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^ The launch of this Rosa-Luxembourg-Strasse Mykita store was one of the v. few I attended during my sojourn in Berlin. Whilst there myself and some Irish friends watched little girls try out the free make-up samples by applying generous amounts of mascara to their lips and engaged in our favourite activity of marvelling at how impossibly attractive Berliners can be.

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To explore more, check out 032c, I Heart Berlin and Stil in Berlin. Diejenigen, die Deutsch können, schlage ich euch vor: Les Mads, René Schaller und Zeitgeschmack.

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  • Mat November 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    really loved this post, i just love getting an insight into places where i haven't been (yet) but from a non-tourist perspective.the misty park is captured dead well. best of look with the intense week

  • Duck November 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Argh why didn't I go to Happy Shop when I was there last?? Oh yes, may have been my extreme leftist companions 🙂

  • Izzy December 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I especially loved your comment after the GQ Magazine pic. Brings me back to that balmy Summer weekend.