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Berlin November 2007

Our 3rd time together in Berlin was in November 2007. We didn’t go anywhere else, except for NYC for a school project in November 2008 and then for London to visit Famapa in February 2009. When I met Johan I remember I said, I will eventually move to Berlin, just so you know, hope you’ll like the city. He fell in love with us both.

As usually we stayed in Friedrichshain, these are the famous stairs of Humana at Frankfurter Tor.

The obligatory walk at Karl-Marx-Strasse towards Mitte.

Probably the most beautiful cinema in Berlin; Kino International.

In Mitte, this Miss Van painting used to be. It’s long gone now.

We ended up at Gorki Park at Weinbergsweg for some beer.

And some cigarillos. Wouldn’t touch one of those these days.

This photobooth is now also long gone.

We were not prepared for the first picture, love our faces.

The arena was being built. Now it’s full of buildings there, not really a favourite place of mine. Not at all.

I never remember the name of this bar, but I know that I love it. Haven’t been there for several years, gotta go and see if it’s still there once the bars are open again.

Some German food in Nikolaiviertel. I love Sauerkraut. We went for a stroll and later on had some crappy Indian food before heading to…

…Riva Bar where we loved to hang out for excellent cocktails. Young drunk Johan & Sandra. Such fun times.

The next morning we walked around in Friedrichshain which looks nothing like this nowadays.

Visited Kaufbar for the first time, fell completely in love. Also gone since several years now.

We had only visited Berlin in Fall and Winter so far.

I had been thrown out of the building I moved into the year before 😉

We went barhopping in Friedrichshain, here we were at Astro Bar, which still exists (it’s on Simon-Dach-Strasse). Cheap red wine, yum.

This is Habermayer Bar, which closed some years ago. I drew a cute buttcrack character on the toilet wall, it was still there when we moved here.

In 2007 they were taking down Palast der Republik.

A good old GDR car, Trabi. The colour on this one is great.

We walked around in Prenzlauer Berg on the day when we were leaving Berlin and went for a short visit in Copenhagen on our way back to Gothenburg. I remember we said We should have been in Copenhagen before Berlin, because now it just feels dull here.

This was one of my favourite buildings in Prenzlauer Berg, it has been renovated of course.

“So Berlin”.

I had this as a background on my computer for a long time. We snuck into abandoned, rundown buildings which don’t exist anymore.

Bye Berlin! We didn’t come back until May 2009 when we got married. After that to celebrate our first anniversary in May 2010. October and November the same year to look for an apartment, wow – 7 times visiting before moving here. On one of the visits, we looked at eachother and said Why don’t we live here? We don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s a huge difference to visit a place and to live there – it took me a very long time to start living everyday life when we moved in to our apartment. It was a mix of renovating the place and going out to restaurants for food. Berlin had always been a place for holidays and just having fun. Now I’m daydreaming of where I want to travel when it’s possible again. Would love to go to Cracow, Marseilles, Porto, Hamburg and spend a month in Cuglieri (Sardinia) for some projects. Where do you want to go?

8 Comments

  • Charlotte K
    May 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    What a tale! You were smart to visit a lot. I think you probably moved at a good time.

    As for travel, when we can again (I live in the US) — before this virus I was planning a trip to Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon! So I hope to do that.

    I’m going to try to comment more!

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    • Sandra
      May 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Fingers crossed you can go soon! Sounds like great plans <3

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  • Cecilia
    May 27, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    When it’s time to travel again, I would love to go to Berlin and Amsterdam again. I’m curious of Marseille, Montpellier and Tarifa. Hope to get there. But this summer I will stay home in Göteborg.

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    • Sandra
      May 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Göteborg in the summer is ace! <3

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  • ELENA
    May 28, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Somewhere in Italy I never been to! But I don’t know if is going to be nice with all the restrictions and wearing the mask, maybe is better try to wait a bit.

    KINO international is the best spot in that avenue, love it!

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    • Sandra
      May 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Yeah I think waiting is the right thing to do, hope we can expierence new places after this situation.

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  • Claire
    May 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I’m really missing my mom these days. I want to visit her at her ranch in Colorado. Such a beautiful place surrounded by mountains.

    Love these posts by the way! It’s fun to see yourself grow up.

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    • Sandra
      May 30, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Oh hope you get to see her soon, mums are the best <3

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