Gentrification

Inevitable?  There are winners and there are losers.

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Torstrasse, Berlin

Berlin local government has banned AirBnB apartments, with the argument that they tie up rental real estate that could be leased to local people.  Seems to be ineffective on every level.  But has led to some interesting graphics.

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Going down the drain

I think I can credit Fe Siseman and David Hodges for my interest in manhole/drain covers. Turns out there is often wonderful civic and creative pride taken in the creation of these basic utility items.

No need for a compass - Berlin

No need for a compass – Berlin

 

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Prague

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Prague

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

One of my favourites, Denmark

One of my favourites, Denmark

Copenhagen flock of birds

Copenhagen flock of birds

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You know you’re in Berlin…

craft meet ups

“Remember boys and girls; use your craft for good not evil.”

… when you sign up for the “craft” Meetups in your neighbourhood hoping to meet some like-minded sewing folk and you’re invited to “Free whip making”.

You know you’re in Berlin…

… when the chemist warehouse doesn’t stock paracetamol, but does sell beer….  and a LOT of herbal everything.

 

You know you’re in Berlin…

DB clock

If I could, I would bring a DB station clock home with me.

… when the kids sigh with disappointment because they have to wait a full FOUR minutes for a train.

You know you’re in Europe when…

… the cars park like this

Smart car parking

or even better… like this

Credit pic - car2go

Credit pic – car2go

or better still…

parking in Amsterdam

You know you’re at Gneisenaustrasse station…

… when the community of homeless and drunks, looks like a community of homeless and drunks BUT their dogs look like they’ve just won ‘Best in Show’ at Crofts…..

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You know you’re in Berlin…

station kiosk

…. when the kiosk on the station platform doesn’t sell tickets, but does sell beer.

 

You know you’re in Berlin…

… when buying beer is cheaper than buying water.

Apparently it's okay to add small children to your beer stein.

Apparently it’s okay to add small children to your beer stein.

Feeling thirsty

It’s rare to get on the train in the morning and not see Germans drinking stubbies of beer. Think of it like a second breakfast.  The collective German ‘behaviour police’ willingly show outrage at eating on public transport, or picking your nose in public… but drinking beer on the 8.07am to Mehringdamm… seems reasonable.

drinking on the ubahn

German beer is subject to very strict laws. The Purity Law Reinheitsgebot which references back to before the 1500’s, states beer can include only; water, barley and hops.  Given how rubbish the Berlin water is… adding hops and barley could only improve it.

But then there’s all the other liquor… what I like most about this liquor is it’s packaging… they are very honest about how you will look or behave once you’ve consumed the contents.

Guaranteeing the transformation from Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde

Guaranteeing the transformation from Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde

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Drink this and I'll put a hex on you!

Drink this and I’ll put a hex on you!

This label disturbs me

This label disturbs me