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Muenchen Mag Dich

MunichFor many years, I hated Los Angeles for absolutely no reason at all really…..

IsarstrandOk, so in my mind I did have a reason. I was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it was my duty to hate L.A.

Munich ResidenceEveryone in L.A. is so superficial, so addicted to their cars in such an extreme way, we said. Even though they might not know it…

Munich income divide…we knew we were better than them in every way and always would be…..

Munich DowntownA few years ago, when I had already been living in Berlin for quite some time, I went with my then-boyfriend on a short trip….

Munich Deutsches Museum…to L.A. to visit some of his relatives. Much to my surprise, I found myself really liking it.

Munich chicSome of my stereotypes may have been true I suppose, but there were also so many beautiful places….

Munich  pigeons….beautiful buildings, beautiful light. A softer, more relaxed feeling then I had imagined in my mind when I had only ever really….

Munich Marienplatz…been to Disneyland. The way I felt about L.A. is how most Berliners feel about Munich.

Munich schicki mickiEveryone in Munich is so schicki micki, they say. So slick, so image-driven, so consumed with greed for Geld.

Munich Schicki MickiSince I had never really been to Munich (only one short day years ago) I more or less believed all the dissing I’ve heard.

High Price MunichBut I was just there for five days (where I took all of these pictures) and, I’ll be damned, I found myself liking it. Some of the rumors were true of course….

MunichA lot of people were dressed to the hilt and I have never seen so many fancy cars waxed to the gills in all my life.

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But most people, including the legions of hipsters, dress like slobs in Berlin and I’m tired of it. Vanity may be a cardinal sin,….

IMG_4022…but it is certainly among the lesser of them. I enjoyed seeing well-dressed people wearing colors (everyone is so drab in Berlin)

IMG_4110Although people in Munich may be hochnassig (snobby) like they say in Berlin, they still treated me with common decency….

IMG_4111…and politeness on the street. Unlike Berlin, where people often yell at strangers for minor reasons in such a way that could get you hurt…

IMG_4063…or possibly even killed in many other parts of the world. And yes, Munich might be more expensive, but sometimes I think….

Surfer in Englisher Garten….Berlin’s (still) cheapness is as much a curse as it is a blessing. Yes, it is an exciting, incredibly affordable city but it’s also so easy…

IMG_4097…to get lost, to loose focus. I know so many arty people who came to Berlin so they could live their art, working odd jobs to….

IMG_4043…get by which is sexy at 25, getting old at 35, embarrassing  at 45 and downright depressing at 55.

IMG_4118Maybe Berlin is still more exciting, in both good and bad ways, but Munich mag dich. Better weather, better food, a Hauch of Mediterranean flair. Conservative yes, but so many gorgeous old buildings and that adorable Bavarian accent (so much better than Berlinerisch, ey….) Am I going crazy, or is it, in a lot of ways, the better place to live?

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Berlin on a Rainy May Day

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It’s late May, but it was freezing and rainy all day in Berlin today. To keep myself from going stir-crazy I went for a wallk with my camera….

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Everything seemed so dirty, so neglected and forlorn….

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This dog, peeking out of the window of a basement tattoo parlor no one ever seems to go into, is the saddest one I’ve ever seen.

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One door down I found this Stolperstein in remembrance of a woman named Elsie who lived there until she was sent to her death in Theresienstadt….

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But this little boy was having fun in the rain….

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…while his mother made a phone call…

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And I went on taking photographs, only a few of which I’ve posted here….

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In the Middle of the Woods

I recently took photographs of the little shop collective I’m part of, Mitten im Walde.  Since our shop is in a basement shop most of the photographs turned out a bit too dark, but they should at least give you a feel for what the shop looks like.  We have handmade hats, upcycled furniture, various decor, baby accessories and jewelry.  Truly an unsual mix that still somehow works.  We want to change our location to a somewhat busier street and also get out of the basement (a lot of people seem to timid to enter which is not good when you’re trying to run a business!)  Either way, I’ll keep you posted.:)

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August 31, 2012 · 8:59 am

Mitten Im Walde

 

A couple of weeks ago I joined the shop collective (in German Ladenkollektiv) Mitten im Walde in Berlin-Kreuzberg.  Silke, the woman who is running the shop, wrote me a message at Augenblickphoto and asked if I would be interested in joining.  I’ve been thinking for a while that I would love to see what it’s like to work in a shop because selling online is pretty darn lonely and I may want to open my own later when my daughters are a bit older.  Plus the shop just happens to be about a two minute walk from where I live, so how could I say no?

There are twelve artists/designs/crafters in the shop altogether making everything from furniture, to pottery, to clothing to hats, to jewelry and to lamps.  We each pay a small monthly rent and have two days a month when we have to work in the shop.  I did my first “Ladendienst” (shop duty) today and, although it was pretty slow (we are on a side street in a basement shop, so it will take a while to get noticed) I really enjoyed it.  Several friends stopped by and I listened to the new blues and old school jazz mix on my Ipod.

If you’re in Berlin and looking for a nice handmade gift (we even have handwoven cashmere scarves!) or would just like to check out a unique new independent shop, please come on by:  Mitten Im Walde, Mittenwalderstrasse 46, Berlin-Kreuzberg (U-7 Gneisenaustrasse), Open from 1 to 8 Mon-Fri.  If you come on Thursday or Saturdays I just might be there, so feel free to say hi.  🙂

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Berlin at Dusk, Churches and Brick Expressionism

I’ve driven past the Church on Hollenzollernplatz many a time, so I’ve always seen it looking pretty much like it does here.

I also just learned from Wikipedia that it is an example of Brick Expressionism along with the Anzeigerhochhaus in Hannover (about the only interesting thing in all of Hannover….)  I most definitely have to find a time to go inside and see these stained glass windows.

Last Friday I cycled out to Charlottenburg to visit a friend.  When riding back to Kreuzberg I passed by the church in the evening spring sun and took these pictures.  Nothing like a little Berlin inspiration while out and about.

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