Riding the Old-Time Rails // Charming retro trams in Köpenicker Forest

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Some things are so self-evident, they don’t require justification. For example, sunny weather is good. Autumn is nicer than winter. And old-fashioned trams with wood-trimmed windows and brass bells that ding are simply more fun to ride than modern ones. For example, the very cute, very cool old-school tram line still running at the edge of ...

Hey, look! I wrote a book!

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For as long as I've been living in Berlin (more than nine years!) I've been writing about Berlin. This scarred, unruly, beautifully complicated and endlessly inspiring city I call home is both my muse and one of my favourite subjects. On this blog and elsewhere, I've been lucky to have many opportunities to tell the ...

A Peephole to the Past // The Kaiserpanorama at Märkisches Museum

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"There was no music in the Kaiserpanorama – in contrast to films, where music makes traveling so soporific. But there was a small, genuinely disturbing effect that seemed to me superior. This was the ringing of a little bell that sounded a few seconds before each picture moved off with a jolt, in order to make ...

Your New Favourite Little Movie Theatre: Il Kino in Neukölln

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Forget Netflix. Nevermind online streaming. Sometimes, nothing beats going to see a movie the old-fashioned way: you know, putting on actual clothes, leaving the house, and going to sit in a theatre with one's fellow mankind to be entertained for 90+ minutes. I like going to the movies with friends (provided they're not the kind ...