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So as of right now, 3am, I’m short of 2-3 hours of precious time for my Package Design project because I spent it customizing my Mac instead.
I’ve wanted to personalize it for a while now but never got around to it when I actually have the free time. That’s just how (my) procrastination works, isn’t it? Well whatever, too late; I’m going to enjoy this sexiness in the meantime.
P.S. I’m making a “mixtape” of the best late-night-chillaxin’ music ever. I’ve got the tracks down, just need to think of a title for it now.
Trying to get myself off to a fresh start to a new school year with a clean desk as the first step.
Geared with a newly installed SSD and Mountain Lion upgrade, my dainty three-year-old MBP feels like a mad beast. Pair that with the Dell U2311h? It’s like visual heaven. Can’t wait to start working on projects again!
(Have I mentioned here before that I took a 23-day solo Europe trip during my Easter break in Leeds? Probably not.. I wasn’t too engaged with blogging back in those months oops. Nevertheless, I crossed the English Channel and started my journey: Paris, Berlin, Prague, Rome, Florence, and Venice. But nope I’m not going to do these posts in chronological order.)
A 13-hour overnight train ride crossing from Paris to Berlin was surprisingly enjoyable. For €69 I was so lucky to have secured a sleeping cabin with private sink, complimentary breakfast, and shockingly comfortable mattress; even luckier that it was occupied by me only. I was knocked out as soon as I laid on the bed. The next thing I knew, I was an hour away from reaching Berlin.
Mauerpark Fleat Market open every Sunday rain or shine
I headed for the Mauerpark flea market after settling down in my hostel. What was sold there include everything you can imagine. I was so tempted so many times but I managed to control my impulse and I made a purchase of a vintage world map (only got it ‘cause it had Toronto printed hah).
It wasn’t just a flea market. While I strolled through, stop, and gawk at all sorts of goodies, I could hear music echo from the karaoke going on at the park. All kinds of people were there; a million different languages were flying through the air. With beats pumping, people dancing, and not to mention mouthwatering wursts sold from the vendors and cold beer served at the biergarten, the whole area felt like a block party really. It was so eclectic, I loved it!
“We all stay” on Brunnenstraße 183
I only found out recently that this building has a bit of interesting history. Squatting is big part of Berlin’s culture. Brunnenstraße 183 used to be vacated among many other buildings after the fall of the wall in ’89 but art collectives occupied the space two years later and turned it into a commune. It housed an umsonstladen (giveaway shop) and hosted VoKü (people’s kitchen), concerts, and parties at the bar to raise money for housing expenses. But since its eviction in 2009, it stands as the last open squat in Berlin’s history.
Saw this tote on display at a shop near Torstraße 110. I didn’t lose my heart in Berlin; I lost my heart to Berlin.
Torstraße 60, Hostel Aloha
While the actual hostel is fine, I introduce you to the sketchiest entrance and foyer/corridor to a hostel. I seriously felt like I was entering a refuge for drug addicts. I wouldn’t have believed that this was my hostel if I didn’t see the heads-up from someone’s review.
Stayed tuned for more of Berlin (mostly cool museum architectural things) plus Paris, Prague, Rome, Florence, and Venice. I can’t guarantee speedy posting since recently upgrading to a SSD has left me with an empty hard drive. Yes I have the old data but it’ll take a while to migrate them onto the new drive. Patience. Patience!