berlin landscapes

June 22, 2010

i have never had a bad time in berlin. not even when i lost my cell phone on new year’s; or when i coincidentally ran into an ex-boyfriend in the turkish market; or when i got busted TWICE in one trip for not buying a train ticket. for some reason this city just calls my name and even if it roughs me up a little, i still leave feeling the need to stay longer. for EVER!


this time around i stayed with ian and lovely lilly in their fabulously european flat in kreuzberg. ian is currently working at soundcloud, an web-based music sharing program/community, and lilly works for an association of berlin galleries. although my stay was brief, i managed to see some sights, meet some new faces and get some good work done. upon my arrival, ian met me for lunch and i checked out the bruce nauman retrospective at the hamburger bahnhof while i waited for him to get off of work. in the evening we met lilly at home and devoured falafel and the best ice cream i’ve had in a loooooonnnggg time (sorry san francisco!) at vanille and marille. i had sesame/honey, pistachio, choco-coco-banana, oh my god it was all amazing. we climbed up the real “kreuzberg,” watched the sunset, and went home for some mad men.


in the morning i walked forever taking photos, losing my favorite scarf, ducking into shops and places for snacks. i visited C/O Berlin for a photography show about the growth and decay of cities. Some fascinating photos from all over the world installed in the former main post office on oranienburgerstrasse. later, Ian and i kicked it on the ufer w/donny and carsten, drinking beers while I made paper chains for CELEBRATION ROOM #2! dinner at seerose, an all-vegetarian café, and ice cream (again!) for dessert! when we got home I took all my supplies to photobooth down the street from ian’s and made CELEBRATION ROOM #3!!! boarded a train the next afternoon for vienna…

much thanks and love to lilly, such a sweetheart, for the great talks about art, gallery tips, and a comfy bed below picasso in the kitchen. and as always, love and thanks to ian, who has been a great freund for many years, and comrade in german studies! alles gute to you both and see you soon, ich hoffe!

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