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So tomorrow is Friedericka’s birthday, and Jonathan (these are two of my housemates) is planning a series of surprises for her (what a sweet boyfriend he is!), distractions and all.

As I mentioned before, Friede is making great strides to turn over a new leaf and eat vegan, and she is making it fun (a must, I would say, if you want to incorporate any new habits into your life).  Jonathan thought this was a bit absurd (in the friendly and playful way, I s’pose) at first, joking with me that I’ve given her crazy ideas (damn proud of it, if I may say so sir).  Now, Jonathan is ready to support her endeavors (again, what a guy).  Today she and Jonathan made hummus from one of my new recipe books – great success – and I made tortillas to accompany the spread, yuuummmmmmm!  We enjoyed a wonderful homemade, vegan breakfast together – what a great feeling!  Bonding with the roomies just got better.  Actually, it’s going to get even better: since tomorrow is Friede’s birthday, and since she is really trying to switch to vegan, and since I just bought a whole book on vegan baked goods, Jonathan has asked me to help him make her some good eats.  He filled me in on his day plan, incorporated my assistance into, picked out a recipe, and now he and I are making her a vegan cheesecake!  I am smitten with this outcome.  There will be an update of the outcome later this week.


Perfection. That’s the word of the day.  I couldn’t feel more fulfilled or accomplished.  Today I spent about six hours at Alexanderplatz – the location of this years Vegan Summer Festival, a day of information, promotion, music, interviews and more. The weather was beschissen, a.k.a. straight-up crappy (ok, that’s not the translation of this German word, but I think you get the gist).  Rain, the entire day, although it wasn’t freezing, nor was it really storming, so it could have been worse.  That didn’t ruin my day at all though!  I love rain and clouds as is.

Bordering most of Alexanderplatz were booths and stands giving away TONS of free information, selling LOADS of vegan goods and merchandise (most of which were supporting local vegan operations, non-profits, and grass-roots initiatives like Sea Shepherds and PETA – and PETA2?), and the best part was being able to try (and discover) the different vegan options in Berlin.  This festival comes at a big time in Berlin (and Germany in general), as the country opened it’s first fully-stocked, strictly-vegan, super market (that’s right, an entire supermarket for vegans), which sells over 6000 different vegan products, featuring also a cafe with baked goods by vegan feminist celebrity Melisser Elliot (yes she was there, yes I watched the interview, yes she kicks some serious ass. But, chances are you may not know who she is – I didn’t, sadly, but I’m thrilled I do now – learn more about her here: Melisser Elliot and click on “About Me”).  What an intriguing and inspiring person, really!  Her advice for vegans everywhere included: mistakes happen, especially in the beginning; stay informed and connected with the vegan community! Read others’s blogs, share recipes, give (constructive) feedback; remember that being vegan is easy, and fun!  She also pushed the issue of a non-vegan diet being closely linked with anti-feminism and female exploitation.  I don’t want to give away all the good details, so consider buying her book one day!

So I spent a few more hours at the festival, watched vegan chef Björn Moschinski give some pointers in the kitchen and showcased some easy recipes (wasn’t really in the mood to stand there with my umbrella while I tried jotting down all the steps and ingredients…there are thousands of recipes out there, not worried about it).  Moschinski is opening an all-vegan restaurant here in Berlin during September. I may go if I am still in the city, as he said the kitchen will include all of the typical German meals (uuuh, vegan sauerbraten or schnitzel? Yes, yes please.), we shall see.

I also made a friend, w00t!  Such an interesting person (speaks Swedish, studied Germanistik, works for a radio station here in Berlin, and also for a crazy cool cosmetics shop called LUSH), and we’ll probably be hanging out this week sometime.  More to come I’m sure.

While waiting in line at the vegan döner stand (vegan döner!!), I randomly started talking to this lady behind me (long line, people tend to make jokes about waiting so long, etc. etc.); not an exciting story, but is was part of my experience, so a few highlights: she has been vegetarian for over 30 years (and can attest to the challenges a vegetarian faced many years ago, in Germany, makes me thankful that there are so many options everywhere today, for vegans); grew up in West Berlin and experienced the Wende (fall of the wall and switch to democracy and capitalism); complimented me on my nearly accent-free German, but told me I should at least try to keep a bit of an accent, because it was, in her opinion, charming.  What a sweet lady.  I love befriending people older than me, especially those who are even older than my parents, (almost) always a pleasure and an honor.

After spending a few hours at Alexanderplatz, mingling amongst like-minded vegan folk, I decided to walk around a bit and take some pictures – posted below.  Nothing spectacular, but at least a few shots of what I saw, which include: shots from the vegan festival, Der Fernsehturm (observation tower), Rotes Rathaus (red city hall), Neptunbrunnen (Neptune/Poseidon fountain), an evangelical church (not evangelical like in the US, much different…churches are just generally pretty in Europe), segways (grrr…see below), and a shot inside one of the subways I was on. Oh, and there is a picture of the delicious soup you’re about to find out about, keep reading!

After leaving the vegan fest I went home to find a completely clean apartment – go roomies!  We sat down and chowed down on the delicious soup I made the other day (what I thought was going to be an epic failed turned into an epic success! I do not, however, recommend making a pot of soup with less than 2 centimeters to spare at the top, dangerous business, but I managed to do it without making a mess…somehow). This soup was so good, I’m going to share it with you all right now (oh, well you’ll have to recreate it, it’s easy though!).  Before you start, make sure you have a really big pot, this makes a lot of soup (freeze it for late!)


Veggies: 1 cup red lentils (or other lentils are ok I suppose); 1 can giant white beans; 2 zucchinis (you can always throw in an eggplant too, but make sure you don’t go overboard like I almost did); 3 big tomatoes (or 1 can of tomatoes, diced and whatnot); 3-4 good sized potatoes; 1/4 a head of cauliflower (or broccoli); 2 bell peppers (I used 1 green, 1 yellow, you can use whatever you’d like though!); 2 stalks celery; about 6 carrots (if they’re really big, maybe a few less, if small, maybe a few more) OR a sweet potato (or both? how big is your pot?); a big handful of greens (I used kale, although spinach would be wonderful, too); one big onion (your favorite variety will do); a shallot; 6-8 cloves of garlic – if you want to substitute some things or add others, I recommend peas, kidney beans or chic peas, ya know, keep it fresh and creative (and share if you try this at home!)

You will also need:

1 liter (maybe more) of veggie stock (I used the powder kind, seems to go further and is easier if you have a hot water machine)

handful of pasta

a cup of your favorite texturized vegetable protein (or, if you aren’t vegan…I suppose you could add meat, but I don’t recommend it – try something new! I promise you wont be disappointed with this 😀 )

2-3 teaspoons of provincial herbs/herbs de Provence – not sure what name they have back home

1-2 WHOLE dried chili peppers, depending on how much of a kick you want (1 is not that much of a kick in this big pot of soup, 2 is a little bit)

6 bay leaves

Sea salt and pepper (you be the judge here, ask yourself: how do I like my soup?  Just don’t add too much of either, it’s kind hard to get salt and pepper out once you’ve put it in…ok it’s practically impossible)

So what you do is start with the cup of lentils in the pot, add two cups of water and bring to a boil.  Once at a boil, bring to simmer.  Cut veggies how you prefer to have them in your soup fast, or get a head start before you boil lentils (don’t want to lose any digits in the process!). Once most of the water has been absorbed by the lentils, throw all your veggies in together, with the veggie stock, herbs, salt and pepper.  The pot should be pretty full.  Turn the heat back up to medium/medium-high and bring to light boil, don’t forget to stir frequently! Turn the heat down to a medium/medium-low.  Add more water (or stalk) if necessary. Now you take the chili pepper(s) and carefully make a few slits in the skin, with your nail preferably, so that the soup absorbs the spiciness but you don’t have seeds and pepper flesh floating around ready to attack an unsuspecting victim.  Let the pepper soak for 5-10 minutes (it should stay afloat and not sink, I let them sit for the remainder of the cooking time), then add the bay leaves (don’t lose track of them, please, I don’t want anyone to get sick making this).  In the last 10 minutes, add the pasta and texturized veggie protein.  Let cook until pasta is tender, remove chilies and bay leaves – enjoy alone or with your favorite bread (baguette is perfect).

So my roomies and I were eating this delicious soup, when I learned that one of my roomies now wants to try eating vegan (let me just say, having only been a vegan for a little less than a month now, this feels like a huge accomplishment, score for vegans!).  So my goal is to help her make the switch before I leave in September.  So many goals for such a short trip.

Before finishing off the night, I ate some of the vegan strawberry ice cream I made the day before and watched some Kathy Griffin videos. That woman is just…amazing, to say the least; what an American.  So after that I got ready to go out to a few bars.  Firstly, I can’t believe I forgot that no one goes out before 11 or 12 – lame – and secondly, no one goes out when it has been raining during the day.  Epic fail.  I did manage to find two bars with some life in it . The first was a sliver in a building, packed with at least 100 people in it – uncomfortable.  I spoke with a man here about being gay in East Germany, an interesting situation for him, although it was so loud I only heard part of everything he had to say.  Not feeling the vibe there, I went to another place down the street. Had the man talking to me in the previous bar not shown up after a few minutes of arriving, I would have left, slightly horrified.  It wasn’t until after I bought a beer that I noticed the adult-oriented nature of this bar, and I wish so badly I didn’t have to use the restroom during my brief stay.  My advice: don’t make wrong turns going to the bathroom, and definitely have a flashlight handy if you find yourself in the dark.  *shutters*

So I don’t think I am much of a bar person, at least not in this part of town.  Next time I will be exploring the techno/dance clubs that Berlin is so famous for, hopefully with more success and less fear.  After leaving bar 2 for the evening I walked home, although being slightly tipsy, I ended taking a rather long and not-so-direct way home due to not really knowing where the hell I was.  I did, magically, managed to navigate my way home without a map, and was safe and sound upon arrival.

Yeah, it’s late as I post this (seems to be the trend up to this point! It’s still early where most people are reading this though, soooo, whatevs).  Honoring a short break from my research, I just finished one of my essays for my Fulbright application (after a day of convincing myself I wouldn’t be able to apply because I missed one of Ohio State’s numerous deadlines); I do not enjoy writing personal statements. They are supposed to be about you, and about your plans, goals, aspirations, and intended steps to achieve all of it. Boo. I don’t know most of that stuff, yet. Yeah, I’m one year away from graduating from college (with two completely separate degrees in two completely separate directions), what’s your point? Get over it, I know I have. 🙂

Seriously though, it is good for me to be forced to sit down and consider these things, even though it doesn’t mean anything as far as the next 5, 10, or 20 years of my life to sit down now and contemplate (yet at least, once these things happen, different story).  ‘Nuff of the heavy stuff, I sat down to tell something interesting! If you have questions (what’s a Fulbright, what kind of Fulbright am I applying for? etc, etc, please leave a comment or contact me some other way, you know I’ll love talking to you!).

So, aside from occupying myself with application requirements, reading chapters for my research project, which means sitting in a chair for hours upon hours upon HOURS of my days here, I have also been (briefly) through the city, walked around my neighborhood, ate some deeeeeeelicious meals (mostly cooked by yours truly), went shopping (did I explain how stupid I was when I was packing? Yeah, pretty sure I did. Great job, David…you idiot. In my own defense to my self-accusation though, I didn’t know that this summer would be unseasonably cool in Berlin – but I sure am glad I’m missing out on the unseasonably hot summer back home, sorry folks, it’s been about 60 and cloudy for a week now, with occasional rain. And I love every minute of it, hope you aren’t heat-stroking though!! Seriously, please don’t do that.), and some other things. Here is an overlook of some interesting events.

  • Went on an adventure to locate libraries and begin looking stuff up.  EPIC fail, as I am not registering with the city, I can not get a library card (an academics and nerds-alike worst nightmare!). I can at least stay in the library and work with anything I may need; however I haven’t been back to a library since, also because the one library (one of the most important for my project, actually), didn’t exist at the address listed on GoogleMAPS, and I since then I have not been able to locate an updated one (I did go to the place google told me to, heavily under construction, the building had an A, B, and C version of the same address…long story short, I spent 45 minutes walking around 1 half-block only to realize the internet probably got the better of me, damn you interwebs).
  • My failed library trip encouraged me to see part of the city, so I went to Alexanderplatz – google it for some history, it’s quite interesting and I’d love to tell you, but I’m tired and don’t feel like raking my brain at the moment.  I’ll attach a picture of what (one) part of it looks like.  Note to anyone traveling to Europe (that means you’ll probably want to do some shopping), don’t buy shoes here, ever.  I walked into a “discount” shoe outlet, only to laugh at every shoe I flipped over (you know, that’s where the price is).  It was fun though, I probably looked insane, literally (lone kid walks into store and laughs (almost hysterically) to himself every few seconds while he scours size 41/42 shoe racks…I love me 😛 ). I did find a nice, new-looking, perfectly fitting cardigan to supplement my under-prepared wardrobe for the chill weather, for only 9 euros! That thing was definitely overpriced new, but not at the second hand store 😀 I also got to watch two Dutch boys seek out and fashion themselves some second hand stuff, I was honestly more interested in them speaking Dutch to each other though (it sounds SO cool, and silly, especially as a German/English speaker).
  • Got yelled at by a train driver (because I stupidly forgot to shut off my flash as I was taking a picture of the approaching train…gah, I deserved it, and I sure did feel bad, although the guy was a pretty big jerk about it…I made sure to apologize before and after getting on the train, and the dick still gave me a pretty dirty look. Some people just don’t like being in good moods, ever. The *not so epic* shot is posted below. If you look closely, I’m pretty sure you can see him scathing.
  • Saw a dirty, out of shape, (maybe homeless?) man flash his junk (the between-your-legs kind, not the in your shopping-cart/mobile wardrobe variety), ON THE STREET (the busy kind) in broad daylight, to a woman inside of a store.  Don’t know the details here, don’t know if she knew him, liked it, or asked for it. I know she saw it though. Just…gah…odd, to say the very very very least.  Why did this make the “interesting events” list?  Well, think about it, firstly; secondly, it’s one of those things that just makes one want to say “WHAT?!” loudly. At least it makes me want to say that, because I did. Right there, on the street.  Plus, I’ve never seen this (personally) in the US, only heard of stories – it doesn’t happen if you don’t see it, right?? hahaha, yeaahh, riiiight (you did insert sarcasm there, yes?).
  • Discovered an open-air market/farmers market around the corner! This is a huuuuge discovery for me, because it means super cheap produce (among other things as well, apparently). Farmers markets in Germany always include mass amounts of people crowded inbetween vendors who are all shouting their best offers, rushing to the many customers trying to score a good deal (which isn’t hard, I’ll get there in a second), it’s chaos, pandemonium, hustle-bustle, and usually one 0f the first things any foreign exchange student or non-native experiences. They are very, very memorable, and in my own experience, quite different from any I’ve seen in the States. Anyone from Bonn knows the Spargel lady all too well (Deutsche Spaaargel, frische Deutsche Spaaargel…I’ll never forget that raspy voice, I break out into laughter every time just thinking about it, Skype me and I’ll do my best impression possible – it’s worth the Skype call, trust me – although she is probably somewhere online), but this market is of a different variety.  Almost all of the vendors are non-native, so you have to listen extra hard to understand most of them, but they are way more lively and interesting with their cries of produce deals and steals.  A case (12) of avocados for 2 euros?! Whhaaaaat??? If they weren’t all so ripe, I definitely would have indulged. So what did I purchase, and how much did I spend?
    -a bundle of carrots, fresh from the ground (at least a dozen)
    -one decently-sized eggplant
    -one large head of cauliflower
    -six big tomatoes
    Well, I’d prefer you all guess, and then I can surprise you all by posting the price later, but let’s be real, most of you haven’t read this far and don’t care to put the energy into checking back for something so trivial. I get it 🙂 I spent just under 3 euros for all of that, which is just over 4 dollars.
  • Ok, so food. I still have yet to go out and eat at a restaurant (being vegan and all, not a vegan restaurant around the corner like there are Döner Imbisses – Döner is a delicious, gyro-like snack, soooo much better than a gyro, but definitely more questionable. They make a variety with french fries to, definitely try this if you come to Germany/Europe, or go to Turkey. Pommdöner, or any döner.  Again, that was “döner,” did you write it down? 😛 ).  Most of the food I have been eating, like I mentioned, I am making myself…I’ve made some delicious tomato sauces with kidney beans and chickpeas; wonderful veggie stir-fry (with peas, cauliflower, carrots, artichoke hearts, kale, shallots); olive oil-balsalmico penne with herbs de Provence and steamed veggies; a delicious vegan casserole made by my roommates (no, they aren’t vegan, they just made a separate one for me, I’ll have to write an entirely separate post about how awesome my living situation really is); amazingly healthful smoothies (before and after pics below); sugar-free whole wheat corn meal blueberry muffins (featured with penne and veggies picture); müsli with nuts, grains, seeds, fruits, soy yogurt, and soy milk, and a variety of things on bread. The best breads here are Kartoffelbrot (potato bread), Kurbiskernbrot (pumpkin seed bread), Vollkornbrot (whole grain wheat bread), all kinds really, but also any Brötchen (individual, roll-size) varieties of aforementioned breads…I’ll post some pictures incase you’re curious on what these dishes are and how they turned out.  More to come in the future!
Ok, it’s entirely too late, I’m tired, have to pee, and still want to do my measly ab-exercises.  The final song of the evening is “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash.  Before I go, here is something from the home base that should get your synapses firing…
and now for pictures! I think you  can figure out what’s what, there are 2 of Alexanderplatz, one of the train before I got yelled at, the rest are food.

I guess I don’t need much of an intro to explain why I’m writing a blog post at 1:15 in the morning.

A brief recap of my weekend:

Friday I visited the Tag der offenen Tür again, as mentioned before.  I couldn’t help but get the feeling I had quasi-met some well-known people (let it be known that I did not speak a word to them, nor they to me, so I guess it was more like observed and was in the presence of). As I was flying from London to Berlin, there were identical twins, males in their late 50’s, who had quite an eclectic look to them, so eclectic that you just know there’s something about them.  Being in England, I assumed they were British and didn’t really think twice (this may be a great time to mention that, despite my previous post, I have NOTHING against British people, truly.).  However, as I was sitting in this dark room, watching this super eclectic film about these grotesque bird-like humanoid things traversing Berlin and confusing the hell out of people (big emphasis on the word eclectic there, it was quite entertaining though), I turned my head to see them both in the room.  The Germans who were hosting the video seemed to pay particular attention to them, directing all comments at them with a sense of dignation.  So, I haven’t given it another second of attention until this very moment, and I am astonished to report that I identified them in 2.3 seconds (who would have thought the search ‘famous identical twin males art’ would be successful…damn, the internet sure is scary).  You can read about them here:  Quay Brothers (they are actually American, go figure. And if you’ve already heard of them, please excuse my ignorance).  And after you’ve read up on them, it should be pretty clear why they had a private viewing of this video (and how I managed to be one of seven in the room is still beyond me).

Saturday I walked for about 9 hours straight, which was good because I did not go for a run (mostly because my muscles were bitterly protesting my renewed sense of needing to move frequently…being a student is great for being lazy.), workout achieved anyway.  I went and bought a few things that I reluctantly did not pack…I really need to use my brain next time I travel.  After a few hours of scouring the Kurfürstendamm area, I walked to the next Tage der offenen Tür event I was anticipating: a free classical concert.  This was a real treat, as any musical show is.  Immediately after leaving the concert, I proceeded to a concert of a different kind: the Germanic Studies student body was hosting their annual faculty party (not faculty in the sense of instructors, but faculty in the sense of all Germanistik students), as all German students and their respective disciplines do (word on the street in Bonn was that the Agrarians throw the best parties…I went to it on my birthday in 2010…it’s a night I’ll never forget, but at the same time I have a real hard time remembering it).  The only reason I knew of this party was because my housemate Jonathan and his band were playing there.  I arrived just in time to drink a tequila sunrise (I’m pretty sure the girl forgot the tequila), and catch their show – one word: awesome!  Only so many people go from classical to rock n’ roll in a matter of hours, I’m proud to be one of them.

Today was a great day of reading for my thesis!  I got another chapter under my belt, which seems like so little, but if you had to read this stuff you’d be happy with those results, too. I also managed to cook a delicious vegan meal for Jonathan and his girlfriend Fredericka (Jonathan’s initial reaction was “you can stay!”, gotta love hearing that) – coconut rice with sauteed potatoes, green beans, and mung sprouts, yum!  I made fish for Jonathan, too, because if I cook it isn’t necessarily fair I force others to adhere to my dietary choices…I don’t think they would’ve complained though really.  If you’re curious for the recipe, drop a line! (it was easy to make, promise).

Now I’m just sitting here waiting for the caffeine to finish coursing its way through my veins…soon enough, I feel exhaustion creeping up on me.  The week ahead is full of reading, planing, more reading, hopefully some writing (the ultimate goal at this point!), some more reading, and delicious vegan eats (homemade hummus turned out pretty good, next is to experiment with kidney and white beans).  And I’m always open to suggestions if you have any.

So I live with a bunch of artists. Well, ok, three artists to be exact, but that’s three more than I’ve ever lived with before.  Jonathan ist Mitglied einer Band aus Berlin – Tonträger – which has some real talent. Check out their stuff here:  Jonathan has an interesting approach to writing lyrics: he feels not enough artists write in their mother tongue, but gravitate toward English; his goal is to continue writing awesome songs in German (keep up the good work!).

Hahaha so I just realized that I started writing in German without even noticing until I went to reread for the third time, geez…I guess I’ve already immersed myself.  So yeah, aside from living with a cool musician, I also live with the cool musician’s girlfriend, who studies fashion design.  I haven’t met one of my roommates yet, Jan, because he is on vacation in Switzerland (lucky bastard), but I am staying in his room for the moment, so that’s ok by me. Jan is a photographer, so I am definitely looking forward to meeting him in the near future.

Then there is Nina.  Nina studies Art and History at the Universität der Künste and wants to become a teacher (well probably, we’ve all been there though). I save Nina for last because she introduced me to the wonderful event I’ll be attending over the next few days: Tage der offenen Tür – three days of open exhibits by students and faculty of the University of the Arts, Berlin.  Last night I made dinner (thinking my three roommates would be home, didn’t happen), and Nina came home just as everything was finished cooking.  We had a good three-hour conversation (some seriously good therapy for my German), and afterward she invited me to go out to the opening party for this three-day event.  So, at 22:45 (that’s 10:45 pm if you still haven’t caught on to the military time), we headed out, grabbed some beer for the road (it’s pretty friggin’ sweet to buy a beer and have the clerk open it for you as you go about your business, even when I’ve experienced it now for the umpteenth time), and went to one of the university buildings.  What an atmosphere!   Even before we walked in, there were people all over the street, streams of people leaving and going.  We ran into a few of Nina’s friends (not so tipsy) as they were leaving, which was no surprise because they were complaining about the number of people and the loud music (it was pretty much a HUGE party, I really don’t know what they were expecting).  So then we proceeded inward, and once inside, I truly felt as if I was experiencing some authentic Berliner culture.  All kinds of people running and hanging around everywhere, ALL kinds of art each and every way the head turns.  Two people in particular set the mood in the first minute – a punkish type man and an alternative-like girl caught eyes and just started jumping up and down, flailing limbs and screaming “KUNST, KUNST, KUNST, KUNST!!!” (art, art, art, art).  They truly looked mad, but it definitely set the mood; people everywhere where excited for friends and art, socializing and sharing a moment, enjoying the creativity and achievements of a generation’s artistic abilities.

So Nina and I continued our journey through the many rooms, looking at some pretty awesome work, confusing work, and some different pieces, such as a darkened room with dirt on the floor and a white blob-thing in it.  Some art isn’t meant to be understood, but it certainly is provocative (getting dirt in your shoes when your on the 2nd floor inside of a building?).  One of my favorite pieces, can’t explain why, was a model ship out of raw meat.  Maybe it was my recent switch to veeg (short for vegan, thanks for that term Hannah 😛 ok so it’s only two letters shorter), but seeing it was…I don’t even know, strange.  I think it was the flies covering the meat that made me glad that I haven’t put anything like that in my body recently.  No hate on meat-eaters!  Seriously though, it’s tasty, can’t deny that.

For me, there was a frightening part of the evening.  If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo (or any body art, really) in the US, you know that you have to sign a waiver clearly stating that you are sober and well aware of your decision.  In the midst of the drunken debauchery (I’m using that word light here, because it truly was fun and not that wild), there was a tent set up for tattoos.  All I could think of were the poor saps who’d wake up the next day, hungover beyond all belief, and see the ink in their skin that they’d be regretting for the rest of their lives.  Hopefully they don’t live life with regrets!

That’s pretty much the gist of the evening. I plan on attending the next two and a half days of Tage der offenen Tür, which includes all kinds of art, music, theater, performance, even architectural design.  Next time though I will be taking a camera and have some pictures to show! Until then, hau rein!

Update: Ok so I have some pictures (awesome pictures) of some of the artwork, HOWEVER, I don’t want to get into any legal trouble, so I won’t be posting any on this blog.  BUT, if you are curious, shoot me an email at, and I will share these awesome glimpses at some great artwork with you (as long as you promise to not share it or steal, that’s bad, mmkay. 😛 )