Another great day for a bike ride! #berlin
Another great day for a bike ride! #berlin
Berlin in springtime! ❤️ Who would ever want to leave this city?! (at Lichtensteinbrücken)
I can’t get enough of this good weather! Also: Berlin ❤️✨☀️🌳🌻 (at Siegessäule)
For more reasons than it would seem necessary, two weeks ago I was apart from my iPhone for several hours. The digital detox was far from planned but in hindsight, it was a welcome relief.
When you stop to think about it, there are few objects we own that we leave home without. I spend every day with my wallet, my phone, my keys (and my very special Samuel Adams keychain—a token from a faraway home). These are things I touch and use, I see and hold, every day. And not just that they’re always with me. Can you remember the last time you left home without your phone?
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It was liberating. But the strangest thing: I barely even noticed I was without it. There were a few moments when I felt the phantom vibration, but it was just an empty pocket. There was the moment that I stumbled on a gay rights protest and wished I had a camera, but that moment passed. (That was a tough one actually. The Enough is Enough group set off hundreds of white balloons which floated up into the sky among Potsdamer Platz’s skyscrapers. So beautiful. And rather than trying to capture it with my camera phone, I just stood there and watched gay couples embrace to the music of Judy Garland).
Now don’t get me wrong: I’m far from an advocate against connectivity. I’ve gotten into debates and arguments with friends (and boyfriends) about my cell phone usage. It’d be safe to day that I am addicted to Twitter, or Facebook. Hell, even Instagram I find myself using everyday. Its a bit complicated because many of these things are at least somewhat necessary for my business. And on the occasional sponsored media/promotional trips that I take, social media usage can make a big impact on the promotion. I like social media, and I use it as much for work as I do for fun. I think that’s part of what makes this blog successful.
So it was on Sunday when I’d left behind my phone when going out for the day. It wasn’t planned and in fact it was hard to do. I sat there in my room consciously making the decision to leve without my phone. To go outside with no watch, no phone, no camera. And you know what? The world did not end.
On this one day, this Sunday with my iPhone, I felt calm and comfortable. It may have only been a few hours out of my week, but judging by the follow-up reaction from friends (see below), it’s something we could all stand to do more often. And when coming back that evening, picking up my phone (with zero missed calls or messages!), I realized something important. A few hours disconnected only makes you that much more connected to the world.
I wouldn’t suggesting completely disowning technology, but the occasional digital detox can do wonders to your mental health. And now I feel just a little bit less addicted to social media. Try it yourself and let me know here if you’ve ever taken a digital detox. What did you learn?
Sometimes you just need a hug! (at Tiergarten)
Berlin flea markets are always dangerous! Found 2 new watches to add to my collection. Thankfully they were cheap! ⌚️
With nearly 10% of the local Cologne residents identifying as gay or lesbian (according to Cologne’s official gay travel information), the city has quickly become one of my favorite German cities. Maybe it’s the upbeat attitude of the local residents in Cologne. Maybe it’s the innate friendliness that seems to define the city. Or maybe it’s the fact that people will actually start conversations with strangers on the street. This open-minded attitude and friendly atmosphere makes Cologne a friendly and fun place to visit — and it’s why I’ve been back twice in the past six months!
When researching gay things to do in Cologne, Germany, one of the things I kept coming across was a memorial for gay and lesbian victims of Nazism (National Socialism as the Germans say). The memorial was inaugurated in 1995, well before the more popular one in Berlin, but still later than a similar memorial in Frankfurt. The memorial’s official name is the Rosa Winkel Mahnmal and it’s conveniently located along the Rhine River within walking distance to Cologne’s most important tourist attractions. With the Museum Ludwig and the Cologne Cathedral in the distance, it’s a rather photogenic spot as well.
The memorial is also located near the steps up to the Hohenzollern Bridge — where thousands (millions?!) of love locks have been left by locals & tourists from around the world. This same area was once a meeting place for gay & queer Cologne residents when being gay wasn’t quite as open. That’s in line with the same Holocaust memorial in Berlin located in Tiergarten park — a once-popular meeting ground for gays.
The monument is reminiscent of the pink triangle which was used by the Nazis to identify gays in the concentration camps.
More information on the official website: rosa-winkel-mahnmal.de
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Beautiful day in Berlin #rightnow. Great for a walk through #Tiergarten (at Tiergarten)
Walking home late at night, purple windows in the sky (at Alexanderplatz)
Art galleries in Berlin can sometimes be more interesting than the art itself (at Kunstquartier Bethanien)
Cologne is so colorful! Found this amazing #streetart in #Ehrenfeld 🎨