Books and Bagels: a Treetop Review
Books and bagels coffee shop and working space

A review of Books and Bagels, a coffee shop / bagel house in Berlin’s district of Friedrichshain. By July project member Shanti. With grand glass windows exposing its intricate collection of literature, it becomes impossible for any book worms to stroll by Books and Bagels without a curious peak at the very least. Although, once […]

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One month in Berlin: Part 1
One month in Berlin

One month in Berlin: In this series of 5 posts I will relive the amazing summer I spent in 2016 in Berlin on a travel writing programme. This post is part 1: My 5 favourite places to visit in Berlin in the daytime. One month in Berlin (Part 1): My 5 favourite places to visit […]

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Bei Schlawinchen: a treetop review
Berliner bar Bei Schlawinchen

“Bei Schlawinchen”, a review: Antiques; oddballs; sherbet vodka Berlin has a mightily strong dive-bar scene, and the district of Kreuzberg boasts over thirty (that we know of) by itself. Rumour has it that the bar in question, “Bei Schlawinchen”, has never closed in thirty years! I dread to think about the place’s hygiene… The bar’s […]

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Plötzensee Lake: A Treetop Review
Plötzensee lake Berlin

Plötzensee, a review: Frogs; a naked man; miscreants After twenty minutes walk from the gritty heart of Berlin’s district of Wedding, I found lake Plötzensee. This ostensibly tranquil, overgrown pond takes about thirty minutes to circumnavigate by foot. Sitting down on a bench about halfway round I was ready to label it idyllic; the most […]

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Holzmarkt: a treetop review
Holzmarkt Berlin on the river Spree

There’s a lot of ultra-cool hangouts to be found along Berlin’s river Spree and, on a peachy day like this, Holzmarkt might just be the number one choice. It’s home to live music, riverside cafes, pop-up food stands, a wine bar and charming hidden spots to spend the day in privacy. It pulls you in […]

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Internships abroad?
A Travel writer works on their laptop on a plane

Why should I take an internship abroad? Internships are a great stepping stone in between school / university and the workplace. It is a chance to gain some practical work experience in a field that is of real interest to you. Gap year breaks, university summers and just after graduation are often times that people […]

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Did Berlin just skip winter?
Morning view from Berlin Watergate

Last winter (2017 / 2018) I was feeling downtrodden from the grey and the bleak, frosty cold. I felt a lack of warmth from the people in the streets, cafes and bars, too. This sub zero dystopia was a sharp come down after a magical summer, and had me questioning if I had another Berlin […]

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Mauerpark Sundays
Our travel writing courses took us to Mauerpark

Mauerpark is a crazy place in the summer, especially on Sundays. Every week there is a festival atmosphere, featuring a flea market and food stalls; live music and dancing; barbecues and cheap beers. The market is a hugely popular and diverse place, where you can pick up jewellery, antiques, clothes, posters and Berlin memorabilia. Perhaps […]

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Weißer See
Summer gap year programme in Berlin

The ‘Weißer See’ is a quite remarkable inner city, clear water lake, situated in the Berlin district of Pankow (although easily reachable from Friedrichshain). A circle of woodlands encases the eye catching water, a path attracting joggers, dog walkers and anyone keen on an outdoor spot. Once the weather is hot enough, they open up […]

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Badeschiff
Pool on Berlin river spree badeshiff

“Badeschiff” is a serious hot spot in Berlin during the summer months. It is a beach bar, right on the river Spree, with everything you need too enjoy a long, lazy day. The main attraction is the ultra cool swimming pool suspended on the river. To have a glistening light blue rectangle installed above the […]

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