Author: Felipe Tofani

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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Knut and Friends: The story of a polar bear in the Berlin Zoo

When I think about the Berlin Zoo, one thing comes to my mind, and it’s the polar bear called Knut. Born in December 2006, Knut was a polar bear born in the Berlin Zoo that became so popular that his presence increased zoo attendance by 30%. Yeah, everybody loved Knut, but he is not longer with us. His sad story is one of the reasons why I believe the documentary Knut and Friends is something that every animal lover should watch. Knut and Friends tell the story of Knut, the famous polar bear from the Berlin Zoo, and shows...

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Berlin Riots: The 1953 Uprising of Workers in East Germany

If you ever wondered why Strasse des 17. Juni has its name, you have to watch this short movie from British Pathé from the Berlin Riots of 1953. This short movie is not a documentary but a newsreel report about the uprising of workers against the Communist Regime in East Germany. This is the real deal, not an interpretation of what happened. If you don’t know what was happening back on June 17th, 1953, let us try to explain to you. The Second World War ended a few years before and Germany was split into 4 areas. The largest...

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