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Archive for July, 2007

General Info on Berlin

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

New Berlin Magazine

A guide to Berlin’s Districts

Time Out Guide Online




The Berlin Paper

Find out what’s happening at Zitty

What’s to do in a weekend in Berlin? This blog offers options

Sign and Sight


NPR Berlin

German News…In English

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Here is a list of German periodicals, some of which are available in English

Speigel International in English

Official news from Die Bundesregierung

Selected stories concerning Germany from MyExpatica

Deutschland Online

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies from The Johns Hopkins University

Get Hep

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The jazz scene in Berlin is rumored to be hot. Here are a few club listings.

Take the A-Trane


Be-Bop Bar


JazzKeller 69

A list of 20 Jazz Clubs (please tell me which ones I should visit)

Berlin Jazz Fest 2007!!!

Again, PLEASE leave a post if you recommend a particular club or artist.

The Great Escape

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

If you need a simple escape (which you might use as an excuse to foster your German language acquisition) lose yourself in original version films:

A list of original version theatres

Show times are listed here

Enjoy open air cinema while it lasts

Do You Have Big Plans on Sunday Morning?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Neither do I. Here are some Flea Markets to peruse. Get some kitsch

Here are six markets from berlininfo.com

Five more markets here (with concise descriptions)

Since I am coming to Berlin following a few years in Barcelona I have high hopes for this Mediterranean Market (if for no other reason than because I will miss my beloved Spanish wines)

Take a Dip

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The pool of the Olympic Stadium is open to the public (U- and S-train station, U2, S75).

In Volkspark Jungfernheide park at Tegel airport you find an open air swimming pool (U-train stations Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, Halemweg, Siemensdamm, U7).

Near Volkspark Rehberge park in Wedding there is a swimming pool at Ploetzensee Lake (Seestrasse 80, tram M13, M50, bus 327 from U-train station Osloer Strasse, U8, U9).

Swim in the lake of Volkspark Wuhlhide (S-train station Wuhlheide, S3).

In Grunewald you swim in Krumme Lanke lake (U-train station, U1) and in Schlaktensee lake (S-train station, S1).

In Need of Rejuventation?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Then visit a spa.

Note:  If you know of a genuine Turkish Hamam please post a comment.

Kamisuna in Freidrichshain (family oriented)
Die Thermen am Europa seems to be open equally to men and women.

This one is geared towards women and is closed in July and August

The Sultan Hamam is also geared towards women (men only on Monday and families on Sunday)

Looking for Something Else To Do?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Check out the lecture schedule at The Centre for British Studies

Explore collections of English-language books

Rent a Kayak at Kanu Connection or Der Bootsladen and see Berlin from the water. Don’t tip, the water looks nasty.

Press your luck at the Speilbank Casino at Potsdamer Platz or hit the Casino Berlin at Alexanderplatz

I extend an open invitation for a game of disc golf (we call it “frolf” in Chicago) to any takers. But please bear in mind that this open invitation is not a declaration of skill on my behalf. Just fun. Now does anyone know where to get discs?
Peruse the thrift stores

Visit German wine country (especially in the Fall)
Go to the beach while you still can

Democrats Abroad seems to have an active chapter (and probably increasingly active as Election 2008 heats up). Or I suppose you can join the Republicans Abroad