Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When the cat is gone

I am now in Milan after a trip with my parents, and it is true what people told me; Milan is a ghost town this time of year.  It is very lonely! The upside though is that my house-mate is also on holiday which leaves the apartment free for me to sing and dance,  the best is I don't even have to put on pants :-D I am actually supposed to get some work done but I spend a lot of it creating mixes to dance around with. So here is my underwear-sing-out-loud-because-the-neighbours-aren't-here dance list :) . 

1. She's got you high - Mumm-ra
2. Warrant - Foster The People
3. Campus - Vampire Weekend
4. After Hours - We are scientists
5. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye ft. Kimbra
6. Just like heaven - The Cure
7. Rolling in the deep  (Villa remix) - Adele
8. Crazy for you - Best Coast

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Watching tourists, Firenze

Firenze, Flash the Mime

Unfortunate angle, Firenze

Sometimes one just happen to not concentrate where one takes pictures and what one aims at when having the happy snappy tourist syndrome. And me being short  and then there is giant public sculptures - don't stand so close to it when taking pictures: limited points of view.  Wooaaah!!!!  I am amazed at how much detail one can carve in stone ;-)  

Funny story though, my mother said that she came to Italy in the 70's, and being an Afrikaans girl living in a very conservative, censored and isolated South Africa then, these sculptures shocked the hell out of her :-D

Monday, August 15, 2011

Colour, Firenze

I don't know this lady but  I was mesmerised by the colours she wore. It stood out between all the people and the grey walls. Also it is reminiscent of the ice cream (gelato) that we ate a lot of.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Berlin in grey

Quick Berlin Guide

This is a little late but I've been away, but here it is :)

Berlin is a big city and not easy to immediately get a feel for especially when staying only a few days. With big modern buildings and wide streets and a very extensive public transport system it can be quite overwhelming at first,  if it rains it can be grey and with its history a little heavy; but with some wanderlust and some tips from people who know something one will definitely discover what everyone is going on about.  I decided to write a little quick Berlin guide to narrow it down at least a little bit 

1.        All trips is better when done with a partner in crime –  a besty  is the best travel companion and can  turn even the grey days into fun.

2.       Cheap accommodation – a trip always feels more successful when the accommodation offers value for money, in this case we felt very content with our hostel Amstel House. One gets a double room at 17.50 euro  p/p a night, with clean facilities, very sociable  foyer and bar. It is situated in the more quiet Alt-Moabit area and is close to a metro which makes it easy to get around.  

3.       Do pack an umbrella and a coat, it was in the middle of July but we had two days of cold wet weather.

4.       Kreuzberg, a hip, grimy area with quaint cafe’s, vintage shops and design and fashion concept stores. The most people here dress in vintage and that weird mix of trashy  I would compare to the band Die Antwoord.  In this area you can find all the things deemed cool on hipster blogs: old records, vintage, craft, design posters and cafe’s with mismatched antique furniture.  We were particularly drawn into one which also happened to show a Bollywood film in the background.  It is also close to the area Friedrichsplein which is full of nice places to dine and has beautiful trees.

5.       Mauerpark market – where you can find amazing second-hand clothes and stuff. I for instance found the knitted waistcoat for 3 euro, leather bag for 8 euro and this very different necklace .

6.       These paintings by Caspar David Friedrich at the Alte Nationalgalerie.

7.       Berlinishce Galerie for contemporary art and also to go see a permanent collection of the Fluxus movement.

8.       While going to the Alte National Galerie also go hang around in the park at the Berlin Cathedral. Such a beautiful place.

9.       Hamburger Bahnhof museum – lots of art which can be considered the start of contemporary art as we know it today.

Ps: Stole some layout from Miss Moss, although mine is slightly cluttered in comparison, love that blog.