Maria shaped my perspective in so many ways. If you follow walk this way already on Instagram or if you read through my blog, you also find Marias perspective (photos) everywhere. I love her style and I am glad, how she inspired the look of my website and travel guides! So I really hope she can help you too ;).
This week I want to introduce you to my favorite goldsmith Johanna Gauder, who's jewelry I wear every day and night.
Not only women, but a lot ;). Last week I already introduced one of my favorite yoga teachers Patricia Thielemann, this week please say "hi" to Lena Johanna Schmitt, who is a co-founder of Venture Ladies. When I first joined this community and visit an event, she asked me "What do you do?", I answered "I publish BertaBerlin maps, travel guides about Berlin." and of course she was interested in seeing a travel guide – well, let me tell you, that was the last time I did forget to bring my travel guides with me!
Last week I already introduced you to my personal beauty queen Elina Neumann, this week I want to introduce you to Patricia Thielemann.
Patricia Thielemann founded the yoga studio Spirit Yoga, which offers over 100 Yoga and Pilates classes. She opened her first studio in Berlin Mitte in 2004, and since has taught a modern mix of dynamic and vinyasa flow yoga in Berlin. Spirit Yoga is yoga without Indian nostalgia: modern and European, which empowers you to meet the challenges of everyday life. With her career and her spirit she is definitely an inspiring role model for me and hopefully for you too.
Walk This Way is all about traveling and today we’re talking about Kenya! We usually walk our way through new places, but Kenya is a land of great distances too far to walk. However, the country is so beautiful that I’d like to share some tips with you in case you want to travel there!
Kenya was established when the former East Africa Protectorate was transformed into a British Crown colony in 1920. The colony came to an end in 1963 when a black majority government was elected for the first time and eventually declared independence as Kenya. This is why the official language is English, but Kenyans also speak Swahili, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luhya, Luo, Gusii, Mercedes and Nandi–Markweta.
2018 I decided to not only recommend inspiring places in Berlin, but also inspiring people who live here. Last week I already introduced you to my life-coach-friend Laura Seiler, this week I hand the mic to Elina Neumann, with whom I will – happily – publish my first BeautyBerlin map by the end of this month.
As I had some time to think about future projects, I decided to not only recommend beautiful and inspiring destinations in Berlin, but inspiring people who live in the German capital. So I want to begin 2018 by writing about 5 inspiring woman of Berlin, who maybe inspire yourself a little - they did have a big influence on my way of life.
So let me – if you do not already know her – introduce you to Laura Seiler.
Celebrating New Year, or Silvester, as its known in Germany, means to eat a lot of jelly donuts a.k.a. Berliner. If you want to bring some German flair into your house, you have to watch a British comedy sketch called Dinner for One, while eating the jelly donuts.
Among the many drinks which I might consume on New Year, Feuerzangenbowle is my favorite. For Feuerzangenbowle you have to heat up wine with cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. Then put a conical piece of sugar soaked in rum above the wine and lit it. The sugar caramelizes and melts into the hot wine, creating a drink which is not only delicious but exciting to watch in the making. Nevertheless, midnight is celebrated with a glass of sparkling wine in Berlin.
Between the 17th December until the 23rd of December you can
WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Hotpod Yoga Berlin.
After Christmas - is before Christmas - How to get rid of leftovers?
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Between the 10th December until the 16th of December you can
WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Becycle Berlin.
Christmas is upon us – and before the feast you should treat yourself!
@becycleberlin and @walkthisway.berlin invite you to explore Berlin Mitte. The map walks you through Berlin Mitte and to BECYCLE, where you find even more surprises with RIDE & REFINE! This first boutique fitness studio was found in 2016 in Berlin Mitte. They meanwhile established their cycling classes in a nightclub ambience. But they also offer barre, power yoga and HIIT classes in a lovely, light-filled space of light wooden floors, mirrored walls and white ceiling. Before or after classes, you can socialize in their chill-out lounge and order a healthy smoothies at My Goodness, a cafe which is located within the studio.
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Between the 3rd of December until the 9th of December you can
WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Berliner Unterwelten.
Christmas is upon us – and you should treat yourself and your friends!
@Berliner.Unterwelten and @walkthisway.berlin invite you to explore Berlin Kreuzberg. The map walks you through Berlin Kreuzberg and to the Berliner Unterwelten. The Fichtebunker is the only surviving large bunker of its kind in Germany. It was originally serving as a gasometer for the city's street lights. In world war II it was converted into a large bunker for mothers and children. The Berlin Underworlds organisation offered guided tours through the bunker, which I can only recommend. Bring warm cloth as it is quite cold in the bunker.
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2017 passed by quicker than Sebastian Vettel. Now Christmas is knocking on my door. As I love to spend time with my friends and give away not only "material" gifts but memories, I organized some experiences this year. Maybe you like one or two ideas of mine.
Until March 25th 2018 you can still see the retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid in KunstHalle by Deutsche Bank.
Moms are the best. They trust you every minute, they play with you as long as you want and they give you an Advent calendar - every year. Full of chocolate, books, all the things you love. Even as a grown-up, you still love to get one or treat your friends.
The weekend markets are bustling with pumpkins, the leaves have turned to hues of orange, red and yellow and the air has a cool crispness in it. Autumn is here, and Halloween is just one more reason to fall in love with this beautiful season.
As Halloween is not a German tradition, I ask my American friend Shilpa all about history, superstitions and customs. I also have a recommendation, where you find Halloween in Berlin.
Everyone – maybe besides travel blogger - sits at a desk in front of a computer and is ONLINE these days. But Social Media is not only the enemy. It is not only time consuming and leaves the door open to be copied. If you are a blogger or entrepreneur, you might even say, Social Media has not once made you any money. The people who approach you on Instagram maybe not relevant to you now, but they are now engaged in your brand and might be your future customer and Social Media gives you a wonderful platform to connect with people, you would not meet in everyday life.
I say, yes it is. Priceless - for me - means that an object is invaluable. Because of its rarity and quality, its value can't be calculated in terms of money. For example, many of the greatest art works are considered priceless. Many (not all) of these works are owned by museums that share them with the world. A Jackson Pollock can be sold for over 140 million dollars. Although many people might pay millions of dollars to own these art works, they're considered too valuable to be owned by a private individual. So I am glad that Berlin has a lot of museums and institutions which invite people to see priceless art admission free. Here are my Top 5 free museums in Berlin:
As my travel guides focus on Berlin, I am always happy to discover travel guide for other cities. This year I found Kyiv by Locals, one of few and unique travel guides about Kyiv.
Until recently Ukraine and Kyiv were not really covered in the travel guide section. There are few books, which cover Ukraine in general, but they are old-school and written by people, who probably visited Kyiv once. Olya, Alina, Zoya and Nina created a travel guide, full of places, where locals go and which they love. It is also a very cute present for your friends and relatives – since they also focused on the design. To find out more about the travel guide and the people behind this project, I interviewed Alina. If you interested in traveling to Kyiv, you can buy their travel guide in my shop and Alina`s Top 5 of Kyiv in this article.
This year we did a road trip through Portugal and drove from Faro all the way to Porto. As it took some time to find all the hidden gems and as Portugal seems to be the place to be at the moment, I summarized my favorites.
We flew into Faro and where lucky to get a room at Marians and Pers Airbnb heaven in Loulé. From here we started our trips to:
As I welcome Airbnb guests from all over the world in my home, I do meet fascinating personalities. In July, it was my privilege to share my apartment with Catherine Genest, who is incidentally a writer for the French art magazine Voir.
Art brought her to beautiful Berlin – why wouldn’t it? There are some wonderful galleries and art museums in Berlin. As a writer, Catherine covers art back home in Quebec City. She sought an online space to share the nicest expos she came across while seeing this city: I obliged. While touring these galleries, I searched for some nice cafés and restaurants, for those who like to round off an art day with a bite to eat or a glass of wine.
Pale ale, wheat, Pils, Bock. . . The choice in beers is gigantic in Germany alone. And for every taste the right beer is in place, because beer is not beer! Uncomplicated evening Pils, amber nectar for the gourmets or Bock for strong characters: Which kind of beer fits your personality and which beer harmonises with which food?
The list of the beer ingredients is very easy to grasp thanks to German purity requirements (Reinheitsgebot): water, malt, hop and yeast. And every beer still has its own taste. This range of flavour originates from the use of different kinds of malt which can be produced, for example, from barley, wheat, hop, or yeast as well as by different brewing styles. Experienced brewers can generate by suitable variations a plethora of tastes – completely without other additions.
Do you ever wish you could just live in the past? If so, you’re not alone. An increasing number of people who glorify glowing halcyon days of yore seems to be a defining fixture of the first quarter of the twenty-first century. I have yet to be convinced. Nostalgia, according to Alan Hirsch, is a yearning for an idealized past. The operative word being idealized.
I find myself remembering my own past more warmly than it was. Probably my first childhood memory is of perching on my knees in a dark, high-ceilinged living room and drawing a bird on the wooden floor by tracing its outline in the layer of black dust sprinkled beneath the coal stove. 1986. Weitlingstrasse 90, Berlin.
Berlin is a vegan’s heaven, so it’s not all that surprising that it’d be home to a multitude of trendy vegan restaurants. To help you find these perfect compilation of fresh ingredients, I wrote this Top 5 of vegan restaurants in Berlin for you.
My last and fifth recommendation to upgrade your movie night is Victoria. It is a German drama shot in 2015 directed by Sebastian Schipper. The special fact about this movie is, that it was shot in a single take over two hours. First screened at the Berlin film festival where it won the Silver Bear for Cinematography. The camera follows exchange student Victoria on a dark night with a band of criminal Berliners. The film starts in a techno club in Berlin’s Mitte district around 4am and ends with a bank robbery.
But what would be a movie night without some food to hold on to? This week Nina from Törtchen - Made in Berlin made Nachos. Not German but delicious.
CCB in Neukölln is a newly opened comedy club of devoted people who make you laugh. I am normally not a "comedy show person", but they made me laugh. On any given day you'll see people here performing, rehearsing, writing, drinking, you name it. Note: Their comedy show is in English.
If you are traveling on a budget, but want to enjoy live music, you come to the right city, Berlin gives you many options to visit a free concert or at least to visit a concert for little money. Here you can find my favorite concerts in Berlin.
Another established city landmark is the bright Berlin Philharmonic concert hall. You can check for concert online. If you travel on a budget, I have a tip for you, every Tuesday at 1 pm they offer a Lunch concert for free, no registration needed.