miércoles, 30 de junio de 2010

Glogauair (Glogauer Str.16) & concert night

It has been a great evening, but...lets start from the beginning. I was meeting Mariana around 7.30pm and we head to Glogauair (Glogauer Str.16, Xberg), the artist residence where she works. http://www.glogauair.net/ There we meet Steven & Mauricio.

They usually organise pretty cool stuff, so check out the page from time to time! We entered and the first thing I saw was this golden old sofa next to an old chair and a guitar. Amazing scenery.

Miles Joseph - http://www.myspace.com/milesjamz
Vio/Mire (USA)- http://www.myspace.com/viomire
Mathias Kom (Ontario, Canada)- http://www.myspace.com/mathiaskom

The first group playing, even though thery weren't in the programm, where Martha Rose and Take me Home. Acoustic folk/blues group that I really liked it.  http://www.myspace.com/martharosemusic. It reminded me to Pearl and the Puppets, just that sort of music. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySpJ165mtps

The next to play was Miles Joseph - http://www.myspace.com/milesjamz
Folk-Rock-Indie music...

The, it was already Brandon's turn, without any doubt my favourite: Vio/Mire (USA)- http://www.myspace.com/viomire
I couldn't stop looking at him and for a second I just felt the world had stopped. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ATaE3_Wt4&feature=related Amazing sensation. I love acoustic live music. I think u already know that. Anyways.

And it was already time for Mathias Kom to play. Really funny, great voice and great lyrics. http://www.myspace.com/mathiaskom

Little by little it was getting darker and the atmosphere really really cosy. We were sitting in an old sofa, I couldn't even move. So relaxing.

Next weekend, Glogauair will be organising Home sweet Home @ Werkstatt der Kulturen, an international performance and video festival taking place in Neukölln.
So, we said "bye" to the boys...but (for a strange reason), the night didn't end up here...
To be continued.

martes, 29 de junio de 2010

Dinner at Chan (Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42/43 Xberg)

Yeah. The night wasn't over. Walking home we realised we were hungry, so we stopped at Chan, a really nice asiatic restaurant located on Paul Lincke Ufer, a promenade next to the river full of interesting restaurants. The atmosphere seemed to be perfect on those terraces, so we thought: Why not?

But the best thing without any doubt, was the cosy atmosphere and the simple decoration which made you feel relaxed and enjoying a nice meal and conversation. Flowers, little candles and really nice stuff.

We ordered Yam Wun Sen, Vegeterian Springrolls and Chicken Saté with peanut sauce. To drink, a Mango-Banana-Pineapple Smoothie and a Orange-carrot juice.

Simply delicious! www.chan-berlin.com

Luzia, (Oranienstr. Xberg)

Not happy with the concerts and the grat dinner, and although being completely tired, we decided to have the last drink @ Luzia. The place is really cool, industrial old style with all type of different and bizarre pieces of furniture, but interesting in the same way. This is just a corner. Just a little example. Its worth having a look around the bar the first time. At the weekends is completely packed, though. http://www.luzia.tc/

So, to put the sweetie thing to an amazing night, we ordered a couple of Eisschokolade mit Espresso. Basically, for non german speakers, chocolate ice-cream, milk, coffee and chocolate syrup. Yummy.

Thanks for the night sweetie!

domingo, 27 de junio de 2010

martes, 22 de junio de 2010

sábado, 19 de junio de 2010

domingo, 13 de junio de 2010

Club der Visionäre, Schlessisches Tor, Xberg

When it comes to escaping the heat of Berlin in the summer time, it’s essential you have your list of choice destinations for day and night. Don’t let the sweltering heat and the thought of lots of dancing bodies kill your club spirit.
The spacious Club of the Visionaries is a freaky street style club/bar located right on the riverside. With a large outdoor deck area, the multi-level space makes it easy to relax on floats in the summer and engage in friendly water wars. In the wintertime, lay back by the fireplace in soft sofas and chairs.
On a good night Richie Hawtin or Ricardo Villalobos will be spinning their records. Come earlier to beat the crowds, and snack on original Italian-style pizza while dipping your toes in the water.

Badeschiff, Arena, Schlessiches Tor, Xberg

On Thursday I went to Badeschiff; created from a recycled river cargo container and floating on the river Spree, is one of Berlin’s most unusual swimming pools. Since its opening in 2004, it has become a true hot spot in town: deep blue swimming pool, wooden boardwalks, an open-air bar, stunning view and a hell of a lot of trendy people. The small 32m by 8m pool is kept to a comfortable 24 degrees Celsius and non-swimmers aren’t allowed in the water, so don’t even try!

Originally conceived by local artist Susanne Lorenz, the Badeschiff has inspired similar projects in urban rivers around the globe. The splashing fun isn’t just limited to the summers, though—each year between November and March the entire area is covered by a translucent shell and transformed into an enclosed wellness area. Architect Gil Wilk’s prize-winning design for the Winter Badeschiff includes two saunas, an outdoor cooling platform, a heated pool, a bar and relaxing areas, making Berlin’s long winter a bit more bearable.www.arena-berlin.de/badeschiff

Kiki Blofeld, Kopernicker Str.48

On Thursday we went to the Opening Party of the Biennale for Contemporary Art 2010. http://www.berlinbiennale.de/
The Berlin Biennial differs from a conventional art festival in that it is composed of a series of events rather than a single exhibition, and each time it changes locations and venues according to the exigencies of the exhibition: "...a strange carnival or street fair, following a jagged descent into the spirals of time". Each year the organisers select an array of unusual venues and exhibition sites. Over 60 artists attend the event working in a variety of media and techniques from etching to woodcut, animation to still photography, role-playing to team building.
The venue of the opening party was a club called Kiki Blofeld.
"This beach club of more earthy delights is great both day and night, inviting guests to play billiards under tree canopies, or sit back in the natural grassy mound love seats and garden. When night falls, step into the former boat bunker and dance, dance, dance. The place demands it.

Be it for an afternoon refresher or a late night snack, there’s always food cooking on the grill outside, and Kiki’s bar constantly supplies a well sorted list of cocktails. If being indoors just isn’t doing it for you, take advantage of the prime location and chill out along the banks of the river Spree."

lunes, 7 de junio de 2010

Sonntag im Mauerpark

Great sunday @ Mauerpark. We spent the day in the sun, but it was all for a good cause. Besides, walking along the Mauerpark I met my good friend Irene living in Madrid out of casuality, who was visiting a friend for a couple of days! And that was definitely one of the best things on that day! Love u gatita! miauu! ^_^

Architecture & Photography Crew

Special thank to Adi, Christian, Marc-Liam, Mariela, Citlaly, Ana, Carmen, Mircea, Mariana, and everyone who came to the tour. It was a pleasure to spend the day (and with some also the night!) with you guys!

Sun coming...

It was a sunny afternoon so I decided to go to the river with Mariana to have some beers. I finally tried the CLUB-MATE the famous drink that is so in fashion in this city, but I have to admit I dind't really like it.

It's popular for its relatively high caffeine content (20 mg per 100 ml) and low sugar content compared to other beverages such as cola, coffee and other energy drinks. And the ingredients are quite simple: water, inverted sugar syrup, sugar, mate tea extract, citric acid, caffeine, natural flavors, caramel color and carbonic acid. More info about CLUB-MATE:  http://www.clubmate.es/

Bobotie: African dinner at my place

The Menu: Bobotie with rice, apricot marmelade and banana slices & lemon sorbet with cava.

Bobotie (pronounced [bɒˈbəʊtɪ]) is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. The recipe probably originates from the Dutch East India Company colonies in Batavia, with the name derived from the Indonesian Bobotok. It is also made with curry powder leaving it with a slight "tang". I have to say it was simply delicious. Thanks Carmen for the recipe and for cooking! :)

Sofia & Barbie Deinhoffs, Schlessisches Tor

Schlessisches Tor  is located in eastern Kreuzberg, near the Oberbaumbrücke, in the Bohème quarter commonly known as SO36 (after a former postal code). Yes, and there we went to have a drink on wednesday. Our intention was to go to the music quiz in Madame Claude, but unfortunately we arrived to late and the club was already crowed. www.myspace.com/madame_claude

So, we had to find another alternative. We went to Cafe Bar Sofia ( Wrangelstrasse 93).

Like so many spots in Berlin, this is part bar, part cafe, sorta gay and sorta straight. Since it's run by a queer woman though, you do see a distinct tendency for more ladies to drop by. Great for a coffee in the day or a drink at night. You may also luck in to some kind of show or performance when you drop by in the evening. Wednesdays beer happy hour. Two beers for 2,20€.Check out the bathrooM!

And the we went to the famous Barbie Deinhoffs.
"If the shocking pink decor doesn't jolt you from your senses, then everything that happens in this over-the-top queer bar will. A definite original, even in the Berlin scene, Barbie Deinhoff's brings in everybody and anybody".