I’ve been a little bit off the grid lately, except on Facebook and Instagram, but as my trip to Europe winds up, I thought I would write up a brief post (with pictures, of course!) before I head back to the States.
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. From Wisconsin to Paris, to Berlin, to Edinburgh, and on Monday back to Wisconsin, I’ve met wonderful new people, caught up with some good friends, visited amazing art spaces both big and small, ate some of the best food of my life, and felt time sort of disappear. Sometimes when I’m traveling, things that happened last week can seem like a year ago. As disorienting as that can feel, it also clues me into the fact that I’m thoroughly in the trip. So I am grateful that I have been able to see and experience so much.
Paris, first, was wonderful. It had been nine years since I’d last visited and it still possessed the same magic. The trip came about as a good friend’s husband had planned a surprise birthday week in Paris and Berlin for her 30th birthday. As part of the birthday surprise, he invited a few of her friends to be a part of it! It went off without a hitch. She was in fact very surprised, and we commenced a really amazing week of exploring with a group of five: my friend and her husband, two of their awesome friends from Atlanta, and myself.
I would be remiss not to mention the events in Paris on November 13, however, and it’s a little surreal to have been in the city just a week or so ago. It is a terrible blow to the city, and a gut wrenching thing to hear about on the news. My heart goes out to my friends in Paris and to all of those who are affected, as well as those who work so hard to get us through times like this, in whatever capacity they can.
After Paris, we flew to Berlin, where none of us had ever been before. We only had a couple of days, so we explored the major areas like the Brandenburg Gate and went up to the top of the Berlin Cathedral to get a good view. Perhaps most exciting for me was our visit to the Bauhaus-Archiv where we saw a fantastic exhibition of artworks and artifacts from the school, which closed in 1933. There were some great design and art shops as well; a favorite was a print shop called In:Surgo which featured their own art publications, prints, and zines. We had some amazing meals and drinks in various parts of the city, especially near to where we stayed in Kreuzberg, which was a contemporary flat in a converted warehouse. It was raaad.
Arriving in Edinburgh felt a little bit like coming home. It’s been a little over a year since I moved back to the U.S. after completing a Masters program here, but it’s been amazing to catch up with so many friends who are still here, and to visit familiar haunts and new places in turn. I was able to sit down and chat with artists Jack Stanton and Suzy Babington who were featured on the blog back in March. I also met with my friend Ana who delivered a print copy of an exhibition catalogue for Interview Room 11‘s The Eternal Traveller’s Syndrome, which I had written late last year.
I’ve been in Edinburgh for the last week, catching up with old friends and taking it generally quite easy. But I look forward to getting home again and working on some new projects this winter, as well as getting the next artist blog post up! See you soon!