Berlin Writing Trip - Weeks 6 and 7

Apr 6th, 2018 to Apr 22nd, 2018.

April 6th, 2018

Tor Straße tram lines on a sunny but cool day in Berlin. I’m always amazed how light the city centre traffic is in Berlin, even in the middle of a workday. It has to be because of the great public transport and the heavy use of bicycles.

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April 8th, 2018.

Sunday morning and the Berlin crowds seemed to have foregone their Sunday lie-in to come out in droves to cheer on the runners in the Berlin Half Marathon which was on this morning, creating a kind of party occasion
with the race led by roller-bladers, cheered on by several drum bands, a cheerleading team, a rapping DJ and clapping crowds lined along the route as the pounding drums in sync with the pounding feet urged the runners on to the finish line. It was won in 58 minutes by Kenyan, Erick Kiptanui and in fact, the first seven or eight runners in the race were Kenyans leading the field of more than 36,000.

 Erick Kiptanui, the winning runner.

Erick Kiptanui, the winning runner.

 Runners in the berlin half-marathon

Runners in the berlin half-marathon

April 9th, 2018.

I was at two writers' meet-ups today and the second one was in the evening in the basement of a quirky little bookshop called Another Country. I based the bookshop in my second book on this higglety-pigglety little shop. As I was too early I spent my time photographing the street scenes in Kreuzberg, showing people on their way home after work. Queuing for ice-cream (well worth the wait) and a Mobile art gallery converted from an ice-cream van.

 Cyclists on their way home from work

Cyclists on their way home from work

 Mobile art gallery

Mobile art gallery

 Queuing for ice cream

Queuing for ice cream

 The bookshop basement used for the writers' meet-up

The bookshop basement used for the writers' meet-up

April 10th, 2018.

I pass this mural regularly as I cycle to Milch&Zucker cafe in Kreuzberg to do a little writing. The same street artist has done murals in Brick Lane in London. As far as I know, it's by Belgian artist ROA and the third image is one of his murals in London.

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 Another mural by the same artist in Brick Lane, London

Another mural by the same artist in Brick Lane, London

April 10th, 2018

Something about the regularity of the form and the shadows under the balconies attracted me to photograph this apartment block off Rudi-Dutschke-Straße.

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April 11th, 2018.

Painting of Berlin street life, a wooden sculpture by Hermann Nomenmacher and a painting by Margarete Kubicka from the Berlinische Galerie permanent collection.

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April 12th, 2018.

Waiting for the RB-14 Airport Express at Ostbahnhof Station this morning, as I'm going back to Dublin for 5 days.

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April 12th, 2018 to April 16th, 2018.

I came back to Ireland for a few days to celebrate Kieran's 30th birthday.

Click the image below for more photos of the party.

 Kieran and Orna at Kieran's 30th birthday

Kieran and Orna at Kieran's 30th birthday

April 17th, 2018.

Back in Berlin again today after my 5-day trip back to Ireland. It's around 20c or more here all week and beautiful weather to cycle around the city.
Four more photos of the city today and all connected with the Overbaum bridge. 
1. Evening light as people walk across the bridge. 
2. Above and below the bridge
3. View from the bridge towards the Molecule Men sculpture
4. Close up of the Molecule Men sculpture - giant aluminium outline of three men which represents the intersection of three areas Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

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April 18th, 2018.

Evening sunlight on the coloured buildings on Charlottenstraße close to the Mindspace building where I went to a Python Data science meet-up this evening, and the crescent moon over the buildings as I left.

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April 21st, 2018.

After the writers’ meet-up today I went to a Microsoft Azure technical meet-up as it’s good to occasionally keep up with technology while I’m here for 5 months.
On the way back I cycled in the glorious sunshine through Kreuzberg on my way home to Friedrichshain, and I passed this Mexican group performing outside a Mexican restaurant. 

I’ve been making good progress on the first draft of my book and have written just over 300 pages (75,000 words) with about 40 pages to go, to finish the draft. However, I ran into a problem with an assumption about the German political system and in order to fix it, I had to move some scenes back to September 2017 to the German federal election date. I’m trying to be politically correct :) But this change caused quite a number of knock-on effects to the story and it has taken four or five days to correct it. I should have done better research at the start and in the end, I got the information I needed from a German writer at the writers’ meet-up.

 Mexican band playing on the street in Kreuzberg

Mexican band playing on the street in Kreuzberg

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April 22nd, 2018.

Volkspark, Friedrichshain on a sunny Sunday afternoon and thousands of people came out. Kids playing frisbee and football, the smell of barbeques and the wisps of blue smoke from them, tents, bikes, sunbathers, families, party time, cold drinks, beer, lots of food and the long, long queues for ice cream.

 Volkspark fountain.

Volkspark fountain.

 Relaxing in the sunshine at Volkspark, Friedrichshain

Relaxing in the sunshine at Volkspark, Friedrichshain