Author: Felipe Tofani

The First Public Drinking Fountain in London

It might be hard for us to think that public access to clean drinking water wasn’t available to the masses until the middle of the 19th century. That was when The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was established in London, and they did something that nobody had done before. They opened the First Public Drinking Fountain in the world, and you can still visit it today. This is what I did back in February 2017 when I visited London for the first time in five years. I was in the city for a week, but I knew...

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Where to stay in West Berlin: 25hours Hotel Berlin

Our days at the 25hours Hotel Berlin an introduction to the best place to stay in West Berlin ; It’s not that usual for me to stay in a hotel in Berlin but, after I had heard my friend André from Viagem Criativa talking about the best place to stay in West Berlin, I had to find an excuse to stay at the amazing 25hours Hotel Berlin. So, there I was for a couple of days in January, exploring Berlin City West and enjoying what that part of the German capital has to offer. But, this time, I will...

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We Will Forget Soon: An Interview with Dario-Jacopo Laganá

A couple of days ago I sat down with Dario-Jacopo Laganá in Mitte to talk about We Will Forget Soon, his project to document the traces of the Red Army in Germany. I bought a copy of the book We Will Forget Soon, and we schedule a short talk since I wanted to ask him some questions about the places he visited and all the pictures that we took. We ended up talking for a few hours about his blog Elephant in Berlin, history, gentrification, our memories of the city and the relationship between the Soviet Union and DDR...

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The Smallest Police Station in Great Britain

The last time I went to London, I wanted to see something a little bit different than museums and restaurants. And this is how I manage to find the smallest police station in Great Britain. Yeah, this is for real and is located on the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square. If you have been to this square, there is a great chance that you already have seen this but… Since you didn’t know what were you looking, you just ignored it like everybody that went by while I was taking pictures of it on a cold February night earlier...

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Kau Manor: Our Stay in the World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel

Kau Manor used to be the best-kept secret in Northern Europe, but since it won the award for World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel in 2016, this fantastic Estonian hotel has been in the spotlight. We had the pleasure of spending two days and one night there in January 2017 and our experience was beyond amazing. And you can read about it below. Kau Manor can be found thirty minutes away from Tallinn, in the Estonian countryside. This boutique hotel is a much more than just a place to spend the night. Kau Manor is a nature reserve, art and...

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How to enjoy MyFest Kreuzberg in the best way possible

For me, MyFest Kreuzberg is the unofficial open air party that marks the beginning of summer in Berlin. The trees are all green, and you can see people on the streets for the first time in a while. It marks a new season, a new beginning and, since 2012, I try to go there and enjoy myself in the best way possible. During all these years, I learned a lot about MyFest Kreuzberg and how thing work during this lovely day. My first time there was in 2012, and I was living in Berlin for less than two months...

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The Haus: Turning a soon to be demolished Bank into a Temporary Gallery for Street Art

The Haus is Berlin’s newest attraction, and it can only be described as one of these things that only happen in the German Capital. We say this because over 150 artists were invited to turn a disused bank into a temporary gallery for street art. Every room becomes a piece of art, and there are paintings, tags, sculptures and graffiti spread over five floors. But… Everything will only last until demolition day. We arrived at The Haus on a windy Saturday afternoon. The first thing we saw was a large H on the side of a building. The second...

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David Bowie Berlin Concert 1987: The Glass Spider Tour in front of the Reichstag

When David Bowie died, in early 2016, we were not surprised to read a tweet from the German Foreign Office mentioning how he helped bring down the Berlin Wall. We read it and started looking for a David Bowie Berlin Concert so we could see him in action. One of the first items we found was the Glass Spider Tour of 1987 that became legendary for a lot of reasons. Some say it was the worst tour Bowie ever did. Below we’re going to explain you this concert in Berlin. In June 1987, David Bowie performed in front of...

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