photo: Oliver Rath
Fashion Week is coming up and even if you are not so involved in the whole circus you must have realized by now that there are so many things going on where you can potentially meet someone unexpected. This makes Fashion Week the perfect playground for flirting if you take care of some basic fliriting rules.
First of all you should get rid of the prejudice that fashionistas are somehow an entirely different species that is just living off designer brands and beauty products. Most nice fashionable people have a lot of other interests, can discuss politics and social inequality and spend their weekends in their sweatpants just like everybody else. It’s somehow typical for people in Berlin to believe that just because somebody likes to be well groomed and dressed up it means he or she is shallow and stupid. Having that in mind my first and most important recommendation that I also give in any of my other flirting guides: Leave your narrow minded judgements on other people at home and combine a nice dose of openess with a charming outift if you want to get laid or just have a nice flirt.
So many of my friends apparently got lucky during Fashion Week that maybe you don’t even need so many instructions to enjoy all the parties and beauty. Still I think there are some flirtation Faux Pas that could/should be avoided. Read my advice after the jump.
I’m actually not really the type who would reminisce about the past. But when I look back at the year 2013 I have to admit that this year was in many ways special for me. Special because of the things I did and that happened around me, but also because of some personal realizations about myself and my life that ultimately make me a very happy guy. As you guys are somehow part of this life I would like to share these special moments along with some highlights of the blog in 2013…
photo: Lena van Ginkel
Sadly, this is the last Strange Magic story we have left for you. We would like to thank again the Sophiensaele for being such an amazing partner once again. It was pleasure to discover so many different Berlin realities through this small contest and for us it was somehow like discovering our city through a different set of eyes. On the one corner we could invest in new sexuel experiences we had never thought of like in the story Happy Kater. On the other corner there were strangers crying their eyes out like in the phone-booth. Finally in this last story we follow the protagonist while encountering a mysterious laugh. So enjoy our last story by Lena van Ginkel in the German version of this article.
photo: Eylül Aslan
Our second to last Strange Magic story is the protocol of a sleepless night in Berlin by author Jannis Klasing. About wandering around in our flats in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Mitte or wherever we live, unable to find rest, tormented by all kinds of thoughts . Read about this nerve-wrecking night in the German version of this article.
photo: Harald Hauswald
The next story of our Strange Magic series is about the wonderful and surreal magical island that is Berlin. This contribution comes from talented young author David Bramhoff. David lives in Berlin since ten years and writes stories since roughly five years. Some dreamy, some dark, some funny, some brutal. Before that he studied at the University of the Arts and pretends that he learned a few things there. With what he learned, he works as a communication conceptioner next to his writing. Beyond that, David likes to travel to Southeast Asia, likes espresso that’s slightly too strong and music that’s slightly too loud. Enjoy his story in the German section.
photo: Eylül Aslan
Berlin is Babylon. From all around the world, people come to visit and live here. And I think it is amazing to have such a variety of culture, food, languages and human beauty all in one city. Coming from beautiful and tropical Brazil the author and blogger Gustavo Carneiro found his way to Berlin to study and stayed here. With his words he translates his fascination with the everyday life and publishes his stories in his blog. A story called The Void was his submission for our Strange Magic special. Read it after the jump.
photo: Eylül Aslan
The next story from our Strange Magic series is probably the most sexual one. And sure, a lot of Berlin’s magic has to do with the sexual intrepidness and insatiable appetite of the inhabitants. Did we call Berlin a slut? Several times! But did we ever tell you how the slutty daily live of the Berliners look like? Not so much for now. Thankfully the story Happy Kater submitted by blogger and author Kevin Junk introduces innocent souls like us to the dark waters of the gay piranha pool that is Möbel Olfe on a Thursday night and the morning after. To read his story, you have to continue in German.
all photos: Im Gegenteil
Being single in Berlin and wanting to change it is not the easiest thing. Paradoxically the quantity of possibilites to meet and hook up with someone seems to go inversely proportional to the actual flirting happening in this city. That is why I gave you some advice on how to flirt on the public transport not so long ago. Did it help? Eventually. But we cannot ride in eternity in the single Ringbahn just waiting for the right guy or girl sitting next to us. So maybe the intrepid Berlin dweller wants to try his luck online hoping for cupid hitting him through the window of his browser.
Until now I would have told you that there is no way to flirt online with dignity. There is always the stinky slime of cheap superficiality all over it of choosing someone because his profile pic looks sexy, nice or interesting (whatever you are looking for). But two girls with entrepreneurial spirit finally did something I was thinking about in years without a concrete solution: Re-inventing online dating.
Im Gegenteil is a curated interview magazine featuring Berlin’s most interesting bachelors and bachelorettes. The look and feel, is very personal and the photos are high-quality and remind me of Freunde von Freunden, which is big compliment. So far so good. Still the page got me thinking and raised a couple of questions which I also discussed with my friends. Would we like to be portrayed on Im Gegenteil? Would we write somebody who is interviewed there? What happens with the interview after the single is not single anymore? Does it remain as an online memory of desperates times? Some personal answers after the jump.
The magic about Berlin are not only the rare moments of strange intimacy with strangers or the delicate observations of your surroundings but also the turbulent past this city has gone through. The next strange magic story is somehow a biography with a magical atmosphere by the american Berlin lover Jeff Talton.
Jeff Tarlton has been a denizen of the Berlin music community since re-locating from his home town of Detroit back in 1992. He fell in initially with the Eastern European shamanic music scene. He has put his distinctive stamp either singing or playing guitar as a session musician or featured collaborator, on essential Berlin music labels such as CitySlang, Kitty-Yo and Monica Enterprises, as well as having his own compositions find their way into theatre and film. Indeed, during his more than 20 years in Berlin, Jeff has organized and/or performed at countless local events under his own name & aliases from Columbia Fritz to the most intimate off-the-grid experiments in outer suburbs. As 2013 winds down Jeff is preparing his next live presentation Treason Of The Glitch as well as composing music/sound design for a major German art film due next year. Read his story after the jump.
photo: Anabel Bossart
Since we opened our Strange Magic of Berlin call for submissions to English and German participants it was delightful to see that we got submissions in both languages. The next story is in German from Anabel Bossart. Anabel is an immigrated Appenzeller girl in her twenties. She’s a student of North American studies in Berlin, works as a newsletter writer for a museum in Mitte. In her free-time she loves to roam about the city to discover its marvels. Her blog documents her often curious findings in photographs, but most importantly it contains many little anecdotes about life as someone coming from the equally strange other side of the fence. Enjoy her happy point of views on Berlin in the German version of this article.