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When we decided to meet in Myanmar in the end of the year we did not know that this was going to happen for real. Three girls with the same fate brought together by accident.

Only ten days time tightened up our plans to explore the country known as the golden land. Being isolated about thirty years from the rest of the world this destination showed us the most friendly people, a not developed for tourism spot out in this world, delicious Shan Noodle and Shwe Gyi which we tried to test through the whole trip, a temple landscape more impressing than Angkor Wat, e-bikes that introduce the sustainable idea of tourism, floating gardens, one leg rower and much more.

Arriving in Yangong a warm welcome to Myanmar by our friend with garlicful currys and strong mochitos let us stay awake far too long before going on a 10 hour bus ride to Bagan the next morning.

What a beauty. What a mystic place on earth – Bagan.

Actually we wanted to go hiking in Kalaw. Due to the circumstances we did not make it. German coffee time at the Amara Mountain Resort made our afternoon. Going on a train ride through the country was suggested in our travel guide. As the train derailed before we even boarded we took a crazy bus ride with the locals instead.

Inle Lake the next stop of our trip we arrived to celebrate the light festival, watch the morning procession and finally relax at the pool.

Back to Yangon we explored the city and enjoyed the last days together. Goodbye summer.

 

 

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Beautiful Pai.

After a wonderful time in Lao we arrived to Thailand by land.

One day in Chiang Rai with banana breakfast and a visit at a temple.

A visit at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous Temple in the area, standing near the top of Mount Suthep to the north-west of the city of Chiang Mai. Here I got this white wristband from a monk.

In the streets of Chiang Mai we found this little delicious bakery. Staying in Asia for a longer time awakens the desire of real bread.

My travel fellow has a passion for great food and places to stay (and I love her for this characteristic). In Pai she found us the most amazing two floor bamboo house on a fish farm outside the city within the rice fields. As the place was actually closed but she somehow did manage to sneak us in the kitchen was officially closed but they had tea and bananas. Those bananas can not be described in taste but for sure those were the best ones in our whole lives. When not hanging around in our hammocks we were cruising with our scooters through the magical green hilly landscape. It felt a little like at the end of the world. Hippie heaven in the middle of nowhere. No not everything was delicious we tried at the food market notably the fresh coconut banana pancakes sold by an old lady made us come back.

Pai is located in the mountains north of Chiang Mai. One gets there by bus or mini van. Arriving that little paradise at night we did have a pretty nightmare getting back and had never felt that travel-sick. But the trip is definitely worth it.

Again in Chiang Mai we did board the night train to Bangkok for our flight to Myanmar and found ourselves in the children and women carriage.

 

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Past Sunday the New Yorker producer / actrice / newcomer author Lena Dunham paid us a visit in Berlin. The proud owners of one of the precious tickets could see Dunham at Deutsches Theater in an one-hour talk with editor in chief, Christoph Amend from Zeitmagazin. The interview was part of the series “Im Gespräch mit” from Zeitmagazin. So much said so far: the author didn’t read a single word from her book “Not That Kind Of Girl” (the official reason of the event) but there was a lot to laugh about.

The light goes off, a devoutly silence in the hall and there she comes – slightly ducked and a bit clumsy thanks to her platform heels in a green summer dress – Lena Dunham enters the stage. She scans the audience with a searching gaze against the bright spotlight until she seems to recognize someone. With ostentation she sticks out her tongue. The audience is delighted. The first quite professional seeming Christoph Amend seems rather bashful after gushing welcome from Dunham (including a kiss on the hand). But he luckily recovers rather quickly and begins a relaxed conversation about Dunham’s celebrity dog and her parents. Private questions seem to be no problem for the American artist as the 28-old reveals almost everything in her TV series “Girls” as well as in her autobiography “Not That Kind Of Girl”. How practical that questions about her work reveal intimate confessions of the New Yorker girl. But is there still something we don’t already know?

Lena Dunham is notorious for her bluntness in everything she does. Nothing is sugar-coated or kept – especially what isn’t perfect is set into focus. With one or two kilos too much on the scale, the permanent urge to talk about herself (no matter if with the best friend or the whole world) and the thematization of compulsion neuroses Dunham is perhaps the most human star one can imagine.

„My name is Lena, I´m from New York City, I´m a feminist and I love snacks!“

A lot of the things she shares this night in her loud voice feels familiar. The people she describes remind me of caricatures of people I know and so feels probably the rest of the audience, too. They smile knowingly around me when Dunham talks about “platonic bed sharing” (if you share your bed with a guy without sleeping with him, so you don’t feel lonely). Also the girls around me all look as if they could be playing a role in “Girls” themselves. So where is the difference between the girl on stage and the ones following her each and every word?

To be honest, there is no big difference. Dunham’s book is a similar read to my sister’s diary: very amusing but rhetorical not outstanding. And also the question about her political position as a feminist, Dunham answers quite simple with the explanation “I’m not a politician.” (Btw. she thinks Obama is “hot”). Just to be clear, I have no intention to place myself on the side of the “Dunham haters” (from which you can actually find quite a lot). Even if this event seems more like a mass-fan-event where the book is only decoration on the little coffee table between the two talkers, I do think that Dunham has something important to say.
In opposite to the character Hannah who Dunham plays in her TV series, who wants so much but fails again and gain by blocking herself, Dunham has found a way to point attention to subjects that matter. Of course her book tells us nothing outstanding but the fact that she talks so freely about issues that are rather taboos in society makes it a sensation itself. In “Girls” it is said that Hannah doesn’t want to be THE voice of her generation but A voice. Lena Dunham herself managed this quite successful. It is more important to her to share her personal experiences (however intimate they may be) instead of protecting herself. By doing so Dunham gives her voice to a generation of mid-20s girls (and probably also guys!) and as a sort of best friend makes all the issues public that secretly drive us all nuts. Thanks for that dear Lena!

In fact there was unfortunately no discussion of the truly interesting passages of “Not That Kind Of Girl” (I only say: condom in the indoor plant alias the rape scene), as Christoph Amend preferred to read his favorite passages from the book, but I still took a few new thoughts with me when I left the theater:

1.    You can be a feminist and be on a diet at the same time.
2.    Sharing is truly caring!
3.    It doesn’t matter what you do, it only matters that you really do it.
4.    The new season of “Girls” (in Germany from April 2015, in the US from January) will be the best of all.

 

written by Marie Krutmann.

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Thanks to last nights presentation of woman.made‘s collection ‘This is our Youth’ we finally made it to the Boum concept store.

Located at Tempelhofer Ufer the store unites delicious food and goods with each other. While having lunch or coffee one can shop in the integrated shop. Since last night the product range of tea, perfume, bursting bubbles, schnapps and candles made by native creatives has been extended by the well combinable jewelry woman.made collection.

The cosy get together with a glas of Berliner Winter and goulash soup whets appetite for more lunch and coffee breaks at the Boum concept store. For all workaholics and late bloomer in christmas shopping this is a nice spot to shop while having a break.

 

Boum – Delicious Goods

Tempelhofer Ufer 32

10963 Berlin – Gleisdreieck

 

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Coming from a long long relationship I never listened to the meaning of songs, never read the page-one story of magazines, never could understand some of my girlfriends’ experiences and never gave helpful advice.

Spat out of this relationship after about nine years and my nearly missed out twenties I find myself confronted with an universe I still do not understand nor want to. Everyone looking for love deep inside but actually fucking around behind its own wall of stories, lies and self-deceit. Berlin the city of the boundless possibilities. The city of boundless sex and undefined relationships. Why only have one if I can have them all. Talking to our parents generation they think we are not willing to commit and being to picky. After committing eternal faithfulness for nearly a decade and hitting the floor more than hard I see reasons for being more questioning.

I do listen to all this songs more carefully now. Ronan Keating’s ‘when everything’s made to be broken’ or Flo Rida’s ‘can you blow my whistle baby’ are not just made up lyrics they are a mirror of reality. Page-one stories are reflecting existing problems. My friends stories are not more crazy than the ones of others and yes as my best friend always said ‘life is a soap’ unfortunately without script and a key to press pause. First lessons learned but the good advices will take more time.

Yesterday evening from 5pm-11pm ( oficially 10pm, which is why the police paid us a visit in the end and moved the party inside) GORDON Café and Recordstore celebrated Grand Opening in Berlin.

The talented guys from Legotek Records from Tel Aviv made their long time dream come true and opened a Recordstore with coffee place and bar in Berlin’s upcoming neighborhood Rixdorf / Neukölln. The cozy space at Allerstraße 11 (near U-Bahn Boddinstraße) has a bright café area and a smaller room with DJ booth and records in the back where they played groovy music and offered drinks and homemade Israeli food. Most of the happy guests ignored the fact that fall is on its way to Berlin and sat outside and mingled. It was a beautiful atmosphere, great sound, charming hosts and a lot of fun!

I was impressed with their ambitious opening times: mon-fri 8am – 10pm and on the weekends (only) 12 hours – from 10 to 10! But as these guys serve premium roasted coffee from THE BARN chances are high that the first guests will already drop in every morning at 8 to get great coffee and some nice tunes as a start into their day! We wish GORDON all the best and will come back soon!

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Mutterland is a trendsetting delicatessen store, founded in 2007 by designer and gastronome Jan Schawe, it has an online shop and three branches in Hamburg, Germany, today. Schawe wanted to turn his own life philosophy into a business. Values like fair trade and payment, organic production and sustainable wrapping play a big role in the concept store. Next to well chosen homemade curiosities Mutterland also sells for example daily fresh salads and breads.

To have a full view of the range of products as well as a feeling of this lovely created place we highly recommend to try it out by yourself!

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It’s not only spring in the air. Our favourit ice cream place in Berlin Kreuzberg opened up its window this weekend. From normal over soya and organic ice cream, convential and extravagant flavour there is something for each of us.

Today’s favourit pick: vegan cucumber- lime- basil. What a taste orgasm.

 

Where to find Tanne B?

Marheineke Halle, Marheineke Platz 15, 10961 Berlin or

Lausitzer Platz, Eisenbahnstr. 48, 10997 Berlin.

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Statistically the weed use in Berlin rose within the last years. One of three is taking drugs in the German capital. Of those smoking, only every third enjoys normal cigarettes. In return people drink less hard alcohol and are less addicted to nicotine.

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Saigon/ street food/ authentic decoration/ people – District Môt, Berlin.

 

Standing in front of the restaurant sets you into holiday mood. Entering this with love for the detail designed place feels like being in Saigon without a long distance flight. The food is authentic and delicious. The service nice and fast. They even have a little market stand to buy things and take them home.

Thanks to the friend of a friend who suggested us to try it out. We will come back and so should you!

 

District Môt

Rosenthaler Straße 62

10119 Berlin

 

Designer/ Model/ Celebrity/ DJane/ Hipster/ Buyer/ Partyhopper/ …, January 2014.

 

Open up the curtains. Roll out the red carpet and off we go its Berlin Fashion Week again.

Berlin lives from the tourism despite two seasons of the year when its fashion tourism. Stressed but well dressed people hustle from one fair to another fashion show and back. As time is limited and one does not want to put himself on the line to get stuck in a traffic jam, miss a shuttle or even a free drink at a new fashion hot spot its important to dress up smart in the morning or bring a big bag to change within the tight schedule.

Getting up early on Wednesday we started the day at Bread and Butter Berlin – Ich bin ein Berliner. Followed by PANORAMA Berlin to check out the relevant urban and contemporary fashion trends for autumn/ winter 2014/ 2015. Seeing Marcel Ostertag opening his own defilee in a cream coloured robe at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week tent. His collection for powerful women; leather optic, silk, fake fur dresses, see through chiffons, sequin embroideries in cream, blue, black and white. Next stop the Opening Reception of Mila Et Mila Showroom Shop Gallery: beautifully oscillated jewelry. Stopping by at PANORAMA’s Swing up to the 20’s party. Dancing at the Esther Perbandt’s after show party surrounded by completely enthusiastic people – still under the spell of the earlier show at Volksbühne Berlin. Fashion Week Nights are long – a burlesque spectacle welcomed us at Bassy Club to celebrate Lena Hoschek’s show.

A crazy day at Berlin Fashion Week. Thanks for having us. We will be back in summer.

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Tel Aviv/ Jerusalem/ Wailing Wall/ beach/ Church of Nativity/ pilgrimage/ … – Israel.

Good morning Tel Aviv. Waking up with an wonderful view of the coast side, shopping at Azrieli HaShalom Center and a wonderful dinner with sea view. Hummus, fish, falafel, freshly baked bread and delicious chocolate cake for desert. Later that night cocktails at the beach. 11p.m. still 25°C end of november. 

An early wake up call the next day and on the road to Jerusalem. Passing ghettos, colonies built in Jerusalem stone, dry as well as cultivated landscapes. A tour at the Wailing Wall, a look at the Church of Nativity and a glance at the al-Aqsa-mosque. Nowhere else one might be closer to religious history and currentness of disputes.

Résumé for the last 48h: what a fascinating country between history, disputes and a new generation of people who want a change.

A bus, a tent, a very old analoge camera, two weeks time and four brave friends looking for the adventure of their summer.

 

Berlin/ Glashütte/ Wien/ Graz/ Piran/ Orsera/ Porec/ Rovinj/ Bale/ Outlook- Fort de la Punta/ Prematura/ Pula/ Plitvice Lakes National Park/ Linz/ Lochau/ Berlin, July-September 2013

 

Starting right after work we arrived late in Glashütte, a little town in Saxony traditionally known for its clock crafts. First critically eyeballed ending up in the only open bar – having beer with the locals.

Next day after a nine hour drive on the czech motorway we arrived to Vienna. Mission Viennese Schnitzel; as big as the plate, with potato salad on an extra plate and beer. Unfortunately it was raining.

Starting of with a desire of sun we stopped in Graz and stayed over night; climbed the castle hill and enjoyed the 360 degree sight over the city, went shopping in the old town with its little alleys and shops. Walked the bridge of the Murinsel by night and imagined the frightening power of the Mur.

Back on the road, music up, windows open, leaving Austria heading to the Slovenian coast. The seaside appearing in front of us- Italy on the right Croatia on the left. A stop in Piran to take a first fresh breeze of the sea and to buy kilos of Fleur de Sel (Piranske Soline) which is gotten from a near by Fleur de Sel plantation.

After leaving Slovenia, just passed 100 metres of nowhere, we entered Croatia. Not beeing prepared at all we were driving along the coastside. Already night time we got a space at a camping ground in Orsera and a fat thunderstorm on top. The next day brilliant sunshine, our tent up in the second row to the sea (many campers come to the same ground for decades- which made us unprepared just arrived birds of paradise to an attraction).

Based in Orsera we explored the urban hinterland. Porec is on the World Heritage List. In Rovinj we lost our hearts – what a beautiful town on a rock, a spiral road leads one to the top. In charming bars one can watch the sunset while having a drink. Bale – reported to be a artist town – was rosting during lunch time.

Time to move. The next camping ground emerged as Fort de la Punta which was hosting the OUTLOOK Festival 2013 at that weekend. Time to dance at that amazing breathtaking location. Pula the city with an well sustained amphitheatre is worth visiting.

In Prematura (a national park in the very south of Istrien) it was time to enjoy this unbelievable crystal clear water again. Swimming in the sea after getting up from a tent is the best morning exercise in the world.

Final stop in Croatia was the Plitvice Lakes National Park in the very west of the country. Lets do not talk about how and when we got there. Fact is we arrived at Branka’s Appartment House (Branka is an old slavic name and means armament- just for the few of us who had their doubts and expected a giant). Branka an unbelievable nice host (found on airbnb). At the Plitvice Lakes National Park the Winnetou movie was shot. An unbelievable natural spectacle with blue blue clear water.

Time to say goodbye. On our way back a stop in in Linz: expecting a perfection of Linzer Tortes. Not successful, learning effect – do not think in stereotypes.

Last stop of our trip a tiny village in the Upper Palatinate. Nothing to see, nothing to do but two weeks laundry.

Arriving in Berlin Saturday night, more than 3000 kilometres behind us we are still friends and willing to do it again.

 

The bus was us a great home.

The tent is bigger than expected and waterproof.

The very old analoge camera did not survive the trip. R.I.P.

Two weeks time are not enough to capture this delightful spot.

Four brave friends found the adventure of their summer.

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Winters in Berlin are long and cold. Time to pack your clothes and escape to sunny places. That does not always mean to go to Asia – we went to Marrakesh and enjoyed the oriental breeze.

 

Marrakesh, Morocco. March 2013

The souks of Marrakesh; aromatic, colourful, noisy, tight and angled, full of surprises, strangers and seem never ending. To get an idea and escape from the hustle and bustle get on one of the rooftop bars and enjoy the sights of the atlas, buildings and busy city while having a glas of fresh peppermint tea (Café des Epices or KOSY BAR).

A must see is the Jardin Majorelle formerly Yves Saint Laurent’s home and inspiration. Still not tired? -take a carriage to the Menara Gardens and watch the sun go down. You even can ride a dromedary. Finishing up the day at a cosy hamam or with an oriental dinner (Le Marrakchi).
Home is far far away.

University of Cambridge

Someday we come to a point where things in life start to be a long time ago.

For example when a school invites you for a reunion dinner, when you meet up with people who are grown up now- but you still share youth secrets and memories of the best times of your lives. A secure time, having the idea of no borders, exploring love, sex and friendship. Just look into yourself think about those endless summers/ places/ people that give you back this unique feeling.

 

Cambridge my Dear, thanks for having me <3

Speaking mannequins, amazing dresses, gender confusion and show pieces. Design and curating wise was the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitions in Stockholm’s Arktiketurmuseet a Spectacle for all senses!

“Anyone with a heart-shaped pump will exit his fashion world seduced, lifted, entertained, moved, appy. Gaultier is alive and unforgettable”
TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ – Colette.fr

 

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
15 June – 22 September 2013

 

I often couldn’t stop laughing, because he is such an over the top genius full of skills and irony!

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There is no better place to be in Stockholm in autumn than on the roof of the only student house in Gamla Stan. It is a beautiful old house from which you see all tourists in the seize of ants. The view over the old town is stunning and if you are lucky someone might just be celebrating a crayfish party up there! Cheers!

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