Dating in the city: five pieces of advice for Berlin’s tinderellas

By Lita Poliakova No matter how digital and advanced dating becomes, you’re never getting younger. But even if you’re a grandma, you shouldn’t celebrate your retirement with celibacy. New-fangled technology has made dating complicated and sometimes a downright nightmare, but here’s how you can best use what’s available. Create a shopping list and stick to… Read More Dating in the city: five pieces of advice for Berlin’s tinderellas

In today’s chaotic world, we need a new approach to making art

In an age where we’re bombarded by the constant onslaught of bad news, it can often be difficult to find the inspiration to create. Kaitlynn Buchbaum reminds us of the importance of taking a slow approach to creating art to help us enhance, rather than diminish, our mental wellbeing. Perhaps you’ve been here before. It’s… Read More In today’s chaotic world, we need a new approach to making art

Feminist fatigue: how to take a break from the relentless news cycle

By Jessica Philbrick  In light of the recent Kavanaugh case, which followed Weinstein’s and Trump’s multiple cases of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement, many people, especially women, are left feeling exhausted and dissatisfied. One on my own Facebook feed posted, “This rage is becoming exhausting to carry” in response to an… Read More Feminist fatigue: how to take a break from the relentless news cycle

This World Girls Day, real change will take more than a pink building

By Sarah Wilson When I found out that Germany was lighting up landmarks in pink to honour World Girl’s Day this week, I recalled two girls I’d encountered in the street earlier this year. No older than 13, the pair were both wearing t shirts emblazoned with slogans. One read “women support women”. The other,… Read More This World Girls Day, real change will take more than a pink building

Berlin’s rainbow of identities: your guide to respect & understanding

The acronym LGBTQIAPK+ is a helpful way to think about, and define, gender, but how many of us can actually say we know what each letter represents? Margherita Sgorbissa gives us a helpful definitions list, as well as some tips on how we can show sensitivity to the community. The only way to describe Berlin… Read More Berlin’s rainbow of identities: your guide to respect & understanding

Don’t suffer in silence: managing your mental health in Berlin

By Thais Nepomuceno Everyone who arrives in Berlin faces hard times, whether in finding a home, a job, a stable relationship or dealing with German bureaucracy. It can feel like all the odds are against you at times. For people who struggle with mental illness, this period is even harder. I have been dealing with… Read More Don’t suffer in silence: managing your mental health in Berlin

Leave your heels at home: is Berlin’s dress code as “casual” as it may appear?

By Jessica Philbrick Catsuit, batsuit, jumpsuit: Berlin will accept almost anything. Berlin is the place where you’re not supposed to care about what you wear. But with a ‘no-rules-but-there-are-still-some-rules’ attitude, Berlin undoubtedly has a “look” when it comes to clubbing. One which implies that wearing a floral dress and high heels is a no-go. One that… Read More Leave your heels at home: is Berlin’s dress code as “casual” as it may appear?

Look but don’t touch: why sex clubs like Kitkat can be considered safe spaces

By Miriam Partington  The sound of thumping techno and culturally permissible sex parties has, in recent years, become synonymous with Berlin’s image. Beyond gay clubs and femme parties is a whole new world of sexual liberation. People of all kinds of sexual orientation can gather to indulge their fantasies in clubs designed specifically for sex,… Read More Look but don’t touch: why sex clubs like Kitkat can be considered safe spaces

Women in Translation month: six German books for your reading list

By Sarah Wilson Women have certainly come a long way in the literary world since the days of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, but there’s work to do yet. This is especially true when it comes to works in translation, where literature written by men still tends to be translated more often than that written… Read More Women in Translation month: six German books for your reading list