Street

I went to Berlin earlier this year on a college trip. As there were no tutors with us and I was staying at a different hostel from the rest of the group (it had a bar :) ) and I tend to move fast, I spent a lot of the trip on my own which suited me. It was dull all the time and I came down with a cold and Berlin, I think, is more enjoyable for its social life and vibe-which can't be picked up in a few days-than for any great feature or locations that distinguish it from any city anywhere. Still, I liked being somewhere new, the people were friendly (why the Irish have dibs on friendliness I do not know) and there were plenty of things that caught my eye besides all the galleries I visited.

The Berlin Film Festival was on so we caught sight of Julianne Moore coming out of a screening. Earlier I had wandered into the foyer of a screening which was teeming with TV cameras and well dressed helpers waiting for movie stars by way of a tiny vegetarian restaurant which bizarrely shared the facilities with the film venue. I wasn't quite dressed for the part. I also did a personal tour of The Bourne movie locations and spent a pleasant afternoon in a bar sketching, drinking and-a bit of a novelty-smoking without having to step outside. I walked in the Tiergarten, was underwhelmed by the graffiti of the Berlin Wall and  the Brandburg Gate and brought to tears by the undistinguished Checkpoint Charlie. Mostly, as usual, it was the everyday things that caught my eye, the underground, the people, the buildings...

East Side Gallery

Alexanderplatz at night

Street

East Side Gallery

Julieanne Moore

Hauptbahnhof

Ai Wei Wei installation

U-Bahn Station

U-Bahn Station

8sm

U-Bahn Shadows

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

U-Bahn

U-Bahn Station

 

Friedrichshain Night