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Humans of the U8 – A Berlin Subway Portrait Series

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photos: Leon Kopplow

It will not come across as any revelation that the U8 is my favorite U-Bahn line. And I’m not alone in this claim: your response to the profile of U8 we featured in our article What Does Your Ubahn Line Say About You? proves that you too have a high appreciation for this crazy train that can take you all across Wedding, Mitte and Kreuzkölln. And this sentiment is strongly dependent on all the passengers of the U8 – each of them has a unique story, often reflected in their bold outfits. Just who are they exactly?

The photo series by Leon Kopplow, previously covered on Notes of Berlin, is a simple yet quite wonderful homage to the great many colorful people that take the U8 every day. For whatever reason – whether to get to work, uni, party, or a tinder date. As you’re scrolling through the pics, you might be wondering about their various purposes, but one thing remains clear – they all constitute a beautiful in its diversity image of Berlin.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 19th, 2017
in People

The Most Dreaded Moments in Berlin

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

With Halloween coming up in just a month, we thought we’d embrace the everyday spooky scenarios we are constantly exposed to in Berlin. And while the standard Berliner does not get intimidated by darkness, demons, or ghosts, and, as a matter of fact, is usually rather encouraging of experiencing any amount of supernatural visions, there are still some things that make us freak out. We’ve selected 5 top examples for both your reading pleasure and party inspo – I personally can’t think of a cooler way to boost up your Halloween game than arriving dressed up as a letter from Waldorf Frommer.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 13th, 2017
in Stories

Walking into a Breathing Heart – An Immersive Artwork from Berlin

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photo: Marc Gilgen

An amazing, ambitious art installation by the Berlin artist Johanna Keimeyer, which merges different stimuli to wake up all of your senses, was exhibited earlier this year at the Art Basel. This impressive work of art enables the viewers to experience a sensation that could represent stepping inside your own body.

The concept for installation was a walk-in inflatable heart, in which up to 20 people can lay and sit at the same time. The heart filled itself with air and pulsated in a breathing rhythm accompanied by light, video, scent, and sound. The unique ambience of a historical water filter building was a perfect environment for this venture.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 6th, 2017
in Art

A Guide to Awesome Hostels in Berlin

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photo: HappyGoLucky Hostel

With all the stories depicting Berlin as a modern day Shangri-La (which we can be innocent of spreading a little bit), you might be one of those happy-go-lucky expats arriving here with very little idea as to where they’re gonna rest their bones after their tendency to doze off at a club becomes rather a nuisance. But scoring a place of your own is no easy feat in the super competitive Berlin real estate market. When all your struggles have been in vain and you still haven’t found a flat, always asking your one night stands for a sleepover, it’s time to temporarily let down your arms and check out some affordable hostels before fortune finally smiles back at you:

Michalina by Michalina
on October 5th, 2017
in Accommodation, Travel

275 Years Of Music – The Staatsoper Unter den Linden is back

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photo: Gordon Welters

To put it mildly, the music genre most commonly associated with Berlin would probably not be opera. It’s not as ubiquitous as other forms of art – many of us have not even once been to such a concert. You may not even be aware how much can Berlin offer in the area – and I get it – going out to see an indie rock band involves less costs and planning than booking opera tickets. Well, this week you get the unique opportunity to experience opera on a world class level for free as the Staatsoper Berlin opens its doors after a long-lasting break. Read on to get all the details.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 29th, 2017
in Events, Music

Berlin’s Most Iconic Snacks

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Here on iHeartBerlin, we like to get real. So all fancy dining guides aside, we know the drill – it’s 3 am, you’re somewhere unterwegs with very little to no money, energy and dignity left, but the only thing you’re still able to feel is hunger, so you think you might just as well get that greasy snack. And to that we say: Gönn dir diggi! Berlin’s got you covered – read on to see our ultimate top selection of iconic Berlin bites that you should introduce your visiting friends to, thus completely ruining their diet plan.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 25th, 2017
in Food

Post-War Girl Power: The Rubble Women of Berlin

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Have you ever heard about the rubble women, or Trümmerfrauen in German? This term refers to the numerous bold females that hugely contributed to reconstructing cities of Germany and Austria that were severely damaged during the second world war. Obviously, Berlin was one of them.  We can never get enough of feminist role models, and especially the ones who made an impact in clearly unglamorous circumstances, so read on to hopefully find motivation to deal with your own hustle!

Michalina by Michalina
on September 20th, 2017
in Stories

15 Highlights of the Berlin Art Week 2017

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Katja Novitskova at Sammlung Boros, photo: NOSHE

It might feel like in a such a creative city like Berlin every week is an art week, and that’s partly true. However, the amount of exhibitions, events, and fairs that start taking place today and last till the end of the week is simply astounding and it would be a shame to miss out. I know that the whole program might be a bit overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for – just browse through our brief listing of the highlights and you’ll definitely find something that fits your interests, no matter if you’re into dance performances in the urban surroundings or photography documenting the civil rights movement.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 13th, 2017
in Art

Soul Searching Done Right: How to Actually Find Yourself in Berlin

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I’m not really the quarrelsome type. I stand by what I believe in, but I’d never try forcing my spin on things upon you and I don’t mind exchanging thoughts with people that have different turns of mind. However, there’s this one declaration that invariably has the ‘’red rag to a bull’’ effect on me even on a small talk level.

I usually kind of feel it coming, because my interlocutor’s eyes inadvertently betray exactly what mood has just crept into the conversation. It can start inconspicuously with them admitting they actually did not go out last weekend, to which I can often relate. They usually mistake this for an invitation, and the first thing I know is them intimately leaning down in my direction and letting me in on the gist of their self-taught philosophy: ‘’Well, because, you know, Berlin is no place to settle down anyway, right?’’

Michalina by Michalina
on September 11th, 2017
in Stories

Everybody Dreams – A Dreamy Exhibition by JUNIQE & Casper in Berlin

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In a city of freelancers that take their home office very seriously and party people that are way too busy to squeeze in an appointment with their bed in their tight weekend schedule, sleep is a scarce, but very highly regarded commodity. If you’re like me, and you regard the time spent in bed as key to keep your creative juices flowing, you have to check out the upcoming Berlin Art Week events hosted by the lifestyle brand JUNIQE and Internet’s favorite mattress manufacturer Casper.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 7th, 2017
in Art