Yesterday I was in Alexanderplatz buying a couple of items I needed for the wedding of a good friend this weekend and before going home I looked up to the sky and saw the famous TV tower of Berlin with a really nice sky background. It was worth to take a picture this nice summer sky.
Did ever tell you the Sky in Berlin can be amazing? Look at here yet another example. When I was about to board a plane a couple of days ago I observed this nice clouds decorating a nice warm summer night.
A couple of days I was walking back to my place in Berlin, look up and saw those nice patterns in the sky that you can observe in the picture above. A couple of times I mentioned in this blog how the Sky in Berlin is one of the highlights of this city.
A couple of days ago after finishing work, when we left the office, the sun was shinning and its light iluminating this building in front of the street. It was definitely a nice afternoon light in Neue Schönhauser Straße
Yesterday I was walking to Alexander Platz and the sunset light was perfect to take pictures. I noticed this nice view of the Berlin Rotes Rathaus when I was getting close to St. Marienkirche.
In Berlin you get very frequently the chance to see nice sky worth to take a picture as it was the case today at the office.
This morning when I was landing in Berlin I was staring at the window and I realised sometimes I forget how many lakes and water sources there are around Berlin. I shot this picture to remind myself about it.
I really love the German Christmas Markets and there is a story behind it: When I was a child, the christmas time was one the happiest season of the year. We used to have a nice big family gathering, with a lot of presents from everyone to everyone, tasty and diverse food and in people in general having a really good time. A nice tradition that we had when we were kids, was to visit our German grand aunt and taste the different Christmas Cookies she used to bake. Those cookies had multiple shapes, colors and flavors and she was very proud of each one of them. I didn’t know what it was back then, but the taste of Lebkuchen is still strongly wired in my brain to those happy childhood years. As I grew up, those memories persisted in my mind, but bit by bit, Christmas became less important.
Many years later when I moved to Europe, I when O had the opportunity to visit a German Christmas Market for the first time, I fell in love at first sight!. Strolling around the different stalls, looking at the people having a good time, drinking a glass of glüwine in the cold winter, tasting some of the traditional sweets and just be there made me so happy, that christmas felt again as joyful as I remembered when I was a kid. I loved and still love these places and when this time of the year comes, I can’t wait to visit those markets …
No terrorist piece of shit is going to change that. #berlin
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Japanischer Weihnachtsmarkt that took place in Arena Berlin. Japanese food is my favorite one and I was lucky enough to find some tasty Takoyaki at this event. Yummy!
Everytime I bike through Karl-Marx-Allee and I cross this traffic light, I always smile, because I think this is a beautiful act of vandalismArt.
Last weekend a colleague of my girlfriend was in town and I was happy to walk with her around the city. During the evening I remembered it was the last day of the Berlin Festival of Lights. During this event the main landmarks of the city are used as canvas for very interesting light displays. Some of the most beautiful ones were at the Humboldt university where I shot the pictures above.
The sky in Berlin is not only amazing in Spring but it can be in Autumn as well. Yesterday a former colleague was visiting the office and when we went up to the terrace I had the chance to see this amazing sky.
If you have never seen a picture with a soldier like the one in the statue above then you don’t know who is the soldier depicted in this piece, then you don’t know who is Comrad Schumann. This soldier from the East is one of the first and most famous defectors to West Germany when the border was being built and it was just a line of barbed wire. This is statue is located in a building near Bernauer Straße
A couple of days ago I was walking by the Berliner Dom and I realised I haven’t seen the progress of the Humboldt Forum construction in a while. The project is scheduled to finish in 2019 and as I you cans see in this picture it’s definitively moving along.
I have walked by the Chapel of Reconciliation in Bernauer St. many times, but yesterday I noticed for the first time the sculpture you see above. It’s called Reconciliation and it was created originally by Josefina de Vasconcellos, an english artist of Brazilian ancestry and placed at the University of Bradford. According to wikipedia there are copies of this original work in the ruins of the Coventry Cathedral, the Hiroshima Peace Park and this one here in the Berlin Wall Memorial.
Time really flies by! One year ago I took this picture in Berlin.
I have been living in Berlin for more than a year now and last weekend on a sleepless night I setup the site pics.inberl.in to check the different pictures I have been taking in the city. When I was browsing through my collection I found this cool photo I took in my first weeks in Berlin at the Lustgarten. I’m proud of the composition.
View of the TV Tower from the Strausberger Platz. Nice colors in the sky."
Last weekend I watched the Ireland / France game in the Tempelhofer Feld (pitty we were so close to beat les bleus!). When I was leaving the place I shot this picture with an interesting composition
As I was mentioning a couple of days ago, the sky in Berlin during springtime is quite amazing!
The Berlin sky is so photogenic during springtime!
Yesterday at Jobspotting, the company where I work, we published the very interesting Berlin Salary Report with data and analysis related to the wages in the German capital city. One of the most interesting charts of the report is the treemap above that summarises the salary median based on the years of experience and the area of work.
As you can see on the graph the people working in Management and Software Development, have the highest salaries in the scale, and this is related with the years of experience. Interesting. #BerlinStartupSalaries
Walking from the Nordbanhoff through Gartenstraße, you arrive to the roundabout in Liesenstraße where there is a hidden but nice remain of the former wall.
The weather is improving in Berlin and the skies are very nice again. This picture was taken in the colorful street of Oderbergerstraße
Last friday when I went to the airport to catch a flight I was able to capture this nice shot of the Berlin airport with the spring sunlight.
One of the last vestiges of the Berlin Wall in the Topography of terror in Niederkirchnerstraße
Beautiful Sunset in Bornholmer Straße. I love the colors in the Sky. Last year I remember we had many of those spring days with amazing photogenic colors such as this one I was able to see today.
Picture taken in the Görlitzer Park last weekend. It as a sunny and warm Saturday so the people poured to the Cafes and Parks in Berlin!
Today we were walking along the east side gallery and when we pass by the Oberbaumbrücke, I got this picture of this landmark bridge on a cloudy day.
Some weeks ago I wrote about the percentage of foreigners living in Berlin. The office for Statistics for Brandenburg Berlin offers an interesting dataset related to tourism and the foreigners visiting the city. The last data available is from January 2016 and it shows how the highest number of European tourists come from the UK:
I wanted to wrap up this series of post I have been writing about the people living in Berlin, using data provided by the Statistical Office of Berlin-Brandenburg, with a final post about EU foreign citizens living in the city.
A couple of days ago I was discussing how Poland, Italy and Bulgaria where the EU countries with the highest number of expats living in the Berlin, but the data also contains a very interesting breakdown per district (berzik).
I put the totals in a density map:
I also used the specific countries data to create a matrix heatmap using an the tutorial on how to create a heatmap with jQuery and Tables. See the resulting table below:
There a couple of interesting conclussions from the data: Polish are definitively the highest minority from the EU countries and this can be observed in every district. Mitte is definitively the most popular district for most of the EU citizens and finally Marzahn-Hellersdorf is the least popular overall.
Almost the same picture in two different seasons.
Following my post yesterday I kept digging in the data published by the Statistical Office of Berlin-Brandenburg. I wanted to discover where most of the “Foreign” Europeans living in Berlin come from. Since the European Union agreement allows the free movement of people across the state members I was expecting that the number 1 slot was going to be taken by a country within the EU borders. Actually it’s Turkey the place with most immigrants living in Berlin with almost 100k people:
Now the second and third positions are from countries from the European Union: Poland and Italy. This is followed by one of the newcomers in the union: Bulgaria.
The Statistical Office of Berlin-Brandenburg publish some very interesting reports including: Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im Land Berlin (Residents in the State of Berlin, 31 December 2014). One of the remarkable sections of this document, is about the country of origin, of the foreign residents living in Berlin. It offers a break down per continents, regions and countries, so I was curious about the top countries in South America:
I'm not surprised to discover Brazil (3948 people) is the top #1 on the list but I wasn't expecting that Colombia (1527) was going to be second one in that region. Interesting.