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Lear Feb 18, 2017 12:58 AM

Berlin - A Portrait in Words


Dreams are made of magic, timeless, faraway places, faceless people, and sometimes clouds, beer, and music. Having lived in Berlin for a few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to briefly run my fingers over its cloudy grey skin, and dive into the depths of its rainbow colored soul.

About a year ago I moved to Berlin to finish my final semester in university, and it took me on a most overwhelming journey. It felt like being reunited with an old lover after so many years. Only, we hadn’t really met before. And though I was a stranger to this place, it felt strangely familiar from the moment I arrived. It had an air of nostalgia and mystery to it, like most surreal things do. And I wondered if I’d ever get to understand it, and see what lies beneath its many faces.

I threw myself into its undefined spirit and I fell in love, and I let it transform me. It was eternal. But like dreams, this time came to and end. I had to leave. And I was left with echoing memories, unspoken words, and a hope of one day coming together again with that timeless place. I had come to see Berlin as the fiery soul that she is, and drew her a portrait with words.

Berlin is faceless. Instead of conforming to one persona, she chooses to be all the souls that dwell and find solace in her. She’s a muse to anyone who’s seen her, a journey to all the wanderers, and a lover to all the brokenhearted. She’s an outcast, an unfinished poem, a distorted tune, and a celebrated chaos. She is a woman made of all the helpless souls in the bluest and perhaps saddest of all planets, a manifestation of those who come to her to feel something once more. She is a woman without a face whom all people want to make love to.

Berlin is a mess without a creator, a circus whose spectators are the performers. She hypnotizes you, and drives you mad. She is still and vibrant, hidden and naked, silent and musical, grey and colorful, in the clouds and under the ground. She’s raw. She’s a mess, and she’s not trying to hide it. No wonder why everyone can relate to her, to all the madness she throws at them every single day, making her more precious, and more real. And real things do not have one identity – real things are a paradox, an uncontrolled weirdness of all things that are and are not. Real things hit you hard, and leave you speechless, and once you’ve tasted that, you keep going back for more.

She will sing you songs that will haunt you for as long as you let them. Leaving her will break your heart and leave you helpless, and you will learn that souls like her were not made to be possessed; but to show you a glimpse of what it’s like to deeply love and gracefully let go. You will learn to let her be, and still cherish her wild, rash spirit. She does not belong to you, you have only seen yourself in her, and for a brief moment you were one. And when all that happens and unhappens, you will have really known her. And to have known Berlin is to have lost and found yourself within her a thousand times. And in a timeless world, that is forever.

Lear Mar 2, 2017 12:06 PM


Monocle Travel Guide Berlin
4 Min Video

Lear Mar 8, 2017 1:04 PM

Feminist activists (Team Vulveralla) protest at US Embassy……

mousquet Mar 9, 2017 5:00 PM

Yeah, I think so-called religious veils to women are something dangerously hypocritical and just useless. Going naked like you have nothing to hide since you've been pure, in full trust and confidence is precisely what actual religion teaches, like Adam and Eve simply naked in heaven. And they wouldn't even give a shit before the sadistic devil showed up to torture them. I like that story cause it makes a whole lot of sense for real.

That being said, no one has to spread one's thighs to any stranger like that either, huh. We really don't have to be gross sluts.

Lear Mar 15, 2017 7:15 PM

Here is the full list of the 20 best startup ecosystems in the world according to Startup Genome:


Silicon Valley (unchanged)
New York City (unchanged)
London (up from #6)
Beijing (new entry)
Boston (down from #4)
Tel Aviv (down from #5)
Berlin (up from #9)
Shanghai (new entry)
Los Angeles (down from #3)
Seattle (down from #8)
Paris (unchanged)
Singapore (down from #10)
Austin (up from #14)
Stockholm (new entry)
Vancouver (up from #18)
Toronto – greater Waterloo area (up from #17)
Sydney (down from #16)
Chicago (down from #7)
Amsterdam (unchanged)
Bangalore (down from #15)

Lear Mar 21, 2017 9:28 PM

How these Berlin landmarks explain your favorite WWE wrestler


But when living in a half-full world, we are given the mental space to see a fascinating foreign city and turn parts of it into analogous visions of a morality play told via mock fighting. As the city of Berlin teaches us: You, and only you, decide who you want to be.
Bayley = Berlin ???

Lear Apr 9, 2017 9:12 PM
Berliner Skyline by Marcus Klepper - Berliner1017, on Flickr

Lear Apr 17, 2017 7:13 PM

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Stuart_p Apr 28, 2017 7:22 AM

That's quite an interesting list. I've lived in Copenhagen and I don't see why it's so down regarding the city wellness since it's one of the cleanest cities in the world. Also, why are New York real estate costs so low? The rent in NY is simply ridiculous at times.

Lear May 5, 2017 7:12 PM

WestCoastSupertall May 20, 2017 1:29 AM

LA isn't on the list? We have more tech companies in the county than SF

Lear May 23, 2017 10:12 PM


Originally Posted by WestCoastSupertall (Post 7810482)
LA isn't on the list?

L.A. is on the list.

Same here:

The Most Sex-Positive Cities In The World
Lazeeva (Sex App Firm)


1. Paris
2. Rio
3. London
4. L.A.
5. Berlin

Lear Jun 6, 2017 6:45 PM

Lear Jun 13, 2017 1:31 PM

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Lear Jun 20, 2017 8:09 PM

Footballclub 1. FC Union Berlin is planning an extension for its home stadium....

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Lear Jun 27, 2017 11:28 PM

The 20 Most Hipster Cities in the World

1. Brooklyn, NY, US
2. Berlin, Germany
3. Riga, Latvia
4. Stockholm, Sweden
5. Montreal, Canada


Hipsters flock to Berlin. While the entire city is a mecca for Gen Xers, there’s one particular neighborhood that is the reigning kingdom of Hipsterdom: Kreuzberg.

What was once a very disadvantaged and poor area is now alive and hip once more, with street art, gourmet coffee houses and trendy bars, all catering to the young and hip. For many, this is an interesting transformation.

You see, Kreuzberg was once a divided city, with the Berlin Wall splitting it down the middle. Because of this, it was one of the poorest cities in all of Berlin. But ever since the Wall came down, it’s become the epicenter of everything awesome about Berlin.

Lear Jun 29, 2017 12:27 PM

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Lear Jul 4, 2017 7:17 PM

Restaurant order done by an app....

Lear Jul 24, 2017 3:09 PM

Summer in Berlin.....

Lear Aug 1, 2017 7:42 PM

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