“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”— Anaïs Nin (via matrem)
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”—
She’s a dreamer who likes to make noise and inspire through her music and collaborations on SoundCloud. CoMaFae (from Lower Saxony, Germany) is our #SCOTD today! Find more on her profile http://soundcloud.com/dirtyoysterpearl
“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”—Beryl Markham, West with the Night (one of my top favorite books - my dad gave me upon graduating college)
One of my favorite German beverages is Apfelschorle. Basically it is like sparkling apple juice but less sweet. Here is some more information:
Apfelschorle, also Apfelsaftschorle, is a popular soft drink in Germany. It consists of carbonated mineral water and apple juice. The broader category Fruchtschorle consists of any fruit juice mixed with carbonated water, but Apfelschorle is by far the most common. Spritzer (that is wine mixed with carbonated water) is called Weinschorle. Apfelschorle contains fewer calories and is less sweet than pure apple juice. This makes it popular in summer and among athletes.
Commercially available Apfelschorle generally contains between 55% and 60% juice. Brands of Apfelschorle in Germany include Lift, Gerolsteiner (which also sells mineral water) and Bizzl. However, in most bars and restaurants, Apfelschorle is mixed ad hoc from apple juice and carbonated water.
My good friend Alex is coming to visit me in Berlin for three weeks starting before Christmas to January - because I was not able to get three weeks off from work and because I am still relatively new to Berlin, I have had to think about how to keep her busy while I am at work during the week and also what activities we can do together while she is here.
Luckily I was introduced to Gidsy, a company that basically does the work for you by hosting activities on their site that promise to be fun, engaging and worth while. This is their catchy tagline : Gidsy is a marketplace for authentic experiences. I wanted to write about the Berlin start-up when they first launched, but I waited until I had my firsthand experience - that happened last week. I have booked one activity through them so far and it was super simple to do and more importantly it was fun - I even reviewed it here (activity = lunchtime yoga with Bettina). Right now they are launched in Berlin + NYC (you can learn more about them here) so I was in luck when I came across The Hidden Path Tours on their site. I was immediately intrigued as I was looking for something to do with Alex that I have never done before and also I was looking for something completely unique. Here is the description from their activity page:
Our guides are Berliners, who live in the city and know the street art and graffiti scene inside out (we’re mostly art students). They’ll share with you interesting stories and personal experiences from the underground writers world. Meet the people behind the tags. Check out some of Berlin’s off track spots and discover a world of different mentalities, cultures and lifestyles. Themes range from gentrification and the trashing of traditional neighborhoods, to the multicultural character of Berlin with its hundreds of different nationalities. Join us on an excursion of mind blowing murals, hidden guerilla garden’s, underground galleries and secret party locations. Your concept of this city will be turned upside down.
My initial reaction was simply - “this seems badass”. Why? First, I love that the guides are Berliners and artists - secondly I love the last sentence “Your concept of this city will be turned upside down.” Fabulous, because my concept of Berlin is already upside down and sideways so I adore the idea that it could possibly become more skewed! Exciting. I am booking my spot now - you should too! You can also check out their website here » http://thehiddenpath.de/ - available in English and German.
So the internet has won my heart again. I love that I can find out about activities like The Hidden Path Tours easily and I appreciate that a website can advocate for activities that have nothing to do with being inside on a computer. Promoting activities such as urban exploring, lunchtime yoga, Holiday workshops, cooking classes and so much more makes living in a big city with so much to choose from such as Berlin that much easier in terms of aggregation. Gidsy helps sort through all the noise - only letting the best sounding activities reach me and I like that. I can’t wait to book more activities and get to know my new city better while connecting with others and building relationships.
Has anyone else out there used it? What do you think?
Last night I went to see my co-worker Jami aka Seams play his last show of 2011 at Chez Jacki near Ostbahnhof in Berlin. While Jami was incredible (check out his stuff here) and put on a great performance, the other “DJ’s” / artists left something to be desired and I wrote a note about it in my phone. I wrote this during a set from a particularly white possibly German guy who swore into the mic and talked about masturbation with such fervor that everyone in the venue became uncomfortable and icky feeling. Here it is -
The guy in the Hollister sweatshirt likes it. He is dancing like wet piece of pasta along to the “sounds” coming from the speakers. I do not share his sentiments. I’m having a heart attack - seizure - I am in a coma. About to pass out from the shock of these terrible sounds.
The smoke from the room fills my lungs and my heart thuds deeply along with the awful off beat vibrations of the DJ’s pitchy glitchy set.
Irregular and pained.
My eyes are red and growing teary eyed because of the exhaust coming from the human chimney seated next to me. Black Berlin lungs and red tired eyes longing for sleep. Or just to be asleep.
Glühwein is mulled wine that is usually served around the Holiday months. It is warm and alcoholic and the best part is you can add even more alcohol to it upon request. Trust me I am not an alcoholic but Berlin winters are rough and a little extra rum goes a long way. Also it is SUPER simple to make !
This is the part of my job that I love more than anything - finding amazing sounds and sharing them. This is my song of the day. Also check out my favorite set of his : "Soundtrack for a film that doesn’t exist"
Lovely, gorgeous, simple yet complex Johnny Ripper aka Jean (from Lille, France) cuts a chord & tugs on heart strings with his music. Today he is our SoundClouder of the Day #SCOTD picked by Natalie from the Community Team.