Sunday, April 22, 2007

Berlin Series: A Play Place

Everywhere we went in Berlin there seemed to be an area for children to play. The attitude towards children, young or old, is noticeably easy, open, accepting and welcoming in Berlin. We came across one play area that we initially miss took for an excavation site. If we hadn't had a closer look we would have walked right by, but upon closer inspection we sensed fun. We asked a woman and her 3 year old if it was okay to have a look around. She smiled and said that yes, it was a playground. It wouldn't have met any North American playground inspection criteria by far, it was wonderful.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Between Beadnell, the village where my grandparents live, and Bamburgh Castle wild ponies have been reintroduced. Lovely little, tough, furry ponies wandering up and down the sand dunes in the brisk Northumberland breeze.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Berlin series: Art?

While wandering around Berlin we were confronted with random displays of art at every turn. Even if it wasn't intentionally art, it became art in the atmosphere of Berlin. Thoughtful and strategic graffiti, bombed out buildings turned art production houses, diving boards over concrete, toilets and Christmas trees.