EUROPE PHOTO DIARY 2

Jan 29, 2012

I've had a pretty poor track record with chronicling my travels on the blog, usually because in the end I don't want to share too much about my personal life. Traveling to me is such a personal, intimate experience that's difficult to summarize by slapping some photos on the internet and calling it a day. Or am I just making another grandiose excuse for laziness? Well this trip was a little different since it was for work so I'm making more of an effort. Plus, I find myself living vicariously through others' travel photos when I'm stuck at the office. Kick your feet up in the cubicle and enjoy (or be annoyed by) (it's all perspective people!) part dos...Berlin.

This leg of our journey was primarily to attend tradeshows. The first was Bread & Butter at this historic (now non-functioning) airport. I won't get into the details, but Germany is a country rich in history and everywhere there is a story to be told.


Heading from one side of Berlin to the other, to catch the Bright tradeshow.


Held in the old Stasi Headquarters building. The registration area had all these etched portraits in the floor...

Tradeshows get pretty seen-one-seen-em-all, but this one had an interesting mini golf room. It was like an interactive art installation. You can watch a video about it here...

Sick of this outfit yet? I know I was. This time with Ann Demeulemeester boots...
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The next day exploring Berlin retail. Three words come to mind - rain, hypothermia, and graffiti.


My friend performed at the Platoon in Seoul so I was super excited to spot one in Berlin.


I think by this time we had had some form of meat and potatoes for every single meal for days, so my digestive tract was in dire need of a break. All I kept thinking about was Jamba Juice. We chanced upon this Korean restaurant and I damn near cried. If you're ever in Berlin, check it out! Yam Yam...

Unintentional stylin. Rain was coming from every which direction and my beanie just wasn't cutting it, so I had to make an emergency headwear purchase. Looking at this photo I like how the Kelly Wearstler scarf adds a little contrast. I'm generally not a stylish traveler, mostly plain black outfits. One good thing about face-freezing-off weather though, it does just that. It literally freezes your makeup to your face. No matter how much rain got misted into my face or how much breath vapor dampened my face under my scarf, I would come home to the hotel at night and it would all be there exactly as I left in the morning. This would never happen in California.


The one touristy thing we got to do was visit Checkpoint Charlie, the remnants of a main crossing point from East Berlin into West Berlin where the wall used to be.



Like I said, lots of history.

21 comments :

meagan said...

woah, never realized that berlin was a hotspot for street art. the boots look perrrrfect with the coat too. hope you had a good time!

kittenmasks said...

Whaaaattttt - in freezing weather, my face overcompensates in the oil dept and my make up runs like it's summer. UNFAIRRRRR!! This is gonna sound creepy, but I feel like we've gotta have some friends in common.

Prêt à Porter P said...

Ann D boots look very cool on you.

bravegrrl said...

NO Not sick of that outfit.

Joy. // Justlikesushi.com said...

I love how you show these travel pictures! Soo real! I've been to Berlin once and I also got inspired by the rich history of the city!

jessica january said...

i love berlin, could go back a million times over
january, x
jessicajanuary.com

nataliya said...

yo those baker boards scare the shit out of me! and those boots will haunt my dreammmmmmzzzzzzz!

nataliya
sewniice.blogspot.com

TheMinx said...

these photos more than most other blogger snapshots of their trips give me a really strange sense of what it felt like to be in Berlin. Something about them is very intense. Awesome post.

monkeyshines ♥ said...

beautiful fun captures, amazing coat!

Bises,
monkeyshines
http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

Lolo said...

Great photos!
I love Berlin. I was there recently - very cold! - and I'm going again in May. I love all the vintage markets, I'm hoping to check out more next time I go.

Like you said, there's so much history there. That's one of the things I love about the place. It isn't hidden - it's everywhere you turn!

Anonymous said...

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Hannah said...

jealous. Wish I was in raining europe right now. Also, your cinemagraph(s) are just lovely. I'm in the process of figuring that mess out myself.

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Ria said...

Hahaha that's going to be me in NYC next week except my coat isn't nearly as cool as yours. I just can't do cold weather dressing. Too acclimated to Florida/California weather.

Natalie (Fashion Intel) said...

Duuuuuude, thanks for sharing your travel photos. These kinds are my favorite, and Germany gives me such a strange feeling. Look forward to hearing about it in person.

Dag said...

I love Berlin! I know Yum Yum and my favorite restaurant Monsieur Vuong is on the same street. Btw, you look super cool, even in the cold:)

Karissa said...

Love travel photos. And that hat and scarf.

xo

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Eurie said...

how do you do the stop motion thing?
I love your blog btw!

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Sara said...

just moved to berlin so I loved checking out your photos. I will definitely check out Yam Yam - I am in serious need of something sans sour cream right now. Hope the weather wasn't too insanely cold!

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INVITUS said...

I got my apartment on the other side of that abandoned building on one of the last pictures! Born and raised in Berlin, i really like u had a good time in my hood :)

Tatj said...

Lovely coat. Anyway I made a great discovery thanks to Helmut Lang x guest blogger.