Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Your 6 month Will Do check.

Welcome to our 100th blog :) Resolution check time. Yes we know, it can't be 6 months since you made them. But it is. Time has whizzed by like a gnat flying passed your ear, annoyingly too fast to catch and unrelated proof that to say your one voice is insignificant means you've never spent a night with a lone bug.

But back on what we were nattering about, you should now be half way through your New Year's Resolutions. 6 months into your 3 times a week gym sessions/sitting in the sauna, 181 days into your eating better/sneaking in the occasional (packet of) biscuits and 4344 hours into your not smoking (which we reckon you've felt every second of). How well have you done? Well done, you dedicated things! We've not been as good as you (though we're not quite sure you didn't just fib that) and possibly, maybe, might have forgotten them at HQ. But, but, but after reviewing the list, we can hold our heads up high and say we've not done bad, not bad at all.

Our 4 were...
1. Be more organised, it makes life easier
2. Take every opportunity going, you never know where they lead
3. Learn to use our lovely over-locker we bought last year
4. Make more time to talk to squirrels

Organisation wise, we are still working on it. We were doing great till the opening and then it went a bit squiffy but we've been going for 3 years now (Our Head Honcho started off doing stalls under her own name) and we've definitely improved dramatically since then so it's working progress :)

This year so far, has been full of opportunities. Only 6 days from our original blog, we were approached about the lovely unit that our shop now fills and even though we were apprehensive at first, we are so glad we took the opportunity as we love it! There isn't a day that goes by that we don't have a conversations there that leads to something fabulous, even if it is just a fact about the building (Did you know churches have a spare door to let the devil our from? MmmHmm, nice little fact to share over the biscuit tin) 

The over-locker we had completely forgotten about but it's still lurking and we still have time :) and Squirrel wise? Well, with all our exciting adventures we've not had a spare minute but hearing on what they do to the roof in the church, where our shop is, we don't think we want to. 

Don't feel too disappointed if you too haven't fully tried with your pledges, none of us are Superman (other than Clarke Kent but we bet even he hasn't kept with his "must spend less time near phone boxes") Don't berate yourself, instead look back and see what you have achieved, we bet it's more than you think.

Have you moved house, not broken any of your favourite glassware, written a best selling novel, managed to not kill your house plant or have you just simply survived?

Once you've had a think, write down all of your "I Did's", reread them, feel terribly smug with yourself, show it off to other people to show how fabulous you are and have a day off your 2013 tasks. One day can't hurt, can it? 

Then tomorrow, fresh from your break, survey your old list. Is it a bit unrealistic for you to plan to take over the whole world, or is it not important to run the marathon anymore? It's always refreshing to have a review of your goals and reignite your passion for them, because we can all get a bit jaded or in our case, buried under an avalanche of ideas.

We've decided for our list to take off those pesky squirrel critters and add "Eat more cake". Shouldn't be to hard to keep that one. Good luck with the next 6 months.

This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page. 

Monday, 25 February 2013

And now for something a little different...Berlin

Now here at What's your tale, Nightingale? travel blogs aren't really our thing. We normally waffle on about vintage dittys and show you pictures of lobsters fighting, but our head honcho has recently got back from a weekend away and hasn't stopped raving about it. So we've decided to give her a soap box for her raving and here she is to let you all know how fabulous Berlin is.

Me and my chap wanted to do something a bit different for our 3rd anniversary and Berlin was where our fingers landed when we span our globe. Chap is into dance music and street art and I'm into history and flea markets so it ticked all of our boxes.

We flew with EasyJet (which now has allocated seats for no extra cost, don't you know) in the early hours of a Friday morning and got back Monday evening. However if you are thinking of a trip, we heard on the grapevine that it's better to stay on a Thursday, as that's the night galleries normally have openings shows so you might be able to sneak some free nibbles and drinks. Also, Berlin’s state museums are free for the last four hours (6-10 pm) on Thursday evenings.

Poor is sexy in Berlin but only if you are smart. Like most places, we found the touristy areas charged quite a bit more than the ones off the beaten track. My tip is try and eat on the East side, we found food much cheaper there, say 3-4 each, than in the trendy tourist areas of the West side which was coming out at 12-15 per person. Same goes for staying as well, our apartment (which was fantastic, have a look www.only-apartments.com/en/berlin/PRETTYCENTRAL_15120) was on the east side and the shops around it were reasonably priced for us to get a light snack of cats tongues (Chocolate of course) 

Talking of food, Berlin has a couple of traditions you need to try. It might not seem so in the UK, but in Berlin the Kebab is a health food. There are relatively cheap, about 3 a time, filling and certainly smell a lot nicer than any you get in the early hours of the morning here, Chap recommends picking one up :) And they even cater for us vegetarians with lovely hallumi or falafal. The other tradition is less vegetarian friendly but you really can't go to Berlin without trying the currywurst. It is essentially a steamed and then fried chopped pork sausage covered in a curry ketchup and they love it, it's even got it's own museum. www.currywurstmuseum.com/en/ Well worth a nibble.

Now we didn't just spend our whole trip stuffing our faces, we also got to see some great parts of Berlin off the beaten track with a Alternative Berlin tour http://alternativeberlin.com/subculture-berlin-free-tour It took us to some fantastic squats and graffiti areas we just wouldn't have found without them. Our tour guide was great and kept us all perky and moving in -10 (maybe don't go to Berlin on the coldest weekend of the year) and was full of brilliant facts. It lasts for about 3 hours and you'll need an AB metro ticket and I promise you won't be disappointed. In the summer they take you to impromptu raves and flea markets and the best bit about it is, it's free! Well, tip based, you give the guide what you think the tour was worth, so you can see fantastic parts of Berlin without bankrupting yourself (poor is sexy remember)

One of the places our guide took us to was the Raw Tempel www.raw-tempel.de/ziele.html, just a stones throw from the Warschauer Strasse metro stop. It is an open space used by a group of creatives whose aim is to promote the cool parts of Berlin culture. It has clubs, indoor and outdoor, a Veggie/Vegan cafe which we turned up too early to try it for ourselves, the largest indoor skate park in Europe and some of the coolest art and graffiti I have ever seen. I can imagine in the summer it is buzzing and well worth a visit if your into anything alternative. 

Raw also had just outside its gates a Photoautomat which is the perfect place to get a cheap souvenir of Berlin. These black and white photo booths allow you to have 4 different photos and normally cost less than 3. Just be warned, the first photo is taken quick and it takes about 5 minutes for the pictures to process :) www.photoautomat.de/standorte.html

You might have noticed, I've got nearly all the way through this blog without mentioning the touristy bits. We did do them and would definitely recommend you do to, the eerie-ness of the Holocaust memorial and the significance of the wall are something you have to experience but other blogs have described these well before me so I'll leave it up to them to fill you in on the must see's of Berlin www.timeout.com/berlin/features/11/20-great-things-to-do-in-berlin

There are a ton of other places I could mention, but I don't want to overload you with a mass of information so I will end it with a few lists of places we wished we'd seen and websites we found useful and hopefully a curiosity to go visit Germany's capital!

Places we wish we have visited but we ran out of time.
Allied Museum - this tells the story of the end of the second world war to the fall of the war and looks really good, it has the guardhouse from Checkpoint Charlie and a section of the Berlin spy tunnel. Free www.alliiertenmuseum.de/en/home.html

Berghain - This is one of the coolest clubs in Berlin with a very interesting door policy, definitely worth a visit if your a dance bunny. http://berghain.de/

YAAM - We did have a little look in here at the end of our tour but didn't get chance to pop back but from what I saw and heard, this will be a perfect way to spend a summer evening with a rum and a bit of reggae. www.yaam.de/

Flea Markets - There are loads of these dotted around Berlin, we saw a few but didn't have a good rummage due to frozen fingers and jaws but I hear that is a brilliant one at the Arena, see website for more details www.arena-berlin.de/

Useful websites

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

...to look forwards Happy New Year!

Well you did it! Today is the first day of 2013 and you're alive and well enough to read our fabulous blog.

Once you've picked yourself up from the floor, untangled that cork from your hair, you need to get down to the most important part of today...(drum roll)...What will your New Year Resolutions be?!

The top ten most made resolutions are:

1. Spend Time with Family and Friends
2. Get Fit
3. Loose Weight
4. Quit Smoking
5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
7. Get out of Debt
8. Learn Something New
9. Help Others
10. Get Organised

How many of these did you actually get done on your 'I Did' list you wrote yesterday? http://whats-your-tale-nightingale.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/looking-back.html   

We are going to say we did number 5, number 8, and number 10 but even that might be a bit flakey.

After our little look back yesterday we have decided to see each of our lovely lists in a new light. They won't be a set of strict rules that we will inevitably break and feel rubbish when we look back on but more of moral guidance of how our life should be going in 2013. Yeah, it would be great to get fit and loose that extra wobble but if missing the gym means we get to spend some more time with our little monsters or get to go on a great adventure then its worth skipping. We doubt we will look back and regret those things.

Also there should be a resolution that is pure bonkers, just to keep you smiling. Life doesn't always have to be serious.

With all that in mind, here is our New Years Resolution list for Nightingales:

1. Be more organised, it makes life easier
2. Take every opportunity going, you never know where they lead
3. Learn to use our lovely overlocker we bought last year
4. Make more time to talk to squirrels

A nice list don't you think :)

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