Urban Spree – PeachBeach

Urban Spree is no secret, it is one of the main places to visit for tourists due to it’s ease of access and the fact it is pretty much exactly what people come to Berlin for. Graffiti in a cool space, in a cool area, surrounded by interesting things and at the heart of weekly events such as flea markets, bars and the always tasty Neue Heimat.

That is not to take anything away from Urban Spree, it constantly plays host to some of the most interesting and diverse schedules of street art that you are likely to find, currently it is PeachBeach which features various artworks from the likes of DXTR, Vidam, Look, Mike Friedrich, Martin Krusche, amongst others, what is nice about this is it is German curated and full of German artists.

SF popped down to watch Vidam finish of his huge mural piece this week and threw in a bit of hipster hyper lapse for good measure. I’d suggest a lil visit before they refresh the gallery next week. Pascal and his team always have something fresh lined up….

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Abandoned Schwimmbad in Pankow Berlin – Average

No heavy petting

No heavy petting

In true SF style, we got waylaid, we got lazy we simply forgot to write about anything that we have been to in recent weeks or indeed two months. There is no apology, simply a lil bit of abandoned Berlin pictures for you.

Recently we had visitors to Berlin, one of whom is a street artist and despite the frankly tear inducing weather it was only right and proper to show said guests one place of interest, something not on the usual travel guides.

So off to Pankow we went, Pankow is not exactly a pretty place, it is a bit barren and not the reason that thousands of people move to BLN each year to live, however there are a couple of gems there, we have covered one in the form of the Iraqi Embassy during the summer. The other is an abandoned Schwimmbad.

Complete with stained glass window effect

Complete with stained glass window effect

Now this one is neither difficult to find, nor is it difficult to get into, just a limp metal fence separates the avid explorer and this disused pool. It is probably best to mate it clear not that this is no Blub or Olympic pool, but it has a enough to warrant a visit.

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Usually we would go in to some detail about the place and attempt to wax lyrical about it’s beauty, quirky features, the amazing artwork or something of this ilk. I am afraid this time it is tricky to do any of the above so we will keep it brief and factual.

Dry

Dry

Built in 1971 complete with a long 25m swimming pool, a sit around and do not a lot pool and a sauna, German’s indeed like a sauna or two. It had floor to ceiling glass windows to let the light in but alas it seemed to not really capture the locals imagination. In 2001 it was renovated in the hope it would get a little more love from the locals. It din’t. It shut in 2002 and has remained that way since.

As always smashed windows and paint are the key features here but in all honesty the quality of the window smashing is lackadaisical at best and the graffiti looks to have been done by a lazy teen with home-made spray paint. In short a bit crap. Ordinarily I would say that these kind of places would be great for an illegal party but it is on a sleepy street and it would likely be shutdown, not by angered neighbours but by those attending as it is just too drab.

Expectations should be kept low

Expectations should be kept low

I’d suggest no bothering visiting but if you must then it is here

Honor 6 – NKOTB

Looks good in the dark blue light

Looks good in the dark blue light

Just over a week ago SF was invited to the launch of a shiny new mobile phone, something new to shoot on the go with, talk to friends with, blog with, waste hours on games on, surf the web on and even maybe do useful stuff should the need arise. This is the first big offering to Europe from Honor, a new brand launched by Huawei. The launch of a mobile phone is as you would expect it, pretty much geared for the tech heads, they even had beatboxers and a DJ, playing with a drummer, I know, gnarly.

Ice launch Honor

Ice launch Honor

These things are not really for your mere mortals however the presentation did highlight a few things which will be interesting to casual bloggers and joe public alike. We were given a Honor 6 to test out. Eagerly we got down to it…. A few headlines 1. It is significantly cheaper than an iPhone, pretty much the cheapest around 2. The camera is very good, 13 megapixel back camera and for those losers into selfies a 5 megapixel front camera. That is pretty clear FYI 3. It is easy to navigate, nothing new, they all are really 4. Battery life. If there is one thing that highlights how miserably reliant on technology we are it is the flap we are sent into when the battery on our Smartphone dies. This one has the best on the market 5. It is light, nice to have but we are hardly talking about the ‘loads-money’ days of the past 6. It has a big memory too, useful as we take a million pictures and films and never delete. A massive 16GB storage to be exact We are a week on trying it and to be honest it seems pretty good, it has cute functions with the camera around stills and filming, as it stands it looks like this might be replacing the iPhone in our affections for the time being. Maybe forever if the battery keeps lasting like it does.