Can you say … Apfelstrudel ?
That’s right, apfelstrudel … Andrei Photography moved to Germany, yes … the whole team consisting of one person ( that is obviously, myself ) packed up and got on a bus for Berlin. I’ve spent the past week sight seeing and taking in Berlin and I can say, I’m never leaving this place ( well … maybe on holidays and special occasions ). The place is clean and civilized, the metro system is well optimized and easy to follow even if you don’t know a lick of German. Apart from the standardized cuisine that swarms you from every corner of the street such as Starbucks , Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and McDonald’s there are many little and intimate bars where the mood is just right and “mom & pop’s” stores with baked products that are delicious.
That being said, my girlfriend brought me to a really cool Cafe called Extrablatt, where they serve breakfast and have and open bar buffet at lunch, a private smoking lounge ( indoors … finally ! ) , rather dim tungsten lights in the evenings to make the mood just right, good music and and wi-fi . They are situated near the “Wilmersdorf Arcaden” entrance that is close to the Bismarckstraße Metro exit. So come by … and have a coke and a smile 😛
Ze Germans …
So far, all of the German people I’ve met have been friendly and very cool. Contrary to popular belief, they are warm people, who like to interact with tourists, so much so that on occasion they will start a conversation with you out of thin air, inquiring about where you are from and so on. They are respectful and appreciate good manners, and any act of kindness will be well received. A good amount of people speak English, some of them pretty well and most of them speak it just enough to help you out when searching a street or something. Drinking is allowed here in the streets and in the public transportation system, although I’ve only seen people drinking publicly in the evenings, and that’s fair and most welcome.
At the moment, I live in the west part of Berlin , at the north side of a district called Charlottenburg near the Halemweg Metro station in a loft / studio apartment on the roof of a 7 story building and the view is spectacular ( not for the people that are scared of heights ).
If any of you creative people live in Berlin, feel free to drop me a line, maybe we can spawn some art together.