The worst blogger in the world reports for duty! It’s been a while.. I know but there has been so many things happening in my life recently that all these different tactics used by my family and friends like teasing, banter, compliments or even demands for more travel writing could not change the fact that my blog was.. let’s be honest… neglected.
With drafts of stories saved away and my laptop practically exploding with amount of photographs I have taken in the last year I am really sad that NOT AT HER DESK was never on the agenda. I could be full of excuses but I will not. At the end of the day it was my choice.
For a long time I have been plotting this “come back”. There has been so many opportunities, hooks, interesting angles to pick it up again. Anyway.. I am here now!
Last year on April the 1st, my amazing 6 month trip was over, I was back in Europe and back in Poznan. The spring and summer months in Poland, from time to time sort of in between Warsaw and Berlin were vital so I could reconnect with important places, faces and spaces.
After a couple of months my determination to find a job opportunity in Berlin paid off and in August with a great help from my dearest friends, I relocated there, making Germany my step-motherland number 3. Yet again, everything was in motion, turning upside down and it was not just a matter of relocation, moving from one place to another. It was about adopting to new circumstances, changes in perspectives and perceptions and getting inspired by it, even if at first it is not all plain sailing.
So what is the plan? Definitely to share with you how cool Berlin is and post some of my older stories from Asia. I am back and I missed writing for pleasure.
Not at her desk is all about storytelling, collaboration, inspiration and most importantly about passions. I am very happy to introduce my first guest, Katy and her perspective on the music scene in Berlin, without any doubt a place where she is in her element and can follow her passions.
A guide to Berlin’s alternative treasures by Katy Peichert
A summer in the city that never sleeps can be a very intense experience. Short and often very hot days turn into nights and warm nights into days just in the blink of an eye. A growing number of tourists visits Berlin too. This year it has been considered the third most visited city in Europe after Paris and Rome.
The symbol of division
Last year marked 25th anniversary of historic political changes in Eastern Europe and Berlin due to its significance was at the heart of it. Poland celebrated its silver anniversary on the 4th of June. Although I do not remember the 1989 parliamentary elections, I will never forget my parents’ excitement the following year, when they finally had a chance to vote in the first democratic presidential elections.
As Communism began to falter and the changes behind the Iron Curtain were in motion, the 9th of November marked the fall of the Berlin Wall. It became a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War and the end of an era.
Berlin Wall Memorial
When visiting Berlin it is difficult to omit any of its landmarks related to the Wall. They are an important part of the city and they are certainly very influential. Cutting-edge developments, alternative spirit and creative energy? Yes, Berlin has it and to large extent because of its past.
The scars of the past
The idea about visiting an abandoned US spy station in Berlin was in my head for a long time. Finally in January, on a first day of the New Year, I had a chance to take a trip up the Devil’s Mountain, the Teufelsberg. Exploring the remains of that interesting Cold War’s relic was a slightly chilling, very exciting and even more memorable experience. What a way to start 2015!
Abandoned Listening Station in Berlin
Surrounded by the Grunewald Forest, Teufelsberg is a popular area to drop by during the weekend. It has its genesis in turbulent history of the 20th century though. The name of the hill is taken from the nearby Devil’s Lake and it was made out of the war rubble. There is also the never completed Nazi military-technical college buried underneath it. A layer on top of another layer of the past.
Radar dome at the Teufelsberg