July Favorites – Design, Jeans, and the best Pig.

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Documentary: Objectified – this is a documentary about design, but it strongly relates to minimalism. Some of the world’s leading designers (like Dieter Rams, my favorite!) talk about sustainability and how good design can lead to products you love to use for decades or even generations.

Book: I finally read 10% Happier by Dan Harris and I am putting my skepticism aside to try meditation. I have been extremely hesitant about it and the whole mindfulness trend, but looking at it merely as an exercise for the brain, rather than as a religious practice, has motivated me to give it a go. The most interesting thing about this book for me is that I was about 60% of the way in before I got really interested. I was fully prepared to write this off as hype for the first half and only continued reading out of habit, but I am glad I did.

Clothing: I combined money received for my birthday to get some MUD jeans. This company has an incredible commitment to sustainability. They can be returned after ANY amount of use to be recycled, and you can get a new pair. You can also swap them for a different style or size, or send them back to be repaired by MUD. The goal of this company is to ensure that the clothing they produce never ends up in a landfill.

Film: I watched Okja on Netflix, and it was an incredible film with a powerful message. I can’t praise this enough. The locations and filming were beautiful, the acting was incredible, good CG, and it was a lot more fair and nuanced than many films that deal with animal rights. The only downside is that made me very sad, but only because of how realistic the storyline is. I won’t spoil it, but the ending is neither entirely good nor entirely bad.

Humans: A new set of Maori words has been created to describe mental and physical health. They are beautiful and non-judgemental, which is a positive direction to take in describing issues that have been taboo for most of human history.

YouTube Channel: Journeyman Pictures touches a range of subjects from off grid living, to sustainability, to over-reliance on prescription drugs, to human stories from around the world, always shot and edited in a beautiful way.

 

 

July Favorites – Design, Jeans, and the best Pig.

Teufelsberg is open!

Teufelsberg (German for Devil’s Mountain) is a hill in Berlin and is in my top 5 recommended places to check out for people visiting the city. The hill, like all hills in Berlin which is a naturally flat area, is made up of the rubble from WWII. This one is extra special however as it also buries a never finished Nazi military-technical college. A perfectly good reason to name something “Devil’s”.

And that’s just the hill.

Teufelsberg’s main attraction is the abandoned US Cold War spy tower, which over the years has become a gallery of street art and squat activity. Up until April 2017 you had to climb a fence and watch out for guard dogs to admire the work, but recently they open the area up to visitors for an 8 EUR fee.  Much like Pfaueninsel this is extremely good value for money, and far more interesting that the usual tourist hot spots.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Teufelsberg is open!

Currently Loving: Netflix Shows

Jonathan and I aren’t party animals, there are nights we enjoy concerts in dim Berlin venues, but there are far more evenings spent snuggling on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and Netflix on the projector. Below are some of the shows we’re currently enjoying, they all center around people who are passionate about how they are living their lives which is both heartwarming and inspiring to us.

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1. Abstract: The Art of Design – this series tells the human stories behind some of the most exciting designers working today. It will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired to be more creative in your day to day life.

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2. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories – This is a series of stories about day to day people told through their favorite dish prepared in the small and tucked away Midnight Diner in Tokyo.

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3. Chef’s Table – This series follows chefs from all around the world, and looks into what pushed them to reach the top of their field and what makes them unique.

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4. Samurai Gourmet – This over the top, tongue-in-cheek series follows a recently retired Japanese businessman Takeshi as he celebrates his new found freedom my enjoying the gorgeous food and drink of Japan.

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5. Tales by Light – This series follows photographers on the journey to get the perfect shot and looks at what drives them, and the lengths they will go to tell their visual story.

Currently Loving: Netflix Shows