Author: Felipe Tofani

Going Local in San Francisco with Carol Guttery

Carol Guttery runs the Wayfaring Views travel website. She provides advice on independent travel and alternative itineraries designed to help people travel on their terms. If you want to visit SF, check out her list of totally cool, weird and unusual things to do in San Francisco. Going Local in San Francisco with Carol Guttery Take a self-guided walking tour of street art in the Mission. San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood boasts an evolving immigrant history. It was once a Spanish settlement which evolved into a series of German, Irish and Italian communities before becoming a predominantly Latino neighborhood in...

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Escaping East Germany: Swimming Across the Spree into West Berlin in Video

It was a warm Sunday in August 1988 when a group of tourists visiting Berlin caught something unexpected across the Spree River. There were people escaping East Germany, and everything can be seen in the video below. It was August 21, 1988, and four people decided to risk their lives crossing the Spree River in an attempt of escaping East Germany in hope for freedom in West Berlin. Three men and a woman risked their lives and watching it today make everything look like a distant event in the past, but that was Berlin at the time. As the...

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Berlin – The Inner Layer by Alex Soloviev

Alex Soloviev has a way of capturing life in the streets of Berlin. He shows how Berlin can be loaded with energy at the same time that he shows the tension behind everything that happens here. And, in The Inner Layer, he does this so well that we had to do a short post about his work. If you have been following Fotostrasse for a while, the name Alex Soloviev might ring a bell. We featured his work here, back in 2016. The movie we are mentioning is called Everyday Berlin, and it’s a visual poem to a quiet...

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Rüya Gemüse Kebab is the Best Chicken Döner in Berlin

Rüya is one of many hidden secrets that Berlin keeps at plain sight. I have been in front of this diner kebab imbiss in Schöneberg too many times to count but I finally visited the place in late September 2017, and now I know why so many people consider it to have the best chicken döner in Berlin. Rüya can be found on Haupstraße, close to where David Bowie used to live in Berlin, and needs to be visited by more people since its döner is delicious. But most people that visit Berlin will continue to make the mistake...

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Deutsches Zusatzstoffmuseum: A Visit to the German Food Additives Museum in Hamburg

When we were researching things to do in Hamburg, a small museum caught our eye with a different proposal. Called Deutsches Zusatzstoffmuseum, the German Food Additives Museum is dedicated to explaining the use of various chemicals and other substances that are present in the food that we eat every day. If you have been following Fotostrasse for a while, you know that we like to explore unusual places, this small museum was precisely what we were looking for. Hidden away behind too many unfriendly gates, the German Food Additives Museum is one of those rare places that makes you...

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Prizeotel Hamburg-City: A Budget Design Hotel for Everybody

Prizeotel Hamburg City is a budget design hotel located a few minutes walking from Hamburg’s central train station and bus station. Very close to Hafencity, this hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood, had a fantastic shower and a huge bed that will make you sleep like a king. Designed by the famous Karim Rashid, this is a design hotel on a budget that beyond great. Continue reading, and you will understand why! A couple of months ago, Nick Cave announced a new tour around Europe and I knew that I needed tickets to see it live. I tried...

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Superbude is the Best Hotel & Hostel in Hamburg St. Pauli

Superbude is the Best Hostel in Hamburg St. Pauli If you're looking for a place to stay in Hamburg, look no further! ; If you are looking for a place to stay in Hamburg St. Pauli, you don’t need to look any further since I’m here to share with you my Superbude review and tell you my experience staying there. This is one of the most excellent design hostels in Germany, and you will not regret spending your time there when you visit Hamburg. I arrived at Superbude in the middle of the afternoon on my final day in...

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Konrad H. Jarausch explains the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall on a TED-ED video animation

It was Sunday when the Berlin Wall started being built. August 13, 1961, to be more precise. Construction workers took their machines to the streets with cops and military forces on their side. This is how Berlin woke up in that summer Sunday so many years ago. The Berlin Wall started small, but it became one of the most infamous dividing lines in history. On the video below, you will learn with Konrad H. Jarausch how this wall was built, why it came to exist and how it fell. The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall – Konrad...

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