1. Abandoned Gardens - Verlassener Schrebergarten - In A Berlin Minute (Week 117) [HD]

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    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- This is one of the most atmospheric places I've been to in Berlin. Schrebergärten aka allotment gardens have been quite popular in German cities. People who live in apartments rent a little garden with a house and spend their summers there. In Berlin a few of these garden colonies have been abandoned due to development plans. During my time in Berlin I've had the opportunity to visit a few of these gardens for true random raves and to take pictures. Yet, I can't tell you where any of them are because, you know, Berliners wouldn't want the tourists to show up... During my explorations it became clear that plenty of people come through to party and to crash for a little while. This was also one of my favorite shoots. If only it hadn't been so hot I could have stayed there all day. I have too much footage as it is and will make an extended version soon. It certainly was a special thrill to climb through a fence, remain undetected by the people in the neighboring still functioning allotment and explore this place full of forgotten memories. It certainly had a feel of "after the rave is before the rave" and the continuous cycle of nature and man replacing each other. For the soundtrack I slowed down Jason Matherne's song "Indus III" and left in the original audio of the shoot, with the birds and the bees and the whispers and stepping on broken pieces that go crack. Music by Jason Matherne: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094 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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    • Sunrise Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 116)

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      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Look who's back in Berlin! Me... and the sun. Well, actually the sun mostly hides behind clouds. Only one of many challenges in trying to film a sunrise. For one: do YOU know the perfect spot for watching a sunrise in your city in July (the further you're from the equator the more the direction changes throughout the seasons...)? Sunsets are so much easier since you watch the sun go down. For a sunrise time lapse you need to be in perfect position before the sun rises! And once you realize you're not in the perfect spot, it's too late to move. Also, of course, you have to stay up all night, which in Berlin is less of a challenge - especially when you have good company. Thank you Andi, Andreas, Judith and David for almost making it to sunrise on the respective nights. The challenge is to still function right now after having slept less than 4 hours to make sure I get this put together and online on time. I won't get into all the other challenges and I'll stand by the first shot, that's out of focus, because to my bleary eyes that's exactly what it looked like on sunrise morning 2. And once I had the epiphany that after sunset in Brooklyn for the last "In A Brooklyn Minute" video (for a while), the first "In A Berlin Minute" had to be a sunrise in Berlin. Too bad I only had two nights/mornings to work with. What I love about this video is the song "New Adventure" by Jason Matherne. I've been wanting to use this song for a long time and was just waiting for my "moving back" video. However, one minute really is too short for this song, because next come beautifully harmonized vocals by Hollie Greer and Jason about staying connected to the person "left behind". So I pledge right now, I'll keep chasing sun rises and morning moods to put an extended version together with the full song. 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 This and other music from Jason Matherne: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094

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      • Berlin Bridges (Brücken) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 96)

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        -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- There are about 2100 bridges in Berlin - crossing streets, train tracks, and waterways. For this 1-minute video I wanted to show you just a few special bridges crossing the Spree River (and its side arm) and the Landwehrkanal. The Oberbaumbrücke in the beginning is probably most people's favorite Berlin bridge and I'm thinking it deserves its own video one day. I filmed that one the previous week when my mom and I went to film the East Side Gallery. Filming that bridge and an online conversation with Inge Preuschoff-Perrier (aka MUEHLENinEUROPA aka PreuschoffPerrier) spurred the idea to go out with Judith on last week's gorgeous Sunday to capture more of Berlin's bridges. On Monday, under grey skies, I went back out to finally find Berlin's oldest remaining bridge: the Jungfernbruecke (Maiden's Bridge), which also led me to discover the Gertraudenbridge (or Rat Bridge as I like to refer to it). Unfortunately some bridges filmed couldn't make it into the video. Of course, there are hundreds of beautiful bridges I didn't even film at all. Some of the bridges in order of appearance: Oberbaumbrücke Moltkebrücke bridge at the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) Schlossbrücke (castle bridge) Jungfernbrücke (oldest bridge in Berlin, built 1798) Gertraudenbrücke (rat bridge) um... new bridge next to Gertraudenbridge Grünstrassenbrücke (Green Street Bridge) Eiserne Bruecke (Iron Bridge - I know it's now made out of sandstone) „Sprung über die Spree" (jump across the Spree) - bridge connecting Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, government buildings on the east and west side of the river (yes, very symbolic) Charlottenburger Brücke and Charlottenburger Tor (bridge and gate) Along the way it became quite apparent that I could have made a whole minute just about love locks chained to bridges. Might be a sweet video. Might be boring. Definitely has me talking with some special people about attaching our own locks. Just have to find the perfect bridges... The featured song is called "Swallowed by the Sea" and was written and performed by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions. Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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        • Koh Samed + Bangkok (Thailand) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 94)

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          -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- During my second week in Thailand I got to relax on the island Ko Samet and explore Bangkok. Big highlight were the elephants on the beach of Rayong - before we took the ferry to Ko Samet. This 1-minute video is, of course, too short to show everything I saw and even recorded. So there'll be a longer version soon on Youtube.com/luciwest. For now, please enjoy quick glimpses of the beach, the fresh fruits, Roti at tricycle bar, Jessica and Kaitlyn, the boats, the lizards and dogs and elephants, the fire dancers, the mermaid... and in Bangkok more boats, Wat Phra Kaew (the temple at the Royal Grand Palace), the big reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, and last but not least the food carts, vendors, Thai massage and tourists on Khao San Road. The music is a mix of things found on Soundtrack Pro.  Photos from my trip can be seen at http://flicker.com/luciwest. Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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          • German American New Years Eve - Silvester 2012 - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 88)

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            -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Every New Year's Eve that we are in Brooklyn, we follow certain traditions - collecting a few new ones as they are discovered. Without any pressure of "we are having a party" it's always "come and join at any point if you like". So when we were back in Brooklyn this year, we celebrated our mix of German and American Silvester (New Year's Eve) traditions: Drinks (new addition: Alex' German Bowle) Spilled Drinks (it can't be helped) "Dinner For One" (short film, which has become European NYE tradition not only due to the famous dialogue: Same procedure as last year? - Same procedure as every year, James.) Walking to Prospect Park (this time we even managed to not lose anyone and meet more friends in the park!) Fireworks (you haven't seen anything yet, until you've been to fireworks almost right above your head, not in the distance) Berliner (hot donuts, this time heated up a bit too much - ouch) Dancing until the wee hours... I honestly don't know a better way to start the new year than to dance with my friends! Thanks everyone!!! Have a happy, healthy, creative, productive and fun new year, everyone! 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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            • Water Taxi To Brooklyn Bridge - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 75)

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              -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- This week's video was supposed to be about the special meeting with my German friends Tobias and Ove on the Brooklyn Bridge every 11 years. But things turned out a little differently than planned...    At first it was just my German high school friends Tobias and Ove standing on the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in their lives in 1989. In 2000 Ove and I (and Scott) were living in New York and Tobe came for a visit. We walked onto the Brooklyn Bridge and vowed: let's do this again in 11 years. A tradition was born.    By now Tobe lives in Portland, Oregon and Ove has long moved back to Hamburg. The guys flew in from different sides of the globe just for this weekend. By chance, Judith was visiting from Berlin (via Arizona) and of course, Scott and I moved back just in time.    We took the free (Ikea) water taxi from Red Hook in Brooklyn to Wall Street in Manhattan and then walked up to the Brooklyn Bridge - only to be stopped by the NYPD who had just closed the bridge after having arrested 700 people attempting to cross the bridge as part of a Occupy Wall Street / We Are the 99 Percent protest.    After 11 years of planning and flights from all over the world... just "No. You can't. The bridge is closed!"    So we did the next logical thing and brought to live a new tradition: to meet at the Lower East Side bar Welcome to the Johnson's every 2 years and drink PBRs (Pabst Blue Ribbon). That is where Judith, Hana and I happened to go when we first met in 2009.    And then finally, a few hours later, we made a second attempt and made it onto the Brooklyn Bridge (despite a really mean cold wind at that time, which also explains Scott's borrowed bright-yellow jacket). We stopped for a few photos, a chat with fellow-bridge crosser Derrick and a vow to meet here again in 2022. Then we walked across and back home to Brooklyn.    The only unfortunate thing: the nigh time conditions and footage weren't what I had planned to get during the day. Fortunately I had already gotten some shots on the boat and from the protest.    If you are interested, I have since spent more time at Occupy Wall Street and have published three videos and some photos.    In case you noticed: yes, I did use a different camera for this (Canon PowerShot Elph). My beloved Lumix TZ10 is broken. It cannot be fixed by Panasonic in the US. In NY I could only purchase the American version (ZS10) - which only shoots in NTSC, not PAL - so it doesn't look (or act) the same and I'm very heartbroken about it right now.  The short bit of music at the end is from Soundtrack Pro. Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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              • Transition - In A B... Minute (Week 71)

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                -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- For 70 weeks I've been bringing you 1-minute videos from Berlin (and a few other places). This week I moved back to Brooklyn, NY. Time to reflect and make a decision: do I keep making these super short documentaries? Thank you all for your support during my time in Berlin - especially those of you who expressed they'd want to see more videos from me, no matter where they come from. This is my first attempt at stop-animation... I'm sure they'll get better... if I dare again. And in the words of Art Brut: "Yes, this is my (singing) voice. This is not irony." Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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                • 360 Berlin From Above - In A Berlin Minute (Week 70)

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                  -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- From the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) at Alexanderplatz you get a 360 degree birds-eye-view of the entire city of Berlin! I have saved this trip and video for the grande finale of my 70 week long series of weekly 1-minute videos from Berlin (and a few other side excursions). Scott and I took the elevator up 200 meters to the viewing floor of the 4th tallest free-standing structure in Europe on Monday - less than 48 hours before leaving Berlin. The TV Tower originally opened in 1969 in what was then still East Berlin (and therefore part of the GDR aka East Germany). To see what the tower looks like from the ground, please check out my video "TV Tower - Fernsehturm" - In A Berlin Minute (Week 29). To give you the full effect of the 360 degree view, I filmed at every third window. The song is "The Fairest Wheel" by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions. Alright then, as I've mentioned, this is a bit of a finale to my "In A Berlin Minute" weekly series, which I spontaneously started during my first week in Berlin, where I had moved to from New York in April 2010. I never expected to be making these videos for so long - and I wouldn't have done it without all of the amazing support from you viewers on YouTube, Vimeo, blip, Facebook and iTunes. Now the big question: do I continue to bring you weekly one-minute videos while I live in Brooklyn - or wherever I go next? And if I do, what should the series be called? I plan to return to Berlin next year, but I don't really think I should stick with the "In A Berlin Minute" title... Or do you think I should just quit with this grande finale? Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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                  • Portugal (Algarve + Lisbon) - In Another Minute (Week 69)

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                    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- This week we made a dream come true and traveled to beautiful and mysterious Portugal. We visited our friends Marisa and Nuno, whom we had met in Berlin last year.   Our first few days we spent in the Algarve: the lovely South coast. Then we drove up to Lisbon: a city full of angles, tiled houses, hills and ancient trams. Of course, it seems crazy to try to fit an entire country into a one-minute video. But you know I had to try. So as usual, bare with me if shots are too short for you. Just pause, take a breath and enjoy. The music is a song called "Some Other Guy" by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.  --- For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.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.com/+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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                    • Street Art 2011 - In A Berlin Minute (Week 68)

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                      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Almost exactly one year since my first "Berlin Street Art" video, I thought it would be time to show you the street art pieces I discovered around Berlin since then. Did you notice the print that I found in both Berlin and in Brooklyn (check "Brooklyn Street Art" video if you don't remember). Pretty amazing I think that both pieces are in both cities and that just by chance I discovered both (on side streets!). There are enough things to see around Berlin that I could do a whole minute with just the "Lucy" wheat paste prints - or one about El Bocho in general - or one that I'd really still want to do: slogans found in Berlin. But my time in Berlin is limited and I'm looking at my last few weeks here... What do you think my last "In A Berlin Minute" video (for now) should be? Do you think I should keep going with a weekly 1-minute videos after I've returned to Brooklyn (for now)? The song used in the video is called "Reglar Wiglar" and was written and performed by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions. Website: http://MovingPostcard.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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