Discovering Berlin From A New Angle: A Scavenger Hunt with Surprises Hosted by glo™

Discovering Berlin From A New Angle: A Scavenger Hunt with Surprises Hosted by glo™

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If you’ve lived in Berlin for a long time and your job is all about knowing everything about the city, I can tell you, to surprise me with something new is a feat you are gonna be destined to fail at. Alas, of course, you are really inventive. And whoever organized that scavenger hunt by glo™ that I was invited to join last week sure was!

The whole experience made me realize, that the city has an infinite amount of surprises left for me to experience. Discovering Berlin from a new angle, seeing places I hadn’t seen before, or seeing familiar places in a new light – this is what keeps me motivated to do this blog and it keeps my enthusiasm for Berlin as fresh as on the first day.

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The Benefits of Dating An Open Relationship

The Benefits of Dating An Open Relationship

photos: Eylül Aslan

Berlin’s dating scene is shaped by three important factors. First of all, mostly thanks to its kinky parties, Berlin is a city commonly characterized by a spirit of sexual liberation. Secondly, while it’s a popular choice for international expatriates, some see it as an ultimate destination, and others as a temporary stop. And finally, the notion of “finding yourself” in Berlin is used equally often as a synonym for deep soul-searching and as an excuse for flaky behavior. 

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Cult Mother: Tarot, Berlin and Sobriety

Cult Mother: Tarot, Berlin and Sobriety

photos: Roger Sabaté. 

Hannah Joy Graves has a magnetic presence which I have first registered when I showed up for a tattoo appointment at AKA, a Neukölln studio that she managed at the time. With Berlin being more of a village than its map might suggest, our paths crossed again when I found out that Hannah, introducing herself to the world as Cult Mother, began offering tarot readings – a practice that can only grow more relevant as reality becomes increasingly uncertain. As Cult Mother put it: “People are feeling disconnected and disorientated and are discovering that tarot is a great tool for navigating confusion and uncertainty.” 

But there’s more to this interview than cards. Hannah told us about finding her way into spirituality, how she envisions tarot as part of Berlin’s nightlife, and why the city continues to inspire her after she got sober.

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Jobless in Berlin and Still Trying to Make it

Jobless in Berlin and Still Trying to Make it

photos: Roger Sabaté. 

Close your eyes for a second.
Imagine a 28-year-old who just moved to Berlin. She lived here a while ago, but was unable to find a proper job and returned to the country of origin. She promised herself that one day she will be back and conquer the city.
Five years later, she’s here again, this time not as a cleaner but as a project manager. She feels immune to any job market crisis, she has a strong game plan and some money to spend. New shoes? Sure! Techno party every weekend? Bam! Eating outside all week? No problem!

Now pause for a minute. Or maybe pause forever. Can you? Can you pause it forever for me, please? Cause what’s coming next is the infamous “Contagion” reenactment which washed away all my dreams and hopes. Yes, this careless adult was me, stuck so much in my capitalist privileges, that being laid off completely crushed my world.

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Berlin Ausländer Memes Dropping Truth Bombs About Expat Life in Berlin

Berlin Ausländer Memes Dropping Truth Bombs About Expat Life in Berlin

You know it’s the 21st century when few things give you so much sense of belonging as memes. That’s definitely the case with Berlin Ausländer Memes – an ironic social commentary that just couldn’t be any more relatable. 

You must have seen them around already: the widespread appeal of Berlin Ausländer Memes unites virtually all expats, and earns the appreciation of Germans and even Urberliners with a sense of self-irony. The memes are impossible to miss with their eclectic aesthetic featuring Spice Girls and stock images. They’ll eventually make you laugh, but not before brutally confronting you with the unglamorous reality of the expat’s lot.

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Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation from the Nazis

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation from the Nazis

photos: Roger Sabaté. 

This year’s 75th anniversary of the liberation from the Nazi regime and the end of WWII was supposed to be a big thing with lots of live events and exhibitions and whatnot. Due to the pandemic, most of their program had to be changed and brought into the digital space. It’s great that this was even possible and that the culture workers were able to adapt so quickly. But of course, it feels quite anti-climactic for the culmination of the whole festivities not to be able to happen IRL.

One thing that did happen in the real world came as a bit of a surprise late last night at the pretty empty Pariser Platz. A space that is usually filled with people, even at night, became the sight for only a few eyes of a projection onto the Brandenburger Gate with a simple message: a thank you in the 4 languages of the allies that freed the world from the Nazis.

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A Guide to Nightlife Activities in Times of Corona

A Guide to Nightlife Activities in Times of Corona

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Berlin without its nightlife is like a bath with no bubbles. In other words, we won’t stand for it. And since nocturnal establishments of all kinds have been closed for weeks now, one just has to get creative. But what else can you do to channel that party animal other than perfecting your dance moves to a United We Stream DJ set? Well, aren’t we glad you asked! 

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This Cute Ad Shows Why Germans Are Better Safe Than Sorry

This Cute Ad Shows Why Germans Are Better Safe Than Sorry

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Have you ever wondered why German lack in a certain sense of Humor? For humor, you need irony and exaggeration. Both skills are not necessarily imprinted in the German DNA. Also for some sort of comedic effect you need things to go a bit wrong. Not apocalyptic wrong like right now in this pandemic of course. Yet in every funny story, there is the right amount of wrong that makes you excited about how the hero*ine might gonna fix the problem.

One this is for sure: that Germans hate troubleshooting. No wonder they are one of the countries with the most insurance and safety measurements in the world. And this cautiousness makes Germans very successful in dealing with big problems (like the one we have right now on our hands). 

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Face Masks for Queer Visibility

Face Masks for Queer Visibility

With literally every single queer bar, club and venue closed until further notice and all Pride parades and other queer festivals canceled this year, it looks pretty dim on the queer visibility front right now. But all clubs and bars are closed and festival canceled – what difference does it make, you might wonder? Of course, every nightlife and cultural space has its importance – but for the queer community these places and events are not just for fun and socializing, they are important platforms for activism and for the fight for acceptance and equality. There is still a lot of homophobia and transphobia in the world, even here in Berlin. Queer visibility is an important act against those nasty phobias – and for queers to disappear into quarantine behind locked doors and behind anonymous masks is quite the setback.

Musician, stage performer, editor, and Berlin’s only real Diva Kaey has come up with a clever plan on how queer visibility can continue in a creative way in times of Corona. For over a month now, she has taken the time during the quarantine to sew hundreds of colorful facemasks with rainbows, sequins, and Tom of Finland prints for the queer community. This way we can be out and proud every day when we’re complying with the new face mask rules in the city.

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How the Pandemic is Testing our Bond with Berlin

How the Pandemic is Testing our Bond with Berlin

photos: Roger Sabaté. 

Like countless others in early March, I certainly didn’t expect the extent of the impending pandemic. Fearing it would interfere with my long-awaited vacation, I actually stayed in denial of it for as long as I could. But the ominous news screens incessantly broadcasting Corona updates which had followed me across San Francisco ultimately proved fateful as I ended up booking an emergency flight back to Berlin. 

Coming back in times of a worldwide pandemic made me consider Berlin home more than ever before. Having been here for over four years now, I’d already mused on the reechoing metaphor of Berlin as a lover and even written on staying committed to the city over time. As I was coming back, I’d ask myself whether experiencing Berlin in this bizarre Corona edition will affect my love for it. Certainly, I’d never seen the city like that: with deserted streets, sealed off clubs, and a ban on gatherings. 

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