1. Graffiti Factory - In A Berlin Minute (Week 21)

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    --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Apparently Berlin has several abandoned factories covered in grafitti that also allow beautiful views of the city - when you sneak inside... The factory featured in my 21st 1-minute video from Berlin is the first one I have explored. It's on Köpenicker Strasse, west of Kiki Blofeld (not to be mixed up with the Graffiti-covered ice factory on the east side). Btw, right now I'm a bit frustrated with all this buzzing on diagonal lines in the videos. Not sure if a different codec or camera setting would help. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm shooting in AVCHD Lite on the Panasonic TZ10. And yes, I'd love to shoot on a Canon 5D - but unfortunately it doesn't fit into my pocket or my budget. 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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    • Silvester / New Year's Eve 2011 - In A Berlin Minute (Week 36 Bonus Clip)

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      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Silvester (New Year's Eve) Fireworks in Mitte, Berlin. Since week 36 was so full of excitement, I actually have a different video planned for this week (coming out on Friday). So this is an additional bonus video for week 36 because I wanted to share a few images of the fireworks that were going off all around us when Scott and I went for a midnight stroll through Mitte. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive 2011! Let's be creative and kind. - Luci 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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      • Holocaust Memorial - In A Berlin Minute (Week 22)

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        --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- The official name of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is "Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas" (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe). It was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold and officially inaugurated on May 10, 2005 - sixty years after the end of World War II. There are as many concrete slabs on the field as there are pages in the Talmud. In the underground museum there is a list of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. When talking to my German friends about the memorial, I realized there really isn't a German word for Holocaust besides the word itself, which I've never heard anyone say here. But that doesn't mean people aren't aware of the murder of the Jews, Romani, homosexuals and dissidents. The shame and guilt are still felt in the generations born long after the war and have a lasting effect on the national identity of Germans. I won't deny that I've seen signs of Neo-Nazis and racism in Germany today - but then I don't know which country doesn't have those kinds of people. The memorial is supposedly controversial but I personally have found every visit to be a very moving and fitting experience. Admittedly it was even more intense to experience this together with my Brooklyn friend Erica, whose mother (and therefor her) is Jewish. There are so many associations as you see the large field of grey stones. Then you walk in and you get lost, dioriented - the sky and the outside world seem to move further away - you don't know what is around the next corner, who may run into you - you hear voices, children laughing, their innocence today and back then, when the parents were terrified - the thought of all the voices lost... When putting together the video, I tried to capture some of the atmosphere through mixing music with other sounds. It was a little disappointing not to use footage I filmed last year of the memorial when there was a light rain making it look like tears were running down the gray concrete. But the footage was of such different quality and in the end I can't include everything anyway - I don't have any impressive aerial footage or shots at night when the memorial is lit up either. And I'm really trying to stick with just using current footage. For anyone paying attention to such details though: yes, Erica was visiting three weeks ago, which means the footage is from a few weeks ago and not from this week. But I thought it was such an important place I wanted to share it as a weekly video. 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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        • Festival of Lights - In A Berlin Minute (Week 25)

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          -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- It was a dark and stormy... and colorful night - and I went out on my Holland Fahrrad (Dutch bike) to capture these images for you from the Berlin Festival of Light 2010. The 6th Annual Festival of Light shines colorful lights and projections onto some of the most beloved sights of Berlin every night from 7pm to midnight, October 13 - 24. Because I'm trying to squeeze everything into just one minute of video, I only visited a few of the lit-up sights. In the order of appearance: - Neon Sign at Potsdamer Platz - Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) - Fernsehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz - Unter den Linden - Brandenburger Tor (Brandernburger Gate) - Potsdamer Platz - Gendarmenmarkt with Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral), Konzerthaus (Concert House) and Franz?sischer Dom (French Cathedral) Instead of cutting this video to a piece of music, I thought you might enjoy hearing the voices of Berliners and out-of-towners as they discuss, photograph and try to find the best route to the next illuminated sight. A very special thank you to Matt aka PictureReport (on Vimeo) for telling me about the Festival and for creating such inspiring photographs and videos. You will not want to miss the video he is making about this particular event. http://www.festival-of-lights.de 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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          • Autumn Colors - In A Berlin Minute (Week 26)

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            -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- There is no more denying it: autumn (so much more poetic than fall isn't it?) is here. The leaves have changed colors and are quickly falling, the warm coats are coming back out, the bikes stay locked up a little more often (and are collecting the falling leaves), of course the tourists keep coming - only the birds are heading South. Stay warm, dear viewers! 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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            • Tschuess Mitte - In A Berlin Minute (Week 52)

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              -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- After 52 weeks (one entire year!) it's time to say goodbye again - but not quite yet to all of Berlin (although it was a close call). We've decided to stay on a little longer and are just changing neighborhoods again. So the 52nd weekly video is dedicated the geographic heart of Berlin: Mitte. To be precise it's a personal view of Mitte, featuring spots that are meaningful to me (and not all fit): Rosenthaler Platz and Scott and Sankt Oberholz and Rosenthaler Grill Plattenbauten and Squat and new buildings on Linienstrasse (and Kleine Rosenthaler Strasse) Alias street art on Brunnenstrasse Alexanderplatz with Weltzeituhr and TV Tower Hackescher Markt Cheesecake at Kaffee Mitte Alt Berlin Wei Wei and other street art on Alte Schönhauser Allee (across from Good Morning, Veitnam) Weinmeisterstrasse Haus Elke Holzapfel and Mandy at Soma Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at CO Berlin on Oranienstrasse Tacheles with Polizei and Scott Solary and John Jasek And last but not least "The Beach" on the Spree across from Museumsinsel where we've had many sunset beers and will hopeful bid farewell to Marisa Baptista tonight before she moves back to Portugal tomorrow. Oh, "what a difference a year makes" or "Kinder, wie die Zeit vergeht". And the amazing song you've heard in this video and also in the "Ciao Kreuzberg" episode (Week 14) is the still unreleased track "Berlin - New York" by Ralf Zwiebel (of Radiopilot and All Button In). 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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              • U8 Subway - In A Berlin Minute (Week 24) [HD]

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                -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- This week brought a few bigger decisions - some still need to be made. One of the easier ones was to change the name of my weekly one-minute videos from "German New Yorker in Berlin" to "In A Berlin Minute". It seemed helpful to make it apparent immediately that this is just a one-minute video - and that there's a reason why I don't go into all the details of a location or event that I filmed. The aspect that the observations come from a German New Yorker in Berlin probably don't come into play in the videos so much anyway - that's more part of the writing that goes along with it. The title "In A Berlin Minute" derives from the expression "In A New York Minute", which actually, according to the Urban dictionary, refers to "an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn. It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers' lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do." Of course, Germans are considered to be very accurate, which would mean a Berlin minute by contrast to the New York minute is exactly 60 seconds... like my weekly videos. This week's video gives you a quick glimpse into the U8 subway line and its rollercoaster-style twists and turns. In the 24 weeks I've been in Berlin, I've lived in 3 apartments - in three different districts - but all of them were on the U8 line. It was time I honored my favorite train. Now I just need to figure out if the next apartment is on the same train line or if I'm actually returning to New York before then. That's the biggest decision left... 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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                • Berlin Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 171)

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                  --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Now this is a truly fast Moving Postcard. For my last week in Berlin I created a montage of time-lapse shots that I've collected over three years for you. This seemed especially appropriate because during that last week I had a party and a screening of all 1-minute videos at 8mm Bar in Berlin, for which I tried to assemble all 170 videos. It was an exercise in battling frame rates and codec formats (you don't want to know) - but also an opportunity to re-watch a lot of the videos and let me rediscover some moments. Rather emotional, I'll tell you. There may just be another compilation of shots with all my friends who've had cameos in these videos. In the end I streamed all the videos from Vimeo via a projector. Since it's a web series, that was really the way to go. And as a result of the re-watching, I now have put together this compilation for you. By the way, not all shots have been in other videos already - but they're all from In A Berlin Minute shoots. I wonder if anyone can name them all... Maybe you can? The song is called "The Strange Case of Doctor Chiaia" by Tans. It's the second time I've used it. I need some new music! I just have one little bit of bad news. The sunset you see towards the end is something I ended up shooting (a closer shot) during this last week for an entire 11 minutes until the sun was gone. I was going to post that sped up on my LuciWest YouTube channel. However, that footage must have not ended up on any of my 5 hard drives that I just moved to the states with me but on one of the two back-up drives I left behind. Maybe one day I can share it with you. This will be my last Berlin video for awhile. But not to worry, if you've enjoyed seeing a 1-minute video from me every week - I will continue posting videos from other places. And, maybe most importantly, you can always re-watch, re-discover or explore for the first time 172 (one week there were two) 1-minute videos and quite a few extended versions. Maybe this compilation will inspire to go looking around my searchable website MovingPostcard.com. Look for your favorite places or something you've never seen with your own eyes... And know that I always appreciate reading what you think. Thank you again and again to all who have been watching, sharing and encouraging me to keep this going. Love, Luci 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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                  • May Day / 1. Mai - In A Berlin Minute (Week 53)

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                    -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- May 1st (1. Mai), or May Day, is a holiday known in Germany and other countries as the International Workers' Day - a day for political protests, mostly organized by left-leaning groups, which has its history in May 1st protests in Australia and the US during the 1880s. During the 1987 May Day demonstration in the East Kreuzberg (SO36) neighborhood of Berlin it came to extreme clashes between protesters and police. Ever since then, there's been a tradition of rioting during the night before (Walpurgisnacht) and the evening of May Day.   People and police travel from all over Germany to Berlin and Hamburg to participate. It's become a very strange form of tourism for people wanting to set cars on fire, smash in windows, throw stones at the police - and for people who like to photograph and video tape it all. Yes, I had mixed feelings about running around with a camera that day. To work against these riots, since 2003 there has been a family-friendly street fair called MyFest on Oranienstrasse and other locations in East Kreuzberg In my video I wanted to focus on the street fair, the amount of police around, the protest (a lot of which I actually believe in), the bands (including old time favorites Jingo De Lunch), the gawkers and photographers who stuck around until late at night just waiting for something to happen... but then I didn't think I wanted to try to get actual violence footage - because that pointless, mindless, violent s**t, I definitely don't support. Fortunately, this May Day actually went down without any major violence. Maybe the political groups that actually have something to say finally got the message through to the violence tourists and drunk teens: you're not helping, so please stay out of our neighborhoods. Or maybe the police's strategy of letting people dance, drink and celebrate later on the streets and then go home tired and happy had an impact. Don't know. But it was an all-around good, thought-provoking and even fun experience. 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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                    • Mallorca Island, Spain - In Another Minute (Week 156)

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                      -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Mallorca (aka Majorca) is the largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The Spanish island is a very popular destination for German tourists and I've thought many times I might possibly be the only German that has never been. Mallorca has a reputation for being a party island and for everything to be in German. I was delighted to realize that the other rumors were true: the party sections are only in small enclaves, that are either German or English - while the majority of the island is breathtakingly beautiful and fully Spanish or Catalan, when it comes to language and cultural influences. The video will give you a short glimpse into the rough mountainous terrain, the beautiful flowers, the vast sea, the old architecture, majestic cathedrals, the serpentine cliff roads, and the various animals roaming the island. As so often I have a lot more footage than I could fit into the minute. Hopefully I will find time soon to publish a longer version and also a video of just our drives. I went to Mallorca to spend my birthday with my friends Gilly and Bine, whom you can find in the background of one of the shots (they preferred to not be featured). They had just moved to the island themselves and it was great to explore places with them for the first time as well. Thank you for your extraordinary hospitality, Bine and Gilly! What struck me is how beautiful the sunsets were - especially the one seen from the Lighthouse of Formentor. It's one of those moments when you really feel the beauty, majesty and harmony in the nature's divinity. You can almost believe that everything will be alright. Some of the places you see in this video: Palma de Mallorca (capital city) Coast of Platja de Palma Beaches of Arenal La Seu, Palma Cathedral One of Europe's oldest olive trees Valldemossa Port de Valldemossa Formentor Coast and Lighthouse The music is from the software Soundtrack Pro. On May 7th, with the next video, I will mark three years of publishing a 1-minute video every single week. This week was the first time that I published 4 days after the regular schedule. Some of you have been on this journey with me for the entire 3 years and I'm very grateful for you. We've become friends through videos, comments, messages and even a few meetings. So I hope you don't mind if I get personal for a moment. The last few months have been a time of great transition for me. A lot happened, mainly loss, including the deletion of my YouTube channel. Although that part was not the worst or most important thing that happened, it has the most to do with this web series and our connection, which is why I'm emphasizing it in this context. I decided to not give up after that blow but keep pushing it, while at the same time I figured out all the other (more) important issues in my life. Over the last two months I've built a dedicated website for the series (MovingPostcard.com) and I'm in the process of re-building the channel. I don't know if I will ever reconnect with the over 7000 subscribers, whom I lost. Because what I have realized through this phase of transition (and this is a reason why this week's video is late) that I want and need to spend more focus on the people in my personal life and the well-being of my heart and soul and also on making money. I will continue to make videos (this series and larger projects), but they will have to come second from now on to my people and my efforts to make money. 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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