Is 40 the new 30

Is 40 the new 30? – A Story About Modern Lifestyle in the Digital Age

 

We tend to grow older, look younger, feel freer, and become detached from any serious issues in the world. Many people only worry about what they are going to eat for dinner, which dress they are going to wear for a date, and if he is going to call the next day.

We like, we share – we are connected with our friends at any time, anywhere. Are these really our friends? Rather, are we just “people collectors“ who add and add people to our social networks without even really knowing them? Someone who does not want to grow up, who identifies himself through the likes that he gets and the social friends he has – but actually would often be very alone and sad in the real world.

Can we get over-satisfied from everything? The constant ability to be able to get everything what we want at any time has made us a bit dull – and demanding at the same time.

At times, we are very demanding of ourselves when it comes to daily life. Wake up. Check messages and statuses. Get up. Shower. Get dressed. Hurry to the next train or bus station. Grab a coffee 2-go and some breakfast on the run. We are functioning in our daily routine and are often not thinking about what happens when we grow older.

What about getting married? Having a family? We might want that, but we don’t want to sacrifice anything for it – we want it all (as we are used to it from our daily business). We may want a husband, a child, a career, being in perfect shape, and a great social life, but we don’t just want to be a husband, wife, and employee.

There seems to be an endless demand so why should one settle either in one job, or in a single relationship? The tendency is to live the bachelor life way past your 30s because something better could always come around, right? You never have the time to feel lonely since you are always connected through your phone. It feels like you could date the whole world, so why settle?

I believe the restless attitude towards life can be fun and rewarding – but I also believe that one should eventually settle down, and see what’s most important; especially, offline.

 

Andrea Moellmann

Retro Music Trends

Retro Music Trends

Every music decade had dominating signature artists. The 60’s are known for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Hollies, the 70’s were David Bowie’s fame minutes, and in the 80’s it was all about punk rock with singers like Prince, The Smiths, and U2 (www.bbc.co.uk/totp/history<9).

Today chart music is dominated by a few artists, but the artists all kind of sound the same. They all have a similar, catchy beat and relatively blunt lyrics. Entertaining but not lasting.

When you can get everything everywhere, at any time, does that really satisfy you? Or are you looking to stand out and define yourself from the music you listen to? In times when we are oversaturated with a supply of music, “unique” outstanding songs that you remember or that make a difference is lacking. That’s when old tracks are used to create a new song.

Is it the same with music as it is with clothing? Are old music styles reviving?

Nowadays, over half a decade later after the “golden years” are over for the music industry it seems to be “en vogue” again for many people to listen to old music or to mix old music into something new. All the retro, reusable, second hand shops that are opening everywhere are more popular than ever. People are willing to pay humongous amounts of money for an old vinyl because it makes them feel unique, and they feel that, in a time of digitalism, it is worth the money to have something tangible in their hands.

I believe that where there is demand for unlimited music there will always be a counter pole trying to be the exact opposite of what everybody wants. The valuation for music in its tangible form is shifting. In the same manner as all cultural genres – we try to create everything newer, better, faster, more efficient –, but in the end it is the “special” and “rare” that many of us desire.

Andrea Moellmann

Retro Nerd

"Second Hand“ and Retro Nerds – A story of living in Berlin

I do love old, refurbished furniture that looks unique. However, I wouldn’t necessarily pay 3 times more than I actually have to pay for newly bought design furniture. The vibe in Berlin is very “organic.” People buy organic bio food - becoming “vegan” is one of the seemingly biggest trends here right now. There’s vegan coffee even, which is often served with rice milk, and tastes like warm coffee pudding.

I am all for “sustainability” and for becoming more aware of our surroundings, and our earth, but do I have to wear vintage clothes that cost a fortune just to prove that I’m pro-“sustainability”?

Being “vegan” is one of the most popular trends amongst these types of people. I admit that a lot of us should watch our diets because many people eat too much meat and too much unhealthy stuff. In addition, I will admit that some of the vegan foods I try are really delicious. In my opinion, being vegan (which basically means that you are a vegetarian, but on top, you don’t eat any products that are made from animals – for example milk, cheese, butter, or eggs) is not healthy nutrition and your body is not designed to miss all those nutrients.

Sustainability is “the” trend word for me in 2013/2014 – it is everywhere! Do I have to wear 40 year old jeans, which I paid 400 dollars for, and do I have to drink 8 dollar vegan coffee to contribute to world sustainability? I don’t think so. The 8 dollar coffee still gets served in a plastic cup which you just throw away, and you could have easily donated some of the 400 dollars to a good cause instead of spending it on ONE!

Moreover, second hand clothing might not be really second hand. Maybe the store owner buys the clothes from a cheap retailer, has a big party with all of her friends with the goal to wreck the clothes and make them look worn as much as they can. Maybe not, but I like the thought of rolling around in the mud with my friends, as my profession.

Although these “hipsters” are all about being an individual, unique, and world changing people with all their philosophies and worldviews – they are really the biggest mainstream crowd that exists right now. Perhaps if they see that, they wouldn’t always be so opinionated, thinking they can change everything by wearing expensive vintage jeans.

4 Things To Do In Berlin On A Rainy Day

4 Things To Do In Berlin On A Rainy Day

If you are in Berlin and the sky is crying its heart out; don’t worry, there’s plenty of things you can do even when you usually wouldn’t want to go outside.

Here are my Top 4 Tips for a rainy day in Berlin:

1. Cinema “Hackesche Höfe Kino”

You’re thinking that you didn’t come to Europe to go to the movies, did you? True, but you should really try to check out this one, which is located in the middle of Berlin, right at “Hackescher Markt.”

This cinema is not one of those usual, huge, mass media cinemas you’re familiar with – this one is a cosy, individual, small cinema in the heart of Berlin. You can watch movies in several languages and won’t find the usual blockbusters here. Known for “off scene” independent movies from around the world, and worth checking out.

Admission: Mo-Tue: 7Euro, Wed-Sat: 8,50Euro

http://www.hoefekino.de/content/english

2. “Berliner Unterwelten” – Berlin Underground

Perfect for everyone who interested in Berlin’s history and who wants to go further than seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall or the obvious tourist places like “Fernsehturm” and “Brandenburger Tor.” The tour takes you underneath the city – “it gives you an insight into the history of the escape tunnels and delves into the subject of the subterranean border – in the subway and sewer systems, which were used by those trying to flee the east” (Unterwelten, 2013). For me, this is one of the most interesting and captivating tours in Berlin – it is so full of history and the atmosphere underground is thrilling and completely stunning.

Admission: 13 Euro

http://berliner-unterwelten.de/tour-m.675.1.html

3. Climbing in the “T-Hall” –  Kletterhalle Berlin

Fancy some sport activity while you’re in Berlin? Well, check out T-Hall, an indoors climbing hall, with many different walls and things to challenge you. You are guided and assisted from their team. There are several walls, from beginner to experienced climber. Fun to do as a family or even by yourself!

 

Admission: 12,50 Euro

http://www.diekletterhalle.de/

4. Dining in the Dark – “Unsicht-Bar”

Something for the adventurous amongst us. When you go to this restaurant, you are dining in the dark. Before you enter you choose if you want a vegetarian, meat, or fish dish – but that’s about it. You then have to taste, feel and smell what you are eating – because you don’t see a thing. The experience is very interesting, and it is an amazing and different food experience to “feel” when you have to depend on your other senses.

Admission: from 40,50-60,50 Euro

http://unsicht-bar-berlin-px.rtrk.de/unsicht-bar-berlin-v2/de/html/home_1_idee.html

 

Berlin

City trip – 4 Things to do in Berlin on a Sunday Afternoon

Okay, so you’re in the capital on a Sunday and you don’t know what to do? Well, there are almost endless possibilities. Here are my top 4 tips for the city that never sleeps:

1. Open Air in Rummelsburg

Fancy a day at the beach during your city trip? You can have it all in Berlin! Go to Rummelsburg! It’s located directly at the water with sand everywhere – your perfect mini vacation if you need a break from busy city life. Enjoy a cold beer while sitting at the water and pamper your ears with nice electronic tunes from Berlin”s top DJ’s! It’s perfect for a Sunday afternoon session with friends or even by yourself – cause trust me you won’t be alone for long. Everyone is relaxed and want to hang out, dance, and enjoy the sun. Totally worth it!

http://rummelsburg-berlin.de/feiern.html

2. Eispiraten

Ice cream is what you want? Forget about Ben & Jerry’s! In Berlin, you can enjoy the best handmade ice cream at the “Eispiraten.” My favorite is the flavor “Grandmas Apple Pie” – to die for! It’s always crowded. Be prepared and take your time to enjoy the best ice cream in Berlin! After you eat the best ice cream in a lifetime, take a walk around the flea market, which is located directly across the street. Open every Sunday from 10-6pm.

Address: Grunberger Str. 85, 10245 Berlin

3. Nothaft Seidel Cafe

You cannot leave Berlin until you try one of the homemade cakes at “Nothaft Seidel Café” located in a wonderful part of Berlin called, “Prenzlauer Berg.” The cafe is small, but cozy. Not only the cake, but also the interior appears to be homemade. You can sit down, enjoy a good cup of coffee and maybe try one of their vegan apple cakes for 2,60. There is always something going on. You might find yourself in the middle of a live session or just some crazy summer action. If you go there, you will enjoy the best coffee and cake in town. Experience the true Berlin lifestyle – expect not to get bored!

Address: Schönhauser Allee 43a, 10435 Berlin, Germany

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NothaftSeidelCafe

 

4. “Thai Park”

Berlin has a big Asian community. On Sundays, many Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine, and Chinese people gather in the “Preußenpark” in Wilmersdorf. They sit down in groups, cook every kind of dish directly in the park to sell as fabulous, affordable street food. Definitely worth a try, and something unexpected in a city like Berlin.

Address: Fehrbelliner Platz, 10707 Berlin