In Berlin, homeless Germans can get an official registration of their status. This grants them a special ID that entitles them to receive different services, such as food, shelter, counselling, a postal address, etc. Yet many people remain unregistered, sometimes by choice.
By Melisa Chávez Moreno on understanding the culture of homelessness in Berlin. (via thisbigcity)
Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city. In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn. But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options. Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break. It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.
My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage. I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up. It must create an impressively vibrant street life.
Long exposures photos of “Japan cherry blossoms” byArixxx
We often see photos of the fascinating and busy city life of Tokyo, however, sometimes it is good to slow down and show other parts of Japan. Photographer Arixxx focuses on taking pictures of nature and nighttime scenes in Hitachi.
Every year, the Burning Man festival is a popular destination for extraordinary people who want the enjoy art and a unique way of life in one place. Venue is the setting of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The festival has a unique identity. It represents a week full of freedom, art, and party far from the usual rules of civilization.