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miniatur wunderland hamburg!

one month before leaving berlin, we suddenly realized that despite having lived in germany for over 3 years, we still hadn’t visited hamburg… so, much like our last minute trip to see the great wall, we quickly booked our train tickets and off we went for a visit.

i was anticipating a lot of good things about this visit: seeing old friends, the “portugiesenviertel”, christmas markets, franzbrötchen, strolling along the port… but very high on my list was to finally see the miniatur wunderland! ever since i visited loxx in berlin, friends had been telling me that if i liked loxx, i should go to see the miniature place in hamburg, as it was 10x better. so i reaaaaaally wanted to see it!

and of course they were right… it’s A-MA-ZING! :D

in my excitement, i immediately dove nose-first into the displays and forgot to take a proper picture that would show you the size of it… but it’s huge! you can really see the countless hours of work that went into planning, building and maintaining this thing… nothing has been left to chance.

everywhere you look, there’s something going on: a party, a rescue mission, a bike race, a police investigation, a movie shoot, protests, a graffiti artist doing his thing… as well as really mundane things, made all the more interesting by being staged by such tiny people. every single one of them seems to have been put there with a purpose… and there are millions of them!

as in berlin, the airport was one of my favorite parts. the hamburg one is extremely well done, with different planes taxiing and landing simultaneously which you could follow on the departures & arrivals screens overhead. not just the planes though — they really managed to capture all the atmosphere surrounding it, from the lines of taxis waiting outside to the workers horsing around in the airport’s customs area…

a lot of the scenes have interaction built into them, which you can trigger by pressing small buttons. you’ll hear an old woman complaining to her husband, a tree falling on a house, a firemen brigade rushing to put out a fire on an old house… or even a chocolate factory which gives you free mini chocolates! :D

the control room is equally fascinating. some trains have cameras on the front, and you can follow the video feed of their journey as they make their way around the different parts of the miniature world. and when, inevitably, one of them breaks down, you can see the engineers quickly rise from their chairs to go fix the problem!

you could spend days there, zooming into all the details and the mini-scenes playing out, following the trains which wander the kilometers of tracks along the two floors… and it’s still expanding!

we’ll definitely come back for more someday. :)

analogue wednesday #32

inside tempelhof, 2012.

one second every day – december 2014

so… december! it was truly a bipolar month — the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new adventure.

(sorry for the video’s low quality… not sure what happened there)

we spent the first half of the month frantically selling and giving away every last piece of furniture. we packed our boxes and suitcases, we fretted, we soaked up all the bits of germany… and then we jumped on a plane and got to see all our friends and family for 2 whole weeks before driving south to the promised land! :)

one second everyday – november 2014

november went by so fast!

we started the de-cluttering process, sold lots of our furniture (including my beloved postcard stand, snif!), spent as much time with friends as we could, wandered the streets shuffling the leaves, celebrated the anniversary of the fall of the wall, visited the computer games museum, and started slowly packing…

a fold back on the temporal isometry

“But do you know this idea of the imaginary homeland? Once you set out from shore on your little boat, once you embark, you’ll never truly be at home again. What you’ve left behind exists only in your memory, and your ideal place becomes some strange imaginary concoction of all you’ve left behind at every stop.”

― Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs


i’ll take off the band-aid quickly: we’re moving again — and this time, back to portugal.

i’ve had plenty of time to get used to the idea, and yet, i’m still not sure how i feel about it. it’s an easy move, back to a familiar territory — but it’s also the scariest of moves, the one in which instead of jumping to somewhere new and unknown, one turns around to go back to the place where we started from.

i’d like to try to put my feelings about the whole thing into words, there’s still so much to say… but there’s no time for it at the moment, as our days are filled with craigslist ads and minor reparations, while we scramble to hug all our friends and visit all our favorite places. rationally, i know this isn’t the last time we’re here, but still, i want to hold all these things fresh in my heart.

i guess it’s time to say tschüß berlin then… and we’ll see you all on the other side! :)

ps – our berlin address won’t stop working, but we don’t recommend that you use it for mail. we’ll have a new one sometime after christmas, just ask us for it! :)