Roam the City

Roam the City

These are a few photos I took around Berlin over the last few weeks. The first photo was taken at Checkpoint Charlie. The second was taken at a little ‘sign graveyard’ I found in a mall near Alexanderplatz. And the third photo has a story of its own.

I’m very, very, very excited to announce that my mama is coming to visit Germany tomorrow! I’m so thrilled to see her and show her around Berlin! We will also be traveling around Germany for a few days so there won’t be any new posts after this weekend. I’m already preparing my camera for our adventure. I know there will be lots to see and I can’t wait to share it! 😀

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My first photo of a Stolperstein (Stumbling Stone). They are a cobblestone-sized memorial for an individual victim of Nazism. They are placed in front of the last residence of the victim.
All stumbling blocks begin with ‘HERE LIVED…’. I stumbled upon the residence where Thiene Feder once lived. She was born in 1867, deported on August 7, 1942, and murdered in Maly Trostinec (extermination camp).
There are over 32,000 Stumbling Stones, not only in Germany, but also in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, and Norway.
After finding out the meaning of these little blocks, I’ve decided to post a photo of any Stolpersteine that I come across. Once I have enough photos, these discovered Stumbling Blocks will have a page of their own.
The artist who came up with this idea and installs these brass plaques says that “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”.

Don’t Mess With…

Don’t Mess With…

It is officially past the first day of spring, and the ground and trees are still covered with snow. My thoughts are floating back to Texas and I feel a little homesick. I know exactly what I’m missing. I’m missing the time when the temperature outside is perfect, the Bluebonnets and wild flowers spring up, and my family gets together for Easter.

Spring time doesn’t last long in Texas though…Summer is just around the corner!

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Hidden Bluebonnet field
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My friend and I took photos around his small Texas hometown one morning. The water tower says ‘Needville’ not ‘Weedville’. 😉
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I saw this tattered flag proudly waving on the side of the road in Texas Hill Country.

Searching for Monsters

Searching for Monsters

This past Monday, after much research, my friend and I decided to check out an old abandoned paper mill in the town of Eberswalde. It’s a small town about an hour outside of Berlin. We weren’t exactly sure how it would go, as this was both our first time sneaking into an abandoned building to take photos.

There is a lot of history about this factory, which I will only touch on very very briefly. Heegermühler Papiermühle was built in 1762 by Daniel G. Schlotter. In 1876 the factory underwent reconstruction and modernization. From 1928-1929 there was an emergence of a huge hall (reinforced concrete) and it contained the most modern paper machine in Europe. In 1945, the factory downgraded. The factory had a new owner in 1946, with its name changing to Papiermühle Wolfswinkel. In 1994, the factory went bankrupt and shut down. I found this short timeline at Papierfabrik Wolfswinkel (In Deutsch).

The factory is actually quite big, containing a central building and small buildings surrounding it. After sneaking through some posts, my friend and I wandered around for a little while until we heard a dog barking. It sounded very close, as if it were in one of the empty buildings. My friend and I froze and stared at each other. “Where do you think it came from?” I whispered. We walked around part of the building and suddenly saw people carrying some belongings into a section of the mill. My friend approached them and gave a greeting, “Hallo, Guten Tag!” After a few minutes of talking with them, he returned back to me and explained that they were the owners of the abandoned factory. They said it was ok to go around and take pictures, but to stay towards the front of the mill and to be careful of  the bad conditions of the buildings. We spent 3 hours exploring all the fantastic street art in the abandoned factory. We would’ve stayed longer, but it started to snow and the temperature was slowly dropping. There were so many things to take pictures of, I’ll be sharing more photos for the next few days!

It was a fun adventure and my friend and I hope to do a lot more exploring of abandoned buildings around the Berlin area!

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It’s a decent sized mill. This is just a side of the central building.
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This was the very first monster we spotted. He was a sneaky fella!
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We turned around and came face to eyes with this little shy guy!

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These slabs of concrete had little windows painted on them making it look like grundgy apartment buildings. They were so detailed that I actually thought a little person would stick their head out of a window to say hello!

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We discovered this monster, in all his glory, in another part of the mill. I believe he and his little dragon rule this room.

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