red sky at night

Sometimes I think that I get rewarded for making the right decision at the very last minute.  I am ridiculously good at finding excuses for not doing the things I ought to be doing/sort of want to be doing but am a bit scared about/don’t want to etc etc.  And often the excuses making side of me wins, but I’m trying to fight back.  This morning I signally failed to get out of bed and do anything useful with my morning, but this evening after teaching I did manage to drag myself out of the warm for a run.  And I was rewarded by probably the best sunset that I’ve seen since I’ve been in Berlin, stripes of yellow, pink, red, purple crisscrossed by aeroplane trails in subtler colours.  Fabulous.

And the moral of this story?

Take a camera running.  Next time, next time.


Waiting for the light

It would be true to say that Tea and I covered a lot of ground over the weekend.  We walked a lot and talked a lot.  We walked down by the river on Sunday via the East Side Gallery and saw the sun set over the river before going for a pre-dinner boogie at Club des Visionnaires.

looking West from the Oberbaumbrücke

We had started Sunday pretty slowly with a long late brunch and both had forgotten to take out our proper cameras so I snapped the lovely light with my compact.  I couldn’t resist trying to catch the moment and despite the poor quality I really love this picture.  Doing motion!

S crossing the Oberbaumbrücke

Catching the light exactly is something I’m trying to work on with my photography.  Tea and I had a few chats about it, and discovered that we both had the same wonderful book, Waiting for the Light by David Noton, who I was lucky enough to meet by accident at his exhibition at the Oxo Gallery.  If you’re at all interested in photography, find this book.  It’s inspirational.
This last picture is actually from Saturday evening so the light was quite different and honestly you can’t see here how beautiful it was, but I think that the cranes and streetlights are pretty so I’ll show you anyway.

Unter den Linden unter die Krane

Actually Saturday night was one of the many highlights of Tea’s visit because we had a long overdue Skype reunion with Cee.  She’s over in the USA naming toads after us and then studying their sexual behaviour (or lack of it).  We still love her though and it was the most wonderful thing to spend 3 hours, a couple of bottles of wine, and some beers, nattering as if no time had passed at all.  We’re all in such different places from where we were 18 months ago but the beauty of girly nights doesn’t change.  T & C were fantastic housemates and they are still amazing friends.  Lucky me!  Now if only we could have worked out a way to beam Cee over to join us for the Sunday night dancing…..

Best of Bella

I experienced a massive fail during Bella’s fantabulous visit.  I forgot my camera.  Twice!  I’ve carried it faithfully ever day since I’ve been here, but the minute I had a new visitor I forgot it.  This means I’ll mostly be relying on Bella for photomagraphs to show how fun it was introducing her to Berlin.

At this point I should also confess that I had two important missions for the visit overall.  Firstly to find lots of pugs for Bella to photograph:  this went relatively well, we didn’t see many but those that we did see were superbly entertaining.  Secondly to photograph her eating a sausage, true Berliner food, under instructions from folks at home: this remains incomplete and I’m ashamed. Next time, I’ll do better.

 However, I do have a few photos from day 2, all taken once we’d recovered from Friday night, thanks to the judicious application of cakes, juice, a good band and lots of sunshine.

The mission for Saturday afternoon:

 1.  Purchase fabulous new sunglasses, pose and pout.


2.  Appreciate the architecture around Gendarmenmarkt.


3.  Locate ice cream and consume with all speed.


We also managed to point at important buildings, and enjoy a rather lovely sky. Well done us.