Archive for May, 2011

WANDERLUST; Copenhagen

Posted in denmark, europe, travel with tags , , , , on May 29, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I went to Copenhagen to visit my friend Jane, who is studying nursing there for the semester.

Copenhagen is a typical middle European city featuring bikes and cobblestone streets yet it doesn’t seem to have any unique features.

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WANDERLUST; Why I love Berlin

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I love Berlin because it’s accepting, quirky and makes me feel good. As soon as you arrive it kisses you on the mouth, places a cheap beer in your hand and tells you you’re a mega babe – but only if you have your own unique sense of style and show that you’re dressing for yourself.

Berliners really respect people who are doing what they want, because they want to, and they despise anyone telling them what to do. To anyone living to fulfill others needs Berlin says “Don’t waste your time purely existing! Wake the fuck up and live! ” – and yes, that bluntly.

The suburbs of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg have the highest concentration of eclectic individuals and are the areas with the best cafes, bars and nightlife.

Friedrichshain is my favourite area because at any time of the day or night you can find somewhere to dance, drink, eat cheap yet delicious food and the atmosphere is really chilled out yet exciting because new places to hangout are opening every day. Continue reading

WANDERLUST; A perfect Sunday in Berlin

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

A perfect Sunday in Berlin includes meeting friends for breakfast at around 2pm, at a café such as Anna Blume, and then venturing to Mauerpark in Preuzlauer Berg until sunset.

Mauerpark is a park alongside where a section of the Berlin Wall was between 1961 and 1989.

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WANDERLUST; Vegetarian eateries in Berlin

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , on May 19, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Berlin has a large variety of vegetarian restaurants and cafes that serve up yummy food for very reasonable prices.

Here are my favourites…

Yoyo Foodworld

Gärtnerstraße 27, Friedrichshain
Samariterstraße – U5
Website

Everything here is vegan. This may conjour up thoughts of colourless and dull lentils glued together with mashed potato, yet the Yoyo team prove this wrong. They make delicious burgers that may fool you into thinking you are actually eating meat or chicken. They also make home made chips and desserts including tiramisu.

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WANDERLUST; Vintage shopping in Berlin

Posted in europe, fashion, germany, shopping, travel with tags , , , , on May 12, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

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Frankfurter Tor 3
Frankfurter Tor – U5
See the website for other locations

I visited the Frankfurter Tor store which is five floors of second hand and vintage goodness.

The top floor is my favourite – it is divided into different areas including 90’s, 80’s and DDR.

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WANDERLUST; Potsdam

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , on May 10, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

On Easter weekend Beate took me to Potsdam to visit the castles and palaces.

The train trip from Berlin takes about 40 minutes so on a sunny day where you feel like getting out of Berlin it is an appealing option.

Even though Potsdam lies in the former East Germany and the communist ideology is against monarchy and inequality, the East German government kept the palaces and grounds well preserved during the time that Germany was split in two.

Walking around the well maintained grounds makes you feel like a princess (who has lost her horse and carriage.)

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WANDERLUST; Berlin by foot

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I visited Berlin in 2008 and fell in love. The purpose of my visit to Berlin this time was to pretend I am a local, and to have a few weeks experiencing what it’s like to live there…but I did sneak in a few walking tours too.

The tour that I really enjoyed is the newBerlin alternative tour, which discusses Berlin since 1989. After the wall fell there were a lot of vacant buildings that people squatted in. The low cost of living in Berlin attracted many artists, musicians and creatives, which has resulted in the eclectic city that you can experieence today.

The tour begins at Tacheles, which is a five story building in Mitte. It was a former squat which has now turned into an artists colony. You can wander through the levels and see the artists creating pieces and also purchase unique items.

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