01 April 2012

Achtung Baby

Eastside Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
March 2012.

Good morning! I'm back from Berlin, and the pictures above are pretty much the only ones worth posting on here - the weather was miserable and I'm sure we had less than five hours of sunshine. I'll be back in Berlin at the end of May and I hope the weather will be better.

Even though there weren't many photo opportunities, I did enjoy my trip. Some of the places we visited were the new museum Topografie des TerrorsCheckpoint Charlie, and Buchstabenmuseum

Max, my friend from work, and I stayed at the place of my friend from London, Sergio, who's been living in Berlin since 2008, and I also met his ex-girlfriend Clara, who's a lovely young lady, for cocktails, and my other friend from London, Sebastian, showed us some places we hadn't heard of yet - awesome coffee shops, a vintage book store owned by an English transvestite, a comic book store, a place selling awesome postcards, and the most famous kebab shop in all of Berlin, Mustafa's
Sebastian is German; his father has worked abroad for the foreign office, which is why Seb was born in South Africa, grew up in Israel and Abu Dhabi, and moved to London when he was in his early teens. We went to school together, and after we graduated, he decided to move to Berlin. 
Both Seb and Serge have worked abroad last year, but now they're back and we had an awesome time together. There's so much going on and the rents are much cheaper than in Hamburg. I've been working really hard these past couple months and I don't like how much I'm spending on rent for a small flat. I'm contemplating a move to Berlin - not now, but at some point in the future.

Blog post title taken from the album by U2. The photographic style (the blue hues) of the photos above are a bit of an homage to Anton Corbijn's lomographic pictures.

Have a nice day.

- Dom


DeeBee L. said...

That's really cool! I love it!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

The pictures are cute and nice. And your trip actually sounds fun, despite all the lack of sun...

Jenny Woolf said...

I think Berlin is very, very cool and interesting, and if I had to live anywhere in Germany it would definitely be Berlin. Why do you live in Germany by the way? I don't think I ever asked ...any particular reason?

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks for all your comments!

I already replied to Jenny's question on her blog, but for all of those who've been asking themselves the same question, here's the answer:
My mum is from Germany. My parents met in the early 1980s, when my mum used to work as an interpreter (she's a cosmetician now); they split up in 2008 and my mum moved back to Germany. I decided to come along... it's been almost four years now and I still don't regret that decision... and I don't plan on moving back before I'm retired. However, I don't plan on spending my entire working life in Germany either - Australia, Canada, Israel and Sweden are all countries I'd love to live in.

Emm said...

Oh, a possible move to Berlin? Interesting! I really relate to your friend. We moved from South Africa to England to Nigeria and back to England then South Africa by my 9th birthday and that doesn't even touch on the scores of countries my dad actually worked in at that time. I couldn't possibly imagine living in the same country now for the rest of my life.

Dominic Doherty said...

Wow! That's quite a restless childhood you had... All the moving I did was from one house to another... actually, only one of my friends has never moved - his parents own a wonderful townhouse on Richmond Green.

Emm said...

Wow, that must be cool for them but it may break their hearts if they ever decide to sell! The longest I have ever stayed in one house was 5 years to the day.

Dominic Doherty said...

I don't think anyone who lives there ever wants to sell their house. :-)