Well technically I just went to Berlin. I stayed for about a week - between two friends places both of which I met in Addis Ababa. The happening place to live is Kreuzberg its basically right in the center of the city just south of the river. Coincindentally most of the people that I know and met in Berlin live there. The rents are quite cheap - maybe around €400 for a decent size place.
I met Clara in Addis about a year ago. She came as part of a group of students associated with INSTITUT FÜR RAUMEXPERIMENTE a special section of the Berlin art school taught by Olafur Eliasson. Most of the students spent about 3 months making work in Addis. They had a studio space setup in the fine arts school - it seemed like a pretty good exchange with the students here. Towards the end they had a show in this big open space around Sidist Kilo.
Clara is currently involved in a project with the Museum of Ethnography. We went and visited to see the films installed.
Later we walked around Mitte and saw a few sights.
Thats mostly what happened the first couple of days. Ill post more about Christmas Markets as well as all of the cultural institutions in the next few posts.