Finally downloading photos from tour… They are a mix of my phone-taken pics, later mixed with awesome quality shots by world-class photographer Michael Rateike. ;)
Band Fistful of Stars as a trio (Rafa- guitar, JT- percussion, me- bass & accordions), had two nights and a day in Berlin before the start of our Germany tour. Two nights and a day- how tempting it was to spend it all busking on the streets (with my new teeny-tiny mini-amp!) But the idea of wandering as tourists, like kids on the streets, won out. Besides, we were soon to be on for 10 shows within 2 weeks; chillin’ time sounded good.
We spent a lot of time in the city center, and though we aimed for places on the map, we never seemed to arrive. ;) So we wandered. I thought about taking every photo of Berlin through a window’s reflection, like I did for our last tour in Europe (Amsterdam by Reflection)…
Love this artist, whose gallery windows we are looking through. His art reminds me of Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the wild things are’, but more raw.
Berlin’s center is undergoing a major facelift along the river. Everywhere you look- there are temporary hot pink water pipes transporting water to an unbroken waterfront of construction sites. At first it was like walking into someones remodel. Chaos at points; inaccessible river walks, cranes on the horizon, detours. But then, it became a game, exciting to think about what they were up to: how crazy different is Berlin going to look the next time we are here?
We just missed an accordion festival.
Highlights for me, Der Maurer: The Wall, and the Museum downtown that shows a day in the life, in so many lives~ East Germany during the Cold War. A must see- all of it. Next year, we will spend more time here to see this truly amazing city.