Author: Felipe Tofani

Where did David Bowie live in Berlin?

During the seventies, Berlin was a city scarred by a war and by a wall the split it in half. This was the city where David Bowie and Iggy Pop decided to live, trying to escape the drug culture of Los Angeles. But where did David Bowie live in Berlin? During the time of singles like Golden Years and Fame, David Bowie was living on the commercial success of his Thin White Duke period. But he wasn’t happy. His behavior was growing erratic and he blamed his drug addiction. And he wanted to change his life, he wanted to...

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Total Records: The Art of Vinyl & Photography at C/O Berlin

Total Records: The Art of Vinyl & Photography From December 2016 to the end of April 2017 at C/O Berlin ; Without its cover, an album is just a black vinyl disc. But, with its cover, it becomes something magical that captures our eyes and turns music into something more. You don’t even need to close your eyes to remember four guys walking in a crosswalk, a baby under water trying to catch a dollar bill, a yellow banana… Everybody knows what are those and this is why Total Records at C/O Berlin is such an interesting exhibition. For...

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A Lot of Reasons to visit Helsinki in Winter

Six Reasons to Visit Helsinki in Winter It's not that hard to survive winter in Finland and enjoy everything that Helsinki has to offer ; Most of my friends think I’m crazy when I mention how much I love visiting Helsinki in winter. As I write this, I have been to Helsinki six times and I was there during winter twice and I loved Helsinki more every time that I went there. But if you ask me why do I love the Finnish capital so much, I wouldn’t be able to explain to you in words. But I gonna...

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Verkehrskanzel: Berlin’s Only Traffic Control Pulpit Left from the Fifties

I have been to West Berlin a few hundred times but, for me, that part of the city is still a mystery. Sometimes you look into a different direction and something completely new pops up before your eyes. This is what happened to me one day when I left Kurfürstendamm U-Bahn and looked up at the subway exit at Joachimstaler Strasse. There was a prismatic building looking over the street and I had no idea what is was. After some online research, a name came to me: Verkehrskanzel. Located in Kurfüstendamm, the Verkehrskanzel is the last surviving traffic tower in...

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A Winter Walk Among the Cobbled Streets of Cesky Krumlov

When I first visited the Czech Republic in early December 2016, I knew I wanted to see more than just Prague. Not that there is a problem with exploring only Prague but I wanted to see a little bit more and this is how I ended up discovering the beauty that is Cesky Krumlov. This fairy tale town is located a little more than three hours by car from Prague and it was one of the highlights of the time I spent in the Czech Republic. If you’re wondering why just scroll down to see the pictures that I...

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Our Visit to the Soviet Statue Graveyard in Tallinn

The Soviet Union had a strange obsession with statues. But the Soviet Union is gone for a long time now and where have all these statues gone? I’m not sure about most of them but I manage to find some in what could be described as a Soviet Statue Graveyard in Tallinn. And I’m here to share with you what I saw there. The last century wasn’t the best one for Estonia. The county fought Nazi Germany and then the Soviets and lost. It was only in 1991 that Estonia was finally free. But the scars of years of...

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How living in Berlin can make you a better person

Moving to Berlin was something that changed my life completely. I didn’t know that before coming here and I wasn’t ready for all of this. But, living in Berlin changed my habits, my way of seeing things and I’m pretty sure I’m not the same guy that left Brazil anymore. And I blame Berlin for that. Maybe it’s just living abroad. Maybe it’s Germany. But I prefer to believe that living in Berlin is the reason why I believe I became a better person, somehow. Below you can take a look at some of the reasons why I believe...

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Berlin from Above: The Amazing View from the Park Inn Hotel Alexanderplatz Viewing Platform

—What if I told you that the best place to see Berlin from above is not the on the huge TV Tower in the middle of Alexanderplatz? It might sound weird at first but it makes a lot of sense after you think about it. Do you want to take pictures of Berlin with its main tourist spot in there right? So, you need to go somewhere where the TV Tower can be seen. Somewhere as tall as the tower but way less crowded. That place exists and it is the Park Inn Hotel Alexanderplatz Viewing Platform and I...

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