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Why I Could Never Heart New York Like I Heart Berlin

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Not so long ago, I used to spend two hours on a train to get to my high school in Warsaw. The long commute and initial alienation were worth the thrill of being surrounded by a strange crowd. I got engrossed by it. Every morning, I’d spent at least 10 minutes of my ride in the joyful anticipation of the moment when the train rolls onto the station and I get lost within the urban flow.

This notion of pure excitement and longing for some big city action accompanies me to whatever metropoly I visit, and obviously New York was no exception. I wanted to find out if the famous city that never sleeps could cast a spell on me quite like Berlin did – getting off the plane, I was wondering if I might end up feeling like I want to stay.

Michalina by Michalina
on June 22nd, 2017
in Photos, Stories, Travel

The Beauty of the Four Seasons in Berlin

Spring in Berlin by Steffimarla

photos: Steffimarla

Instagram is definitely one of our favorite social media platforms. Behind its simple idea lies a powerful tool to expose much more than cute selfies. Berlin has become a subject for many talented photographers who make us look through their lenses and marvel at the city every day. One of them is Steffimarla, who with over 2 000 posts now, has greatly contributed to the virtual image of our Hauptstadt. She’s been taking pictures all year round – let’s take a look at all the wonderful characteristics that Berlin has been charming us with throughout the seasons.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 26th, 2017
in Photos

The Highlights of Gallery Weekend 2017

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Andrea Wan

The pair of the upcoming two weekends is one of those you should be looking forward to with extra intensity. The Gallery Weekend is an annual initiative during which you have the chance to discover galleries and exhibition spaces through numerous art openings and exhibition. Because one weekend is certainly enough there are a few independent shows already opening or already open on this weekend before it gets official on the final weekend in April next week. You’ll definitely find something special in our list including numerous painting exhibitions, a paper-mache project with the Marx and Engels sculptures, and even a virtual reality techno show.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 21st, 2017
in Art

The Pleasures and Pains of Juggling 5 Jobs in Berlin

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One of my few Facebook statuses that actually got a decent amount of likes read that the hardest kind of threesome to be arranged in Berlin is when you’re struggling to get both the person who’s selling whatever heavyweight furniture you want and the guy that has a van to transport it to meet you at a time that you happen to be free. And I’ve been standing by this belief for quite a time, when Berlin decided to once again mercilessly prove to me that I really don’t know life at all.

I still don’t regard organizing a threeway as a particular challenge in a city where your trusted dress code for some clubs is either kinky or naked. What kind of feels like one, though, is scheduling your week with five different part time jobs.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 18th, 2017
in Stories

Berlin’s Breathing Heart

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photos: BREATH ing HEART

I won’t surprise anyone when I say that Berlin’s creative scene acknowledges and promotes multiple ways of interacting with art. Just as diverse as the subject chosen, the form can affect all of the senses – but no exhibtion or project that I’ve had the chance to see her so far went as far with this concept as the recent art installation of Johanna Keimeyer, a Berlin artist who’s designed an astonishing walk-in heart – an inflatable constriction in which up to 40 people can lay and sit at the same time.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 14th, 2017
in Art

Berlin is… Blossoming

Spring Blossoms in Berlin-6

There is this one time in the year when even Berlin seems innocent. Although we all know what it’s been up to during the cold fall and winter nights, when its untamed inhabitants, unable to express their joys and sorrows under the clear blue sky had to confine themselves in the limiting areas sheltering them from the cold. We all know the overwhelming contrast of a freezing Berlin night and the literally breathtaking heat of the dance floor.

Well then, a blissful spring afternoon makes one forget about all winter sins. We tend to fall into the good old trap of starting anew again. Even if you’re wised up enough to realize that this kind of thinking has usually more of the fooling yourself factor than that of an actual resolution, spring makes it easier to come to terms with your inner mess and hopefully think of some measures to organize it a little bit.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 14th, 2017
in Photos, Stories

What Does Your Favorite U-Bahn Line Say About You? – Part 2

Berlin Subway Sketches 1

illustrations: Bryan the girl

Due to popular demand, I’m back with the continuation of my U-Bahn-themed musings. I’ve got a ticket to ride for all the lines I’ve initially left out, so that I can complete the emotional profile of a Berlin commuter.

The lines I’m featuring in this article really hint at some deeper affection to the city. They’re neither U1-like joy rides leading up to Warschauer Straße like some urban rollercoaster, nor are they mainly focused on touristy sights like the U2 which could almost be the BVG’s cheaper alternative to all the tour buses. This one is for all you Berlin locals who’ve wandered off the beaten track all the way down to such underrated indie boroughs like Wedding, Tempelhof-Schöneberg or Steglitz. You guys know there’s more to Berlin than techno sanctuaries and souvenir shops.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 12th, 2017
in Stories

A Not So Typical First Time Visit at Berghain

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Maison Mason, photo: Daniel Gebhardt

Berlin is one of the most versatile capitals of the world when it comes to all its locations. It was fun to have been thrown in this little town with no previous knowledge – I still remember setting foot on Kottbusser Tor for the first time, entirely by chance, way more appalled than inspired, completely unaware of Kreuzberg’s undeniable magic that I’d grow addicted to.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 9th, 2017
in Fashion, Party, Photos, Stories

Get your Casual German on Fleek

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Contrary to a popular belief, communicating in the German language does not necessarily equal having to study extremely long grammar structures for hours on end. I mean – that may be useful when you’re applying for the German citizenship, but in casual everyday life conversations you’re better off mastering a few magic keywords that, although absent from the typical German as a foreign language curriculum, will polish your small talk game with the sought after air of nonchalance.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 6th, 2017
in Stories

These Berliners have Extraordinarily Progressive Lifestyles

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photo: Marlen Müller

Lina Jachmann’s new book Einfach Leben, the title meaning live simply, is a lifestyle guide that escapes the usual traps of this kind of literature: it’s neither about fast trends nor is it pretentious or preachy. On the other hand, it provides you with a lot of practical insights into the minimalist lifestyle based on portraits of (extra)ordinary people who have found ways to incorporate this philosophy into their everyday lives to make them more sustainable. Since quite a few of them are somehow linked to Berlin, we’re introducing them and their alternative habits we could all learn from below!

Michalina by Michalina
on April 4th, 2017
in Books, People