Author: Felipe Tofani

Make Me a German – A Funny Series from BBC

You have to see Make Me a German below as a british joke on Germany. If you don’t see it like that, i don’t think you will enjoy it as much as i did. If you do, maybe, it will help you with some things that tricked me for a while. Like how productive germans can be, how much do they love beer and potatoes and, of course, how they take care of children. After being here in Berlin for a while, I find it somewhat funny to see the reactions people have to things that I, now, take...

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Christopher John Dewitt in Berlin

Christopher John Dewitt has a tumblr blog filled with Berlin nostalgia from the 70’s and 80’s. You have to take a look at the blog because, choosing the pictures shown here was a hard job and there are lots of cool pictures on his blog. Click on the link below and go through his archive and you will be more than glad you went there. Exploring Berlin through the lens of Christopher John Dewitt in the 70’s and 80’s Christopher John Dewitt in Berlin was last modified: January 15th, 2017 by Felipe...

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Berlin – A City Scarred

Berlin was the largest and most important city in Germany when the Second World War started in 1939. And this city payed the price for being the Reich’s Capital and, in a lot of ways, it still remembers what happened in 1945 in its streets and buildings. When we moved to Berlin back in 2012, we did not think we’d see so many scars of a war that happened so many years ago. Now i know how wrong we were. It is not hard to see buildings with bullet holes from a war that happened over 70 years ago....

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Dicke Marie – Visiting the Oldest Tree in Berlin

Dicke Marie is the name of this tree and it has been here for quite some time. Some 900 years depending of what you believe. Since we chose to believe in that, 900 years it is. When this tree first set the roots on the sandy shores of Tegeler See, there were still bears around the forests. When Berlin got its first mention back in 1244, Dicke Marie was bigger that most of the house in the city and it saw the medieval Berlin grow. It was a saturday afternoon when we decided to explore somewhere in Berlin we never been...

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Our Visit to Krampnitz in August 2013

I decided to spend my last vacation days at the end of August going to places i always thought about going but never manage to go. The most interesting of all  those places was visiting Krampnitz. Since I moved to Berlin, my desire to go off exploring strange and abandoned places grew and that place would be better to explore than an old Soviet barracks? Inspired by some posts I’ve seen around, i had to quit planning and just go. I ended up spending two days there, I took hundreds of photos and got to see everything we expected to see there. I gonna tell it...

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Berlin Soviet Memorial: Treptower Park

The Berlin Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park is the biggest of the three war memorials the USSR left in Berlin after the end of the Second World War.  It was built to the design of the soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky as a memorial for 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin between April and May 1945. It opened four years after World War II on May 8, 1949 and it used to serve as the central war memorial in East Berlin. When you walk around this war memorial, it is quite easy to...

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Guitars Museum in Umeå

Umeå can blame music for placing this northern swedish city in the world map. Bands like Meshuggah and Refused call Umeå home and they are not alone in this. The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Nocturnal Rites, Koma, Naglfar; we could be name dropping bands for quite a while here. But, this is not everything that you can hear in Umeå, the city has also been a base for the Norrland Opera, the opera of northern Sweden. And one of Europe’s oldest and among Scandinavia’s largest modern jazz festivals: the Umeå Jazz Festival. Fotostrasse visits the Guitars Museum in Umeå Last week, we had the...

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Berlin in 1990 In Video

Can you imagine Berlin in 1990? Now, you can see it on a series of youtube videos. The year was 1990 and the Berlin Wall had just fall. And somebody decided to go to Berlin and explore the city with his camera. As always, it is weird to see how much Berlin changed in the last 20 years. The friends on the video above seem to be in Berlin to see the The Wall – Live in Berlin, we believe. This concert happened in july 1990 in the empty space between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a place that was...

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