Teste die Biokosmetik von morgen

Time to introduce Europe’s first Paleo Skincare Label to you. You are interested in a sustainable Paleolithic lifestyle and care for the environment? You use biocosmetics from the holistic point of view, and neglect palm oil and mineral oil in your cosmetics? If so, these events are the right ones for you! Sign up for free today, test the new era in biocosmetics, we are happy to welcome you!

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Liebe Freunde,

Der heutige Beitrag ist zur Abwechslung einmal ein Aufruf in eigenem Interesse. Mein Companion und ich haben, inspiriert durch die Paleo Challenge und unseren Gesinnungswandel im Hinblick auf eine ausgewogene und gesunde Ernährung nach den Regeln des Paleo Lifestyle, eine eigene Biokosmetik Marke ins Leben gerufen, die dem Paleo Lifestyle und einer sehr nachhaltigen Lebensweise gerecht wird. Die Inhaltsstoffe sind mit Mitgliedern der DGPE abgestimmt und wir bringen mit unserem Produkt die erste echte Paleo Skincare auf dem deutschsprachigen Kosmetikmarkt heraus.

Ihr habt am 04. April 2017 erstmals die Möglichkeit, in Innsbruck mehr über die Marke und das erste Produkt zu erfahren und es auch zu testen. Am 10. April 2017 folgt dann eine Testimonial Session in Berlin.

Als Dankeschön erhalten alle, die sich bei uns mit ihrer Mailadresse anmelden, das Produkt, sobald wir dieses zur Marktreife gebracht und produziert haben. Bis bald!

Euer BeNicoMa

 

 

 

Der Paleo Lifestyle

Der Paleo Lifestyle – Mein Einstieg in einen Mythos. Angenommen der Mensch hat sich seit Erreichens der letzten Entwicklungsstufe – Homo Sapiens – nicht weiter entwickelt, unser Essen jedoch schon, dann müssten wir mit einer Steinzeiternährung in der heutigen Zeit besser kompatibel sein, ein besseres Lebensgefühl erfahren und von der vergessenen Esskultur profitieren. Im Umkehrschluss ist es auch kein Geheimnis, dass unsere moderne, schnelle Ernährung Ursache vieler Krankheiten ist. Ich finde über die kommenden 30 Tage für euch heraus, ob an dem Mythos etwas dran ist.

Ich ernähre mich normalerweise recht gesund. Das ist zumindest mein Weltbild, von dem ich als Healthcare Professional ausgehe – manche Worte sind echt nicht elegant, wenn man die Deutsche Übersetzung verwendet, daher seht mir bitte den einen oder anderen Anglizismus nach. Trotzdem habe ich gerade in letzter Zeit wieder recht viel zugenommen, ganz ohne über die Stränge zu schlagen und obwohl ich immer mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs bin und ebenso oft in den Bergen, ganz egal, ob auf Mountainbike, Ski oder zu Fuß. Nicht das es großartig stören würde, aber das gesamte Körpergefühl ist derzeit nicht so, wie es sein könnte, wie ich es aus fitten Tagen kenne. Daher habe ich beschlossen, mal etwas Neues auszuprobieren und darüber werde ich hier am 15. Januar 2017 berichten, so ziemlich genau in 30 Tagen.

Vor etwa zwei Jahren habe ich zum ersten Mal vom Paleo Lifestyle gehört. Meine Freunde in Berlin sind voll darauf abgefahren und der eine hat es nun sogar zu seiner Berufung gemacht, oder zumindest teilweise. Er betreibt ein Cross Fit Studio in Berlin, ein modernes Fitness Studio, bei dem es nicht darum geht, irgendwelche Übungen 100 mal zu wiederholen. Bei Black Sheep Athletics Berlin  geht es darum, Spaß in der Gruppe zu haben und dabei überaus fordernde Übungen spielerisch umzusetzen – eben mit Spaß bei der Sache, gepusht durch die Gruppendynamik. Die Leute dort ernähren sich fast alle nach der Paleo Diät. Ich konnte einige Eindrücke gewinnen und das Prinzip hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Und ich werde auch darüber noch schreiben, dann könnt ihr mich leiden sehen – auf den entstandenen Bildern versteht sich.

Zurück zu Paleo. So wie ich es verstehe muss man eigentlich nicht auf vieles verzichten. Gut, Getreide jeglicher Art ist Tabu und anfangs auch industriell verarbeitete Milchprodukte. Da fällt in unserem Kulturkreis schon eine Menge weg. Hinzu kommen viele Hülsenfrüchte und das wichtigste, Zucker. Damit soll erreicht werden, dass unser Körper, der in der Evolution keine großen Fortschritte mehr gemacht hat, seit es die Spezies Homo Sapiens gibt, keinem artifiziellen Ernährungseinfluß ausgesetzt wird, welcher quasi menschgemacht ist. Beobachtet man die Zunahme an industriellen Erkrankungen, insbesondere des metabolischen Syndroms mit Adipositas, Asthma und Diabetes, sowie Allergien und Krebs, so könnte also durchaus etwas dran sein an der Theorie. In jedem Fall soviel, dass ich interessiert daran bin, mehr darüber heraus zu finden und was wäre nahe liegender, als es selbst auszuprobieren? Klar könnte man jetzt auch mit dem zunehmenden Alter der Weltbevölkerung dagegen argumentieren, aber das metabolische Syndrom, Krebs und letale Herz-Kreislauf Erkrankungen kommen immer häufiger schon bei sehr jungen Menschen vor. Das halte ich dagegen und deshalb überzeuge ich mich selbst.

Ich möchte euch hier im ersten Beitrag nur kurz sensibilisieren und gegebenenfalls um Mithilfe bitten, falls ihr bereits Erfahrungen habt, diese in den Kommentaren zu teilen und weitere Empfehlungen auszusprechen. Ich habe noch Nachholbedarf bei der Differenzierung der verschiedenen Stile der Paleo Diät, dabei sind mir Labels und Verbote solange egal, solange sie nicht sehr gut begründet sind. Es soll schmecken, Spaß machen und etwas bringen, einer unnötigen Qual möchte ich mich nicht aussetzen. Aber die Meinung ist frei, daher nur her mit euren Kommentaren!

Gängige Seiten, die ich selbst verwende und konsultiere sind Mark’s Daily Apple, der Blog von Chris Kresser, das Paleo Wiki und Paleo360 – eine erste Einleitung könnt ihr auch bei Wikipedia unter dem Begriff Steinzeiternährung finden. Ich freue mich über euer Feedback und hoffe, dass ich noch den einen oder anderen nützlichen Hinweis von euch einsammeln kann, bevor ich euch in knapp 30 Tagen berichte, wie es mir bei der 30 Tage Paleo Challenge ergangen ist. Ich veröffentliche dann mein Logbuch, mit dem, was ich gegessen habe und wie sich das Gewicht dazu verhalten hat – und am wichtigsten, wie es mir dabei ergangen ist.

Noch etwas in eigener Sache: Bisher war der Blog stets in Englisch geschrieben und ich mache damit auch weiter. Dennoch möchte ich in Zukunft meiner eigenen Sprache mehr Gewicht einräumen. Daher wird es zeitlich versetzt zu den Originalartikeln immer ein englisches Transkript geben, ganz so, wie es sich zeitlich einrichten lässt.

If you are used to the English version of BeNicoMa.com I kindly ask your patience. Since I want to focus a little bit more on the people and community of my surrounding, to catch regional trends, I will write in German first. I promise to repost the English transcript of each article which will be published on the Blog a tad later – when there is time for the translation. Many thanks for your understanding!

BeNicoMa: Life Style and Visualization

The focus of BeNicoMa changes from Travel journalism to visualization of Life Style and analysis of its products.

Dear fellow readers, dear friends

As you know, time is always a limiting factor in our everyday life. A dayjob, other responsibilities, or simply enjoyment of your free time – all good reasons to be distracted. BeNicoMa started with the intention to bring impressions of travel and reports about all the different places of this planet, with focus on the cuisine of different cultures, and the idea in mind to guide you to places that are not visible on the beaten track. Those promised reports are all not forgotten, but it takes plentiful time to work up all the information, and especially all the photography taken on those journeys.

You deserve a more up-to-date website, than travel reports on an irregular basis could offer you. My time to travel is too limited to deliver articles on a regular basis, to call this a profession that you do for a living. That’s why the focus of BeNicoMa will be changed a little bit. Travel will still come, every now and then – as a subcategoric contribution to our new focus Life Style.

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That’s how it looks when you manufacture your cosmetics at home

What is Life Style? It is nothing more than a temporary common sense of what is enjoyable, hip, and what you are willing to do, do experience a convenient life – temporary because Life Style changes drastically over time, although some mile stones remain constant. That are, if quality of a product is right or the price justified, and in our common sense more and more if the product was manufactured sustainable.

We will contribute to these timeless topics of Life Style – on one hand as critical analysts of the market, right here on the Blog – examining every day products like food supplement, cosmetics and products of medical use from the standpoint of a professional. On the other hand we offer services of visualization, plus we accompany you to visualize what you would like to hold in hands for your campaigns, your business or website – just ask for consultancy. You can already find an ever growing stock of Life Style defining topics – Travel included with impressions from many different locations worldwide.

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BeNicoMa just became contributor to the Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe Stock)

The instagram presence of @benicoma is always up-to-date and it is easy to get a first impression there. Follow the feed to keep inspired and see what will be next on the Blog. Travel will be on this feed as well, giving a visualized insight with just few text. The reports on the Blog follow when the visualization is completed.

You can also ask for consultancy in Pharmacy. There will never be consultancy in regard to the intake or adverse effects of drugs on this Blog – but you will be able to find healthcare related articles soon. Have fun exploring the new BeNicoMa.

Nightshift in the hospital

Nightsessions are one kind of my favorites. A little variation with a workflow shooting in the clinic at night can be a welcomed diversification to the beautiful city- and landscapes

I love to do sessions where I get the opportunity to document pros at work. A recent night spent with two lovely nurses brought up some cool insights into worklife at the clinic. There’s more to come, but those are the first impressions for you. Pretty cool, right?

Inspiration from charismatic Timothy Ferris

You need inspiration to flee the rat race (Hamsterrad)? You are sick to be a slave of society, where the dictate of wages and employment takes lots of your energy, which could be spend elsewise to perform better? Just get inspired by the attached video and dig the book I provide here. It might be a long needed initiation for you as well!

As you see, the whole project suffered a bit from the latest duties I had to fulfill. Some are duties of honor, others are simply to be able to pay my bills, like working 7 – 4. Time to get back to what this blog was ultimately all about – travel, information for your convenience, insider tips and the photography which depicts everything in an easy accessible way… For me the finding of Tim’s newest activity is like a backflash, like a sunrise, after a long period of darkness.

Amsterdam Sunrise Watching the sun rising over the channels (Grachten) of Amsterdam is a great experience. The mild light of the early sun is golden and dyes the beautiful reflections of the facades – which you will see some more the next time on this feed… A welcoming moment, the start of a new day after a night full of impressions from this Theme Park for adults. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Follow @BeNicoMaFeature Tag your best shots to #BeNicoMaFeature Be featured on ◆ instagram ◆ Blog and ◆ Pinterest •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #igersamsterdam #Holland #Amsterdam #super_holland #wonderful_holland #special_shots #ig_mood #ig_masterpiece #createcaptura #nightphotography #nightimages #longexpoelite #bns_longexp #tgif_longXpo #loves_longexpo #tv_longexposure #transfer_visions #tv_travel #travel_magazine #longexpohunter #amazing_longexpo #timelight @timelightinceptions #igmasters #superhubs_life #dream_spots #livewildbefree @wildandfreelife #instagramersoftheyear_europa #instagramersoftheyear

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For now, I want to share some inspiration I just received by the one, who opened my eyes a couple of years ago, when I read his first book – Die 4-Stunden-Woche: Mehr Zeit, mehr Geld, mehr Leben, that is better known as The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich with its original English title. I am referring to Timothy Ferris of course, a charismatic guy, who mastered self-establishment and learning.

You cannot imagine, what a lasting influence his work brought to my life. It basically opened my eyes, and although I am still working, and really love what I do, I prefer to leave the rat race as well as soon as possible, to be free to chose, what I really want to do and what I really want to learn – most importantly, to chose where to live on this wonderful planet. Who isn’t?

Tim refers to us, who are on the step of realizing the freedom and self-employment, as “Wantrepreneurs”, and he is right, that dreaming and hazzling with those dreams doesn’t move a penny. To get you a deeper impression I recommend to view this quick trailer, and if you are interested in what you see, you can dig deeper e.g. by checking out the book, which is easy accessible via the link you find above. Have fun getting inspiredn and remember, it is never too late to start. I promise to come back with some new reports from recent travels soon!

Nordkette Wetterleuchten Festival over Innsbruck

The Nordkette Wetterleuchten Festival is a cosy open air on Seegrube (1905 m) over Innsbruck. You get two days of electronic sounds, served with THE VIEW, down to city and far into the Alps at night. A truly amazing experience!

This year’s Alps Festival Wetterleuchten has been stunning! The weather was stable and actually perfect, with true Wetterleuchten – thunderstorms seen from the distance – over other regions of the Alps.

Overlooking the festivities of the Nordkette Wetterleuchten Eletronic Music Festival over Innsbruck, Austria
Overlooking the festivities of the Nordkette Wetterleuchten Eletronic Music Festival over Innsbruck, Austria

There have been two tents with great, bassy electronic beats, in the bigger tent mashed up with some classics from time to time. Sound was great and dancing actually lots of fun! Everywhere you go up there, you find the tents of the people who stay there over-night. A mild night with around 18 °C on 1905 m, pretty warm and comfortable.

Chillout at the campfire
Chillout at the campfire
The big campfire, chill and warm-up while the bass vibrates in ears and body.
The big campfire, chillout and warm-up while the bass vibrates in ears and body.

People are in a good mood, but many decide to take the cable car home before 3 A.M. I sit down at the campfire for a while, get back to dancing and decide to leave with the last cable car at 3 A.M. as well. It takes me another hour to get home, but the walk was worth it. To be continued…

Happy New Year 2015

A happy New Year 2015 to everyone!

BeNicoMa wishes a great start into 2015 to everyone, with a bang, with friends and family and lots of joy!

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New Years Eve fireworks in Berlin, Germany and many spectators… Enjoy the night!

 

Lots of health, love, satisfaction with what you do & achieve and last but not least, some beautiful adventures to everyone! Celebrate well and get into the new year2015 – safely!

Christmas, time for family

I want to wish a Merry Christmas to everyone reading this blog! The most valuable institution in our life is our family. This is why I dedicate this entry to my family and its history that nothing will be forgotten and the history can be passed on.

I want to wish a Merry Christmas to everyone reading this blog – or in German Frohe Weihnachten! The most valuable institution in our life is our family. This is why I dedicate this entry to my family and its history!

Merry Christmas to all of you!
Merry Christmas to all of you who follow the entries on BeNicoMa.com and many thanks for your support, I am glad to have you here and wish you peaceful Christmas holidays!

Many conflicts divide our society, the different peoples of the world and the family as an institution suffer from restrictions, which are caused by our economic interests and the pressure, built up by our society… This should not be the case since the family is the only institution in life, that is not exchangeable and if you are peaceful and in harmony with the ones you are related to, everything is so much better.

With this entry I want to remember my grandparents, who both were Chinese, coming a long way during the time of Nazi Germany. This entry is dedicated to all relatives, as a source of history that our ancestors may not be forgotten …

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The inner family on a glance: Madga with Teh Wei on her lap, besides my father Teh Li, Teh Dscheng (Ted), Teh Ko and Teh Hsing – from left to right. In the back is my grandfather Ting Sheng. The picture is from 1944 or 1945, and was taken in Germany.

The name of my grandmother, Chao Ti Ling (that is her maiden name) and later Ma, means as much as “Call me the little brother” since Madga (mother) as we used to call her, was born into the Chinese part of my family solely with sisters. The name implies the wish for a son. She was from Wenzhou in China and was born in 1916.

Chao Ti Ling, with 16 years in China - We just called her Madga
Chao Ti Ling, with 16 years in China – We just called her Madga. For what she achieved in those tough times, she is one of my alltime idols, may she rest in peace!

My grandfather Ting Sheng Ma was merchant and much older than her. He was born in 1898 in the region Chekiang (Zhejiang) in China but I couldn’t get more detailed information about him from my uncle. Here you see some pictures of family members from China but my uncle Teh Ko couldn’t provide more information about them since he doesn’t know better. The pictures are all what is left as a connect to the Chinese background of the family in China and albeit from him, nobody speaks Chinese anymore, which is a pity.

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I use the Chinese letter for Ma as signum for my photography and in future I will apply it as a seal in all official purposes.

Our last name Ma is written like depicted here and the meaning is “Hemp plant under the firmament“, if you translate it into a western meaning. The name is rare in the meanwhile, since most Ma‘s are derived from the meaning horse. We don’t know much about our family background in China. My grandparents came alone in 1933, when my grandmother was 17 years old. They came with the Transsiberian train, via Russia, to Dingen in Poland as their first home in Europe. I could not find the Polish name for it nowadays but have the names of the other cities where my family lived in those times. They moved several times in between Germany and Poland.

All my uncles were born in Europe. My grandparents moved from their first destination Dingen to Łódź – which was called Litzmannstadt by that time. In Łódź, which belongs to Poland again after the end of WWII, my uncles Teh Ko (1935) and Teh Hsing (1937) were born. Most of the provided information was given to me by Teh Ko, who remembers lots of details, despite his age. Teh Tscheng (1939) – who was just called Ted later, because he moved to Canada to found his own family – was born in Poland as well. The family wanted to return to China in 1939 due to the ongoing and developing war on the countryside in the East. My grandfather was quite successful with trading by that time but the Germans took everything, which made their return impossible. A relatively big Chinese community lived in the Łódź area and many of them returned to China if somehow possible. In 1939/40 the family moved to Berlin. Their first home in Berlin was in Wallner Theaterstrasse 26, in district C2 in 1940. My father Teh Li was born in Charité in 1942.

Madga in Germany
Madga in Germany, before the times of color photography

In the winter of 1942/43 the bombings of Berlin started and Teh Ko remembers that they have been heavy. He remembers that the windows were clotted and covered with paper everywhere to prevent the breaking glass, due to the bombings, from scattering as dangerous slivers. He also remembers, that he was once hit at the leg by a shrapnel while leaving the bunker. In general he reports that they had relatively few problems with the Nazis. The only thing he mentioned was, that my grandfather should get retracted by the Nazis to fight for the Wehrmacht in 1942/43 – In contrast my father and my Canadian cousin Oliver claim, that my grandfather was forced to leave for compulsory labor in a camp but Madga prevented his vitiation by arguing with the Nazis how she should be able to feed and raise four boys without a father, that’s what she said herself. Maybe the truth is somewhere in between… It will be tough to reproduce the true happenings.

Due to the massive bombings families with many children were evacuated to the countryside – as Teh Ko states on a tractor – in the year 1944 and in a measure called “Storch“. They were moved to Dahlhausen in Brandenburg, about 110 km North-East of Berlin, close to Wittstock / Dosse, and lived initially in the house of Pastor Schmidt in the year of 1944. They were looted again, this time of the Russian red army, although the grandfather had buried everything. On the countryside they were shifted several times and in the same year 1944 my youngest uncle Teh Wei was born in Kutno, which was called Schröttersburg by that time and was part of Schlesien, but belongs to Poland again today. 

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On this picture are Teh Hsing, Teh Tscheng, Teh Li, Madga and Teh Ko from left to right and some unknown friends of the family.

After the war in 1945/46 the family returned to Berlin and lived in the Auguste-Viktoria-Strasse in Berlin-Grunewald. The children received Chinese lessons from their private teacher Gau Guan Shi. My grandfather didn’t return with the family, he traded with slippers in Poznan (Posen) of Poland, where he lived and worked in Loketka 26 to support the family, and while in Berlin, he carried luggage and traded carpets and china porcelain together with Teh Ko. The both were hawking, traded in the streets and in restaurants, my grandmother took care of the children by that time and the family did alright – both, my uncle and my father confirmed that, independently from each other.

In 1947 my grandfather moved to Frankfurt / Main and Teh Ko followed him in 1949, while the rest of the family remained in Berlin. In 1961 Madga opened the first Chinese restaurant in Müllerstrasse, Berlin-Wedding. Another business of hers was a shop for Chinese wares in Hauptstrasse, Berlin-Schöneberg…

To be continued!

If anyone can and wants to contribute to add to the puzzle of family history, please contact me via my contact form. The attached gallery shows different members of the family and the names and relations to me are given as far as I know. The idea and task to create this entry was granted to me by my cousins Oliver Ma from Canada. I met him, his sister Stephani Ma, and my little cousins Savanna and Etienne, his kids for the first time (that I remember) in 2013, during my Eastcoast Roadtrip. An awesome experience and we will see each other again! I wish happy Christmas Holidays to everyone and hope to be able to gather some more info during the time. Take care!

Berlin Special: The 25th anniversary of re-unification

The re-unification of Germany is the glorious history of November 9th in German History. There have been different times at this date, but today this entry brings some impressions from my childhood in West-Berlin, some thoughts and of course photography of the 25th anniversary celebrations.

“I’m a child of an island in the red sea.” That’s what I always stated, when we had discussions about East vs West in the past. This is a long topic and the re-unification was not always as smooth as it might seem to you.

We had many discussions with our East German counterparts, because we – from the West – had everything and were arrogant – from the point of view of East Germans. Heard that the last time, when the East Germans behaved exactly like that, getting everything we prepared as group work and being arrogant when questioned for doing so in the studies of Pharmacy in Berlin“Now it’s our turn, you had everything, all the years before” was the unacceptable answer. Maybe they have been right, but it was not my fault or the fault of my colleagues from the West, we have been small children by that time. That’s already nearly ten years in the past – and the sad thing about it is, that all the glory of a moment and all the hope and good will is replaced by routine – getting back to the routes, forgetting what was important, all too fast.

Today it’s hard to distinct who is East and who is West German – it does not matter anymore or the importance vanishes more and more, at least in my generation. It’s good like that, we are one people. 

“I’m a child from an island in the Red Sea.”

By employing this phrase I stated, that I am from West-Berlin, I was born and raised there. Former West-Berlin to be adequate. The place in Germany which was surrounded by the soviet occupancy – the red and since it was a big area surrounding West-Berlin the metaphor “Island in the Red Sea” made sense to me. The DDR (GDR, i.e. German Democratic Republic) was under Russian patronage, but still controlled by their own East German people – the secretary general and his executive the VoPos (Volkspolizei, i.e. peoples police). West-Berlin was a spot of Western life in the middle of the communistic driven DDR – connected to East-Berlin via closed bridges everywhere, with the most prominent Oberbaumbrücke, Bornholmer Brücke in the inner city and Glienicker Brücke towards Brandenburg – those are bridges over the rivers Spree and Havel.

I come from the former British sector, from Berlin-Wilmersdorf. I still remember radio stations like RIAS which means Radio In the American Sector. I still know the surveillance station on Teufelsberg as a guarded stronghold of the American – or allied – forces. I know the term “Rosinenbomber” and connected to that, the importance of the Airport Berlin-Tempelhof, which was the only airport in the beginning, right after the wall was built in August 1961, to bring supplies and food to West-Berlin. Visit the memorial park while you are in Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburger Tor, to see the most popular places, where the separation was obviously visible – and Eastside Gallery to see authentic left overs of the Berlin Wall.

While for us in West-Berlin traveling was possible during the whole time, it was not as comfortable as today. We had to pass the DDR, on the corridors that were open to the West-Berliners and Western Germans to enter Berlin. This act – yes it was! – was called Transit. You had to wait at the border leaving West-Berlin and again at the border to enter BRD, or Western Germany, as it was called in the past. And this Transit was not always smooth, some days you had to wait hours to be allowed to reenter or they didn’t let you at all. I remember one night in winter, when I was a small kid. We have not been allowed to enter BRD and had to wait at the border for ten hours, before it was reopened. The allied forces handed soup and sheets for the people waiting and the VoPos checked every car with dogs for fleeing people. That was reality and I still have this image on my mind of soldiers digging our luggage, a submachine gun over the shoulder, the dogs in the car. On the highways of DDR, the speed limit was 100 km/h, unimaginably slow compared to today – for Germany, that is known for the fun Autobahn experience. When you took your pets, you had to present them to the veterinaries at the border and pay a fee. When you wanted to enter the DDR to visit relatives or friends, you had to pay a fee and change Deutsche Mark into Ostmark. Life was certainly different.

I was six years old, when the wall fell on November 9th 1989. I don’t remember too much anymore. I just remember everyone went nuts. There was a great excitement in the air. My mum went alone, she left us at home on this night. I think it is a pity. I think we would still remember what happened nowadays. But a couple of days after the fall of the wall, we went into East-Berlin to discover it. What I remember: The smell was so different! It smelled like coal, burning coal. The wall must have prevented the smell to come over. And the Trabbies smelled horrific by that time as well. Everything was grey and rundown, compared to today where the eastern parts of Berlin shine so beautiful. You could still see the bullet holes in the walls of many buildings, the holes which date back to WW II. 

This is a shot from November 9th 2014 in Berlin Mauerpark, exactly 25 years later, on the minute, after the wall between former Western Germany and GDR fell. You see the moment when the balloons got released – they built a wall of light all along the former border of Berlin and in the moment the balloons took off the light faded. You can see this moment in long exposure. Many people have been around to witness this event all along the former wall. A special feeling was in the air, of joy & happiness, as of hope and expectations. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ #ig_worldclub #igworldclub #ig_clubaward #featuremeinstagood @instagood #loves_world #insta_crew #ig_exquisite #ig_masterpiece #ig_costarica #IG_EUROPE #igs_europe #ig_europa #igs_world #theworldshotz #artofvisuals @artofvisuals #timelight @timelightinceptions #worldbestshot #instafameshots #exklusive_shot #hot_shotz #superhubs #superhubs_shot @superhubs_shot #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #igglobalclub #iggloballife #tv_longexposure #tgif_longXpo #throughanewlensecontest @natgeotravel #diestadtberlin

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We visited Friedrichstadtpalast and witnessed a suite of Tschaikowski, played by the former East-German variete, and we visited the Naturkundemuseum in Mitte. That have been the first two events respectively places I remember in accordance to the re-unification. And today?

Everything seems normal! Berlin is one, no doubt about that. But I still have the feeling it is different when you hit the East German countryside in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. But it is good that it is like it is and our children will hopefully realize, that times have been different, will hopefully understand, that everyone can be thankful, this never ending cold-war is over, once and for all. What we should learn out of that? Make Love not war, everywhere on this planet. It might be a special case in the history of Germany, with all the guilt, the forgiveness, the separation and finally the re-unification – November 9th is a dark and a glorious date – has both sides in German history and a date which will always be bound to that history. But the principle I address of making love and not war is the same, no matter about what wall we are talking, no matter which religion we believe in and which economic interests are on our list. People have to understand that, finally, once and for all. 

And to visualize the celebration of the 25th anniversary of this epic event, I took some pictures, mainly in Mauerpark of the event itself, some close to Bornholmer Brücke and some the days before along Oberbaumbrücke and Eastside Gallery, as well as at Brandenburger Tor, where the rests of the inner Berlin wall can be found. I wrote about the area between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain – including Eastside Gallery – a couple of month ago and you can find the entry here.

Eastcoast Roadtrip 2013 – Boston nightlife, an inner monologue

A small report about my nightlife experience in Boston, where I attended a concert of a faous rockbank, the Two Door Cinema Club.

F*ck, they really start on time… First thought when I enter the concert hall. Today I attend the concert of the Two Door Cinema Club.

WTF a small beer costs $7?! Glad I came here by car. A band plays some decent rock music, a group of about 50 people is nodding to the sound, they form a little block right in front of the stage. This is obviously not Two Door Cinema ClubGoing out in the USA is certainly different. You have to leave the building to smoke and on return line-up again, a good reason to let it be.

By the way, this monologue comes right out of my mind, exactly like that! 🙂

My way here was crazy: I am quite late so I decide to take the car. And have an accident with an afroamerican guy, I hit the brakes hard… but my car touches his, when he suddenly brakes, while I check the way with a quick peek on the map. – He jumps out of the car, I tell him I am foreigner and needed to check the map, that I am very sorry and I could call the cops, if he insists. The magic word, he says I better take care the next time, there is no damage at our cars, and he doesn’t seem to like the cops, so he leaves. Man that was close and I was really lucky…

But back to the happening in the concert hall. It was just a pre game band, but they were good. I ask at the bar, they tell me, there will be two more groups before the main act starts. It’s really weird how the people in front of the stage form this block. The emotions are not yet at climax. It seems a bit like they are waiting to be invited to enjoy themselves.

Besides me sits a kid of 10 years with its mom. Isn’t it a tad late for such little kids? Thought it’s AO in the USA to get into a nightclub, at least in regard to drinking. And the kid really sleeps now on the lap of the mom. It’s so loud in here but it sleeps. Crazy!

Next pre band coming up, it’s getting full. The band sounds like a synthesis of Coldplay and Bloc Party.

Damn, just saw Mount Kimbie hits this place next week, they are really great! Just saying Made to Stray Morning High Remix. I will not make it to that concert, and this is one of their songs I really worship and you should check it out. A pity I will miss that.

The plan is to discover Maine for two days and the wilderness and do some Indian Summer hiking in Baxter State Park. The summit is the aim and without that I don’t want to continue… A preferable plan in my opinion, since the mood it still not bursting and a summit experience beats that by far. Hey but the band has a really hot keyboarder girl! 🙂

Just now a tad obese person gave some ear protections – the ones you put in the ears – to the mother of the little girl. Awww, hope they are unused. The pre-band just finished, I go for another cigarette, the whole lining-up shit included. Seems to me like a musical with plentiful breaks and I hope in that moment, that first of all Placebo appears in concert in NYC and second, that the NYC crowd rocks a little bit more, than people do here. The pre-bands have been Smallpools and St. Lucia, they were actually pretty decent, just for your info, when you want to study Indie Rock that is outta there and need some ideas. And what I notice as well… The floor is covered with carpet, I hate carpets and in a place like that, where thousands of people go around, it’s probably not the best choice.

It’s quiet… nothing goes on stage… And then they start Limp Bizkit from the record with Keep Rollin’ – alright! But not necessarily what I expected.

Harpoon Beer is actually quite tasty… This thought of mine is followed by Nelly with Must be the Money… Alright, what a mix of genres! What’s up in the almighty land of entertainment? Seems to me, Europe is far ahead in the meanwhile in regard to nightlife entertainment – especially Berlin – but even IBK in some regards. When the Two Door Cinema Club does not deliver properly, even newcomer Milky Chance, who I saw in Innsbruck‘s Weekender last week, was better.

The hall is huge by the way… Hope you can see it on those cellphone pictures.

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It’s as huge as the hall Tyrol of the IBK convention center, the biggest lecture hall of Free University of Berlin in Rostlaube or has the double size of our foyer in CCB.Not so easy to draw a comparison here, which will be understood by everyone.

Ahhh Still D.R.E. is played – good old reliable Hip-Hop. And it is still alive in America, which I love. Memories of my time as teenager come up.

And there it plays… Eric Pryde, Call on me… Followed by Darude with Sandstorm. 1999 here we are! Some rednecks dance discofox to that song (!!!), epic fail. On the other hand: For those images alone the admission fee von $75 was worth it! Then: Hedaway, What is love (baby don’t hurt me), back to the early 90’s ya!

Finally Two Door Cinema Club hits the stage, the girls scream, some probably lose their conscious, awesome! It’s 8:05 PM, pretty much on time! I head to the crowd now, to experience this concert right up front.

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The concert is awesome and I am in the 10th line in front of the stage. Party is on and when the concert is over all too soon at 9:20 PM the crowd yells, screams, and due to that asks for another round of concert awesomeness – even without the necessity to ask for “One more song!” – this is delivered automatically by the band. Have to say the mood was really cool when the actual band attended, the wait until they attended, not.

Now everyone leaves the hall all in a sudden, I don’t know why? I look around and walk up to a guy from the security what’s the matter. They tell me, the underaged need to leave and from 10 PM the party starts again, with the door selecting all the underaged, i.e. < 21 years.

I am hungry so I decide to go to Taiwan Cafe in Chinatown, right around the corner. I ride home and get more cash, than I return – and find out that I am numb after this experience.

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After the party, my impressions from the party – it’s 2:00 AM. The club became empty at 1:30 AM all of a sudden and outside everyone was fighting for the Taxis – good to have a car, it started raining as well. And I hope, it won’t rain or even snow, when I go hiking, it’s the least I would wish for.

The look back to this event: 11:55 PM. Now we talk party but truly PAAAARTY! I didn’t expect that to happen anymore – and there are again ladies who heat up the mood of the people in short clothes – to bring the mood to the climax. The music is mediocre but I have a Red Bull, that builds me up after so many kilometers of walking this day. I have some nice flirts, a hot girl pours me a drink, but when I ask her out to talk somewhere else where I can understand her better, she neglects. Strange world.

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The resumee: It was a stunning concert but the nightlife seems so controlled in the USA. You can not just go to a public event / party and enjoy yourself and the fact everything is over at 2:00 AM was not really appreciable. But after all this experience was great and the Two Door Cinema Club in concert is worth to be visited!