The Breakfast Guide for any Mood

Breakfast. It used to be that one meal during the day that I really didn’t have to think about. Porridge on weekdays, and a croissant and a boiled egg on the weekend if I was feeling fancy. But then I moved to Berlin and within a few weeks, breakfast turned into one of the most important meals of the day.

Not necessarily because I was constantly recovering from big nights out, but because I discovered how amazing breakfast can be. Pancakes, avocado, home-cooked oats, the best cheeses and coffee that blows your mind – I never wanted to eat porridge again. I once read that while New York is the city that never sleeps, Berlin is the city where it’s always someone’s morning – and therefore always time for breakfast. Here’s my breakfast guide for any mood!

Central Berlin - Breakfast
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Beyond Prefab: the GDR’s Best (?) Architects

What do you know about architecture in the GDR? It started with the Stalinist palaces on Karl-Marx-Allee and ended with endless boring prefab buildings (‘Plattenbauten’)? Think again. Even though building was – like everything else in the GDR – a government-run affair, there were still some architects that grew to be stars. They designed properties that still define Berlin, each an inseparable part of the time they were built in and each telling us about more than just architecture. So allow me to introduce you to three of the most remarkable architects of the GDR.

Central Berlin - Nikolaiviertel
Korn: Nikolaiviertel. Image courtesy of
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Spring! (and How to Deal with It)

“You went for a run? How do you do that? It’s so cold!” My Australian neighbour (“We have 10 days of clouds where I’m from”) couldn’t believe I’d gone for a run last week, when the temperature was 10 degrees Celsius. “It’s spring!” I told her. And yes, now that we almost hit the 20-degree mark last Monday, it really IS spring. Finally. We survived winter. So in order to make myself even happier and to inspire you, it’s time to make plans for my favourite time of the year.

Central Berlin - Frühling in Berlin

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The Perfect Berlin Day for GDR Lovers

So I’m assuming if you’re reading this, you’re (to some extent) as fascinated by the GDR as I am. You might have visited Berlin before, or maybe you’re still planning your first visit. And chances are you’re thinking: where to start?! I know, because I had the same feeling while planning for New York a couple of weeks ago. Fear no more, because I am here to provide you with the perfect day for fans of (GDR) history. Good to know: make sure you have a day ticket for the public transport.

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Road Trip through the Former GDR

My fascination for the GDR goes back many years now – I even studied its history in college – but somehow I’d never seen anything of East Germany except Berlin. So three summers ago, I decided it was time for a road trip. Mark and me packed our things, crossed the Dutch-German border and went all the way east. It was time to finally get to know this part of Germany that I was so intrigued by.

Central Berlin - GDR Roadtrip

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