Saturday morning and it was a blustery rainy day in Berlin as I took an early S-Bahn over to Hackescher Markt station and walked up the nearly empty streets to Kaschk cafe on Linienstrasse where I was going to a writers Meetup called "Shut Up and Write". About thirty writers had gathered - novel writers, academics writing PhD theses, short story writers, and bloggers. We sat down on long benches, drank strong coffee and talked first, then wrote for two hours with a small break in between and more conversation at the end. There were no critiques - it was just a means to an end - get some writing done and get inspiration from taking to others from all around the globe. I had been writing on my own in the apartment all week and this was a great change. Ricardo from Mexico sat opposite me and after our writing we sat and discussed the novel he's working on. It's on every Saturday morning and sometimes on Wednesday and I've signed up to go along.
Later I took the M45 bus from Zoologischer Garten to Charlottenburg to visit the Berggruen Museum, one of my favourite modern art museums with an impressive collection of paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Cezanne and many others and a room of Alberto Giacometti sculptures all shown over three circular floors of galleries with a wonderful staircase and atrium. At the top floor of mostly Picasso paintings I sat a while and made a drawing of "Woman with a hat" (see my next post). It was raining when I left the museum but I didn't care, I'd had a fantastic day.