Berlin - February
I'm really delayed posting about this trip to Berlin, so late that I have even been back since (post to come later). In February I went back for a long weekend to see my lovely friend Bianca and get a new tattoo! Every time I am there I feel the same appreciation for what a unique city it it. Each time I visit I find more amazing graffiti, eat great food, meet interesting people and have a blast going out. As always, Berlin delivered.
For years I have wanted a music tattoo but wasn't sure what to get. I am not a musician, just an appreciator. When David Bowie died in January I was surprisingly sad, I love Bowie but was genuinely upset when I learned of his death. I decided that Bowie is the ideal music tattoo, in addition to his prolific career he has influenced so many people. He was music, art and the perfect example of someone who is genuinely who they are without apology. It's something I think when I get a little surprised to see such a visible tattoo on my arm - no apologies. It was done at Craftz Tattoo in Friedrichshain and I am so happy with it. The artist (whose name escapes me) drew just what I was picturing but couldn't execute and the work came out beautifully.
Saturday we wandered the city, checked out some shops and then went to the Staatliche Museum for a photography exhibit by Helmut Newton. His catalogue of images is expansive and interesting, Artsy is a great resource for exhibitions and information on Newton. It was a rainy day, so good for more indoor activities. The museum was nice and they had a diverse collection showing.
We had amazing burgers for dinner at Burger AMT in Friedrichshain, I had a full on food baby after. I loved the doc about train graffiti writers being projected on the wall.
Saturday evening we did a bit of club hopping. After somehow getting in to a private party at Sisyphus and then being discovered when our friends were not so subtle we went to the Watergate. It was a nice club with a gorgeous view of the river but it was a bit small and wasn't totally my thing. I really prefer something a bit dingier. We still danced and enjoyed ourselves though!
I left Berlin on the Sunday, once again pleased with a fantastic weekend!