1. Carnaval (Carnival) in Salvador - In A Brazil Minute (Week 149)

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    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Carnival in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil is for me without a doubt the biggest party I have ever attended. Wow! Most crowded, longest lasting, most invigorating music, most dancing, most passionate people, most danger, most laughs, smelliest, dirtiest and then you do it all over again the next day and the next day... ... until finally we took a few days off and relaxed on the beach of Stella Mares on the north side of town. As with all the Brazil videos it's impossible for me to fit into 1 minute all that I saw or do justice to how amazing the experience was. But I tried to squeeze in a little bit of everything: Carnival in Barra and Campo Grande, being part of the Timbalada Bloco, my friends, getting almost squished in the crowd of houndreds of thousands of people, all the pretty faces and bodies, the military, the cheap Skol beers, the music, the paranoia of pickpockets which made me film with my cruddy iPhone 3GS at first so my camera wouldn't get stolen, the city beach, Carnival up in Pelourinho with its different rhythms, Capoeira and the restored beauty of the historic district, the water front buildings and then the ahhhh of heading up north to the beach. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest Hope you enjoy the quick ride and I promise I will upload an extended version of this video soon...

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    • Coastal Paradise: Ilha Grande + Paraty - In A Brazil Minute (Week 148)

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      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Ahhh, Costa Verde - the green coast mostly in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Not sure if I have the words to describe how special my time and experience were on the island Ilha Grande and how much I enjoyed my time in the bay of Paraty. I hope these images will do some justice. Although I already know that I will have to publish longer videos of each place to show you more of what I saw. But it's almost impossible to convey how it felt to be hiking for hours all alone on challenging steep and slippery trails through the rainforest of Ilha Grande, to take in the views from up high of this green paradise and then to finally reach the beach where Jessica, one of my best friends, was waiting (having taken the boat or else not spent so much time video taping and photographing every step) and then standing in the ocean, with the waves crashing against my legs, the sound of the surf, the smell of the water, the taste of salty water and the vision of the majestic green hills dipped in rainforest clouds and the vast almost empty beach spread below. The feeling of really being in the moment, the feeling of happiness, the feeling of having just taken up the challenge and earned this moment of joy. Paraty offered a lovely colonial village, a boat tour to visit secluded beaches and to really swim in the warm Atlantic Ocean and last, but not least, long evenings on the little beach in front of our pousada drinking beer from the can and naming all the stray dogs. We hardly even minded all the rain and clouds (I got majorly sunburnt anyway). If you ever go to Brazil, definitely include some time in Costa Verde! Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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      • Rio de Janeiro - In A Brazil Minute (Week 147)

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        --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Visiting Rio de Janeiro at the beginning and again in the middle of my 3-week Brazil trip was amazing. The 6th largest city in the Americas has become a home of a World Heritage Site named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea" Rio offers amazing vistas of mountains, bays, beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, contrasting architecture, a surprisingly different style of street art and graffiti, delicious (though greasy) seafood, tasty drinks, friendly strangers, the threat of theft, music, costumes, colors, hot temperatures, a lot more clouds and rain than expected and the lively Brazilians that will dance in the rainy streets anyway. This was one of the most difficult videos to edit. How do you squeeze about a week of Rio into one minute? Pretty impossible. I tried. I will certainly publish a few more videos and an extended version soon (on YouTube they'll be on my LuciWest channel). In this video you'll see: Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ The Redeemer, Favelas, street art in Santa Teresa and Cosme Velho, an inner city chicken, the church at Largo do Machado (where you can get amazing Lebanese food in the small mall), Botafogo, the creatures and beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, a passion-fruit Caipiroska and pre-Carnival revelers outside our home-away-from-home the Devassa Brewery in Ipanema. Yes, I would whole-heartedly recommend a visit to Rio... and they sell umbrellas and bikinis everywhere... The music is "1 x 0" by Pixinguinha and Benedito Lacerda in a recording from 1941. It is in the public domain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1_x_0_Pixinguinha_e_Benedito.ogg Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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        • Tram Through Mitte - In A Berlin Minute (Week 146)

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          --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- The view out of the back window of the M1/M12 line zipping through Berlin neighborhood Mitte, from Friedrichstrasse to Zionskirchplatz - passing through Oranienburger Strasse (with Tacheles and the Synagogue) Hackescher Markt, Rosenthaler Platz and along the Weinberg. Zooming through the streets of Berlin in the tram is one of the perks of living in the old East Berlin neighborhoods. You have to be careful that your bike tires don't get stuck in the tracks. But when you're on the tram you can get around relatively quickly and watch the buildings and people and life of the city on smooth tracks and without all the stops of a bus. This video is, of course, sped up and I've taken out all the stops. Btw, it's my own tram line, which I ride all the time. The music is "Whirlwind Romance" by none other than Jason Matherne. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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          • Graffiti Text - In A Berlin Minute (Week 145)

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            -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- In my humble opinion, Germans are word nerds, critical thinkers and like their puns and politics. Apparently some also really like to express themselves publicly. If you watch my videos regularly or follow my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Flickr feed, you probably know how much I love street art - in my hunt for fascinating art I've come across quite a few funny, poignant, political, critical, Berlin-loving and thought provoking texts sprayed on the walls of Berlin. Here are some of my favorites (with English translations when necessary). I'm curious to find out if you have seen any others. Please add your favorite graffiti texts (with location if possible) in the comments. I already know about the Berghain slogan "Don't forget to go home", which is awesome but I just didn't have time to film before I left the country. The song is "Thimsn" by Timothy Cool-Cat Sander. Connect with him via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timothydavid.sander Other street art minutes: Berlin Street Art Berlin (2010) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 18) https://vimeo.com/14648777 Graffiti Factory - In A Berlin Minute (Week 21) https://vimeo.com/15293580 Brooklyn Street Art - In A Berlin Minute (Week 63) https://vimeo.com/26478579 Extended Brooklyn Street Art - (Bonus Clip for Week 63) https://vimeo.com/26746697 Berlin Street Art (2011) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 68) https://vimeo.com/27795128 Berlin Street Art 2012 (East) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 124) https://vimeo.com/49399650 Berlin Street Art 2012 (West) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 136) https://vimeo.com/55014468 Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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            • Berlin on Instagram - In A Berlin Minute (Week 144)

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              --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- This week I would like to share with you images from Berlin that I've taken with my phone and published via the social photo app Instagram. It's only a fraction of the photos I've taken so if you'd like to see more (and tag along on my travels in Brazil), please follow me: Luciwest. If you can't or don't want to use Instagram, you can check out all photos on http://www.instagram.com/luciwest Let me know in a comment that you found me via this video and I'll follow you back. Btw, I'm also on EyeEm under the same name and will soon transfer all pictures over. Some of the other accounts I follow with pictures from Berlin, Germany and other travel destinations: jackomono fholznag fraustehr mrlemb bottropx missjulesberlin gillyberlin prob79 xesusmagarinos b_setzt williamxiii uwa2000 moog_t jdavis84 zonophoto seemannsbraut andberlinblog - I'm sure I forgot quite a few of those whose Instagram pictures I enjoy a lot. The song is called "Herz..." by Timothy Cool-Cat Sander. He's a very talented musician, having played in lots of German bands, has released several solo albums and is a very dear friend of mine. Check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/timothydavid.sander A little behind-the-scenes note: For almost 3 years I have been shooting, editing and posting a brand new video every week - kind of like a moving postcard from Berlin or Brooklyn - but also a bit of a journal of what I saw or did that week. This week for the first time, I'm publishing a video that I made ahead of time... because I'm currently traveling through Brazil. As I'm posting this I am on the Island Ilha Grande not too far from Rio de Janeiro... and with rather poor Internet connection and without my big laptop. So I decided to make three videos ahead of time to publish while I'm traveling... and then I will bring you 3 videos from Brazil in the following three weeks. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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              • Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 143) [HD]

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                --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Without a doubt my favorite bridge in Berlin: Oberbaumbrücke. Built in 1895-1897, the bridge crosses the Spree River and connects the lively neighborhoods Kreuzberg (former West Berlin) and Friedrichshain (former East Berlin). Being able to freely cross the bridge again is as symbolic as it is convenient and actually quite fun due to people watching, views in all directions and the beautiful structure itself. I fondly remember the first time I crossed the bridge. It was my first night of moving to Berlin (the 2 months trial period) almost exactly 3 years ago (it was freezing then, too) when Franky Fuzz and I were leaving Hana's birthday party to catch trains home when he found out I had never walked across the bridge (or heard of it for that matter). So that's what we did; he with two bags of vinyl records, a guitar and an amp - me with big eyes taking this amazing city in. Later there was some Berliner Kindl drinking and another walk through the slightly scarier and iced over Goerlitzer Park - but somehow I made it back to my sublet and fell into bed thinking: yup, I could live in this city! (And yes, Frank, I know I still owe you and Claudia the video from your wedding - you'll get it before your anniversary!) The song is "Super Omega" by Jason Matherne. On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/goonygoogoo-productions Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                • Mauerreste / Remains of The Wall - In A Berlin Minute (Week 142)

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                  --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- There are still quite a few pieced of The Wall (1961 - 1989) left in Berlin. Well known places are the East Side Gallery, the Memorial at Bernauer Strasse and the pieces at Potsdamer Platz (even though those were moved there from a another location). Despite the bitter cold I went out this past weekend to visit those and a few more. Also I kept an eye out for random pieces in courtyards and behind fences. But because it was so bitterly cold I didn't get to all of them. Here they are in order: Niederkirchner Strasse Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstrasse Outside the Asis Panorama Potsdamer Platz Erna Berger Strasse Mauerpark East Side Gallery on Memorial to the victims of the wall (with wall in background) on Bernauer Strasse Bösebrücke The border at Bösebrücke was the first one to open on November 9, 1989. The graffiti in the last clip "Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu bauen!" (No one has the intention to build a wall!) is a quote from one of the most influential East German politicians Walter Ulbricht, who proclaimed this the same year the wall ended up being built. Something that I really appreciate about how Berlin memorialized the wall are the cobblestones laid out on streets and sidewalks where the wall used to be. Just like the Stolpersteine, that remind us of the people who were taken out of homes and businesses to disappear in concentration camps, this is a subtle, but effective and lasting way to remind us of the horrors of the past. If you'd like to find them all yourself, this page on the Berlin Mauer Online website is a great resource. The music I took from Soundtrack Pro. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                  • 10 Berlin Facts - In A Berlin Minute (Week 141) [HD]

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                    --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Ten facts about Berlin - combined with video clips I've collected over the 2 1/2 years I've been filming In A Berlin Minute and scored by my friend Ralf Zwiebel's song "Berlin, New York" - a song I like so much that I've used it in two previous minutes already. 'nough said. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                    • Ostalgie: Intershop 2000 - In A Berlin Minute (Week 140) [HD]

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                      --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- The Intershop 2000 in Friedrichshain (Danneckerstrasse 8) is both a small museum and a shop featuring everyday times from the days of East Germany. It might be the best place in Berlin for you to indulge your Ostalgie (nostalgia for Ost/East-German culture). The shop was started by Elke Matz, a designer from West Berlin, who was curious about the stories behind East German items. She became a collector and eventually opened her collection to the public and also acquired items for sale. What made the experience of coming to the Intershop 2000 so charming was chatting with the two people working there that day. A big thanks to Ingin Reiher and Herr Vetter! They had so many stories to tell about certain items, personal memories, films that have rented from the shop, other people who have bought items and German history and on and on... I could have stayed there all day and I highly recommend you stop by. But don't wait too long. Since everything you can buy in the store is not being produced anymore, one day everything will be sold and the shop might close. Of course, you could always go to the DDR Museum, but there you can't touch everything, buy yourself a Flughafenhotel mug and a "750 years Berlin - Capitol of the GDR" (like I did) or have these lovely conversations. The other aspect that made this visit extra special was that I went with my oldest friend on the planet, Cord'l, who was visiting from Barcelona. We met when we were 3 in a painting group - neither of us turned out to be great painters, but we became the best of friends. Going on a trip down memory lane, even if it involved the items of "the other Germany" was super fitting. The song in the video is called "End Game" by Jason Matherne. Download his music for free via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/goonygoogoo-productions Intershop 2000: http://www.intershop2000.com/ Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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