Friday, 29 June 2012

Berlin Ja!

The second part of our trip was Berlin and what a sight to wake up to - Brandenburg gate.
It toward above us as we sipped coffees and nibbled muffins, so wasn't too much trouble to look like intrigued tourists all morning as we pranced around it casually. 
The only glitch was that it was early and cold and we were in singlets. 
Not much of a price to pay for some undoubtedly stunning pictures. 
By lunch we were tucking into traditional currywurst which was, in my opinion, fairly disgusting. 
I was much more fond of the German pasta and a rather boring pizza we had later on. 







We had all bonded dramatically over the last few days in Amsterdam to the point that Berlin really did become a fantastic holiday with friends. 
I found it to be a mesmerizing city full of dark alleyways, graffiti-ed buildings and historic monuments.












Of course I had read about the Berlin wall and had studied the conflicts between East and West Germany in school but visiting the site itself was a completely different and bewildering experience.  
Standing next to the wall itself gave me chills remembering that these things had happened under my feet less than 30 years prior. 
The whole concept of a wall essentially trapping people seemed even more bizarre in person yet made me think of the current segregation in Israel/Palestine and how these occurrences are still a very modern affair.
I found the art work along the wall to be incredibly moving, hope you do too. 







In the afternoon we were checking out one of the coolest building I have possibly ever been into in my life. 
It was an old warehouse type structure that looked like a a bit of a drug inn - not that I've ever been in one of those, but I'm guessing it might look like this. 
There were about 10 floors inside each with abstract artwork, quirky corners and wall to ceiling graffiti. 










Next it was back on the train and onto a tranquil street where Dana bravely gave the skateboard a go. 
In not too long at all we had finished the coach shots and we having our final beers ready to head home. 







The trip was not only one of the most interesting modelling excursions I've ever conducted but was also one of the most fulfilling friendship wise. 
In this day and age I tend to meet and spend time with only new people that are usually like myself.
I've forgotten the days of school and university where you're forced to be friends with people that you might not usually hangout with.
This trip truly felt like that. 
By the final evening we were swapping life stories and had too many in-jokes to keep track of. 
Thank you all for an incredible trip with so many giggles and memories to keep me smiling for a long time to come. 


23 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun cannot believe you got paid to do this!!!!!
    Wow

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  2. Lovely photos. Which place did you prefer more?

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    1. They are both so different. Amsterdam for scenery and Berlin for grunge and the historical wall!!

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  3. Really inspiring photos. Makes me want to travel soooo bad!

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  4. I have been told so many times how amazing Berlin is. It's on my list! Looks like an amazing trip! Lovely blog too. x

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    1. It is incredible. I wouldn't really want to live there but it's a MUST to see it!

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  5. Oooooh so tempted to visit Berlin for a long weekend & I really like your fringe!
    x

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    1. You should you should! Thanks for the comment about the fringe I usually tie it back so it's great to hear :) x

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  6. I love your posts!
    One question though, what do you mean by calling it 'Israel/Palestine'? I ask because Israel is a country (beforehand called the Palestinian Territories, when under the control of the British) and Palestine isn't, however I agree that there is obvious conflict.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      Firstly thanks for taking the time to read my blog and leave a comment.
      What I was referring to is the the Israeli West Bank barrier that currently exists segregating the two populations.
      Whilst in Germany I thought it so bizarre to see the wall that kept East and West Berlin detached but noted that there is still a place in the world where it exists today.

      Hope that clears it up! x

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    2. It does! Thank you so much. I remember when I visited the Berlin Wall in 2005.

      Keep up the lovely posts - I'm a huge fan of yours and I always get very excited when a new post by you shows up in my Bloglovin' feed!

      Sophie x

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    3. That's the sweetest comment ever. Made my day! thx x

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    4. If I could just clarify (it's eating away at me I I don't!) the wall that separates the West Bank and Israel is a security wall, not meant to segregate citizens but to stop the bombs and rockets from coming into Israel. This wall is temporary and 95% chain-link fence - although the media never shows you that part.

      Like you, I would love to see all citizens together in peace! Thanks again for your posts x

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    5. Hi Sophie,

      I'm sorry if I insinuated that they were the same. I realise it is seen as a protective measure against terrorism.
      My point is that is has a similar notion to the Berlin wall and it's 2012!

      x

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    6. "Terrorism"? So you're pro Palestine? What did you base your decision on?

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    7. Ahhh the ambiguity of trying to get my point across. I said, "it is seen as" I was not necessarily saying this was my point of view, I honestly do not know a enough about it.

      My point all along is that comparisons can be made with the wall to this day and age. I do not wish to discuss the Israel/Palestine conflict.

      End of.

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  7. That art gallery plce looks fffing sick. where is it? intense!

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  8. I was in Berlin in March and absolutely loved it, it's such an interesting, diverse city. I thought the East Side Gallery was amazing, you get such a sense of people coming together with their work over something that split the country apart. Your photos are making me want to go back!

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  9. Berlin looks absolutely amazing... even AFTER seeing your Amsterdam photos! The boy and I are looking for a quick weekend get away before we head back to Aus - would you suggest either of these? New follower <3

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    1. Hey hey,

      I would definitely sneak a quick trip to Amsterdam if you can. It's a much more romantic place than Berlin with cute cafe's, walks and the general vibe. Berin has a much more grunge kind of a feel to it which is great as a tourist but maybe not too romantic with les boy!

      Good luck. x

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  10. PS has anyone ever told you that you look soo similar to Alexa Chung?!

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