herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - berlin is for lovers)
There's been a lot of new street art popping up in our neighbourhood lately and some of it is really pretty, so I thought I'd share. Maybe Wedding is really becoming the new hip district, like everyone has claimed for years. *lol*

Wild boars and Brad Pitt )

In fannish news, [livejournal.com profile] shiroi_chi got me to watch "Band of Brothers" (I can't even say why I've not seen it before, considering I love war movies) and I might be a bit in love already. Unfortunate side effect: when I was woken up by a bad thunderstorm this morning, my brain refused to parse the sounds as anything but bombs for a few minutes. /o\ Not a good way to start the day.
herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - hedwig - the new berlin wall)
Along the Spree in Friedrichshain district a stretch of the Berlin Wall, the so-called East Side Gallery was preserved and painted by artists as a memorial. Over the years, the painting have cracked and faded, and tourists and Berliners alike have added their own little graffiti - quotes, names, greetings, the usual. I love the way that those inscriptions have made it a bit of a memorial to the many different people in this city as well, and when I heard that the city was planning on restoring the original paintings, I kept meaning to go to the Gallery and take some pictures of my favourite graffiti, before they were removed. Last night I had an hour to kill in the area before meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] paraka*, so I went down there. Sadly, half of the wall has already been cleaned, but I want to share some of what could be found on there. Image-heavy!



Love is all you need. Anarchy is the answer. Fly like a mouse. )

*Meeting [livejournal.com profile] paraka is a whole different story, because she's one of my oldest LJ friends and getting to meet her was awesome. ♥
herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - berlin is for lovers)
01. A Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sinuous_curve and the same, belatedly, to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] moonix! ♥

02. I have not yet gotten around to watching SPN or The Office, and there don't seem to be any ANTM uploads anywhere. Woe!

03. The actual reason for posting: Dana, Toni and I spent Walpurgisnacht at the Mauerpark, which turned out surprisingly nice and peaceful. Lots of happy people of all subcultural persuasions just hanging out, drinking (2,50 Euros for vodka red bull?!), talking, drumming, some played ball or frisbee or did acrobatics stuff, and several people were giving out free hugs. (One really, really cute punky girl had a sign, but I'm lame and didn't dare asking.) It was all very summery and reminded me of music festivals (now I'm even more bummed that the chances of me getting to one this summer are so low), only with more police *lol* - I took some pictures:

Mauerpark at night, plus random camwhoring )

04. Now to bed - we're having a counseling workshop tomorrow, and for the first time since dropping out of uni I'll be holding a talk, teaching the rest of the group about small, yet effective interventions (as in: counseling techniques, not the kind where you try to get someone to get help). Should be fun! (Again, not being sarcastic - strangely enough I never had problems with public speaking.)
herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - berlin is for lovers)
So, tomorrow there is a plebiscite on whether to keep air traffic at Tempelhof airport, as opposed to closing it down in favour of the international airport at Schönefeld, turning the area into a leisure park kind of thing. Conservative parties are for it, ostensibly because it's a historical site and whatnot (who cares that there are plans of making it into a museum, thus rendering the argument void), the governing parties are for closing it, since there's barely any traffic there anyway, and it's one of the terms on which Schönefeld was allowed to be turned into an international airport.

Now, the "Bild", Germany's biggest tabloid, ran a hilarious list of 100 "reasons" why Tempelhof should stay open for air traffic, and I felt the overwhelming need to comment on it. I was going to do it in German, since this is not likely anything that anyone out of Berlin cares about, but the idiocy was too good not to share with the rest of the world, and I like translating.

Some of the 100 best arguments, if by 'best' you mean 'ahahaha, are you kidding me?' )

"Be Tempelhof. Be Berlin."
"Mommy, when I grow up, can I be an airport?" Can't argue with that kind of reasoning.
herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - berlin is for lovers)
The BVG, Berlin's public transport company, went on indefinite strike today. That means no subway, no tram and very few "emergency buses", mostly to the airports. FANTASTIC. Fortunately the S-Bahn is still running and covers the most important spots, but you still have to change trains a zillion times and/or walk for ages. For example, to get to work I'll need to switch trains (one of them at Friedrichstraße, which is crowded under normal circumstances and will be PACKED today) and then walk 15-20 minutes from Bahnhof Zoo to the office. I don't even know how to get to the In&Out meeting next Tuesday if they're still on strike then. What? I'm used to an extensive and convenient public transport system, dammit!

Dear BVG,
Your tickets are ridiculously expensive, there has to be some money in there to pay your workers. Please hand it over soon, because fully packed S-Bahn trains are no fun.
Love,
Sandra
herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - Berlin is for lovers)
There's some sort of street party going on here today, with some booth and a small stage. It's a nice idea, I think, trying to bring some sort of positive spirit - Wedding is a relatively low-income, high-crime-rate part of town*, but in our area at least there have been some efforts lately to provide activities for the kids and things like that. (They're having some Turkish kids rapping right now. They're baaaaad, and every lyric I can gather is about "respect" and their oh-so-ghetto life, but they seem to have a bunch of fans. :D )

*This reminds me of a Spiegel article that I was meaning to transcribe for ages. Well, not the whole article, but the part of it that deals with our quarter. Everything described is within one or two streets from where I live, but I really never experienced it as desolate as this article makes it sound: Cut for my crappy translation )

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