Karneval der Kulturen

Karneval der Kulturen

This past weekend I had blast at the Karneval der Kulturen! It’s an annual event celebrated during a whole weekend in May. The main highlight of the event is the parade on Sunday. More than one million visitors come to watch almost 80 diverse groups dance, sing, and perform through the streets of Berlin. There are many booths set up selling different foods, fruits, clothing, and drinks!

I’ve been to quite a few street festivals, but this one felt different. Everyone was out to have a good time and the atmosphere was very laid back and happy. Despite the crazy amount of people, I was not pushed or shoved once.

I had a great time dancing in the streets, learning old German songs, drinking caipirinha, eating good food, and soaking up the sun!
I hope to experience an event like this again.

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Happy Mama’s Day!!

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My mama and I on her recent visit to Germany!

Happy Mother’s Day to the most wonderful woman I know!! I love you and wish I were there in the states to spend the day with you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, I hope you had a very special day!

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”.