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This Friday Stephie is coming back for more Bootcamp action. Fancy the challenge? Here’s Jimbo to tell you what it was like…

The first ever Circus Hostel Boot Camp conducted by Stephie – our very own fully qualified personal trainer. Having never attending one of these courses I was kind of expecting Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and, secretly and in a perverse way, wanting the Gunnery Sergeant. It turns out though our Stephie gets the same commitment and motivation by not shouting at all. Not a jot, nothing, nada.

Yet I can feel the muscles in my legs and stomach I didn’t know I had and apparently I have done wonderful things to my buttocks today. Jogging, stretching, squats, planking and sprints but nothing designed to kill you and tailored so that every level can take part. So if you fancy Circus Boot Camp will be going every Friday at 9am for Circus guests. See you there! Oh yeah, not wanting to brag I am “Level 2 Fitness” whatever that means…. Probably means that when Stephie asked if we warm enough after the warm up jog I had to confess that I was sweating buckets :)

Bootcamp is free to join, but places are limited so sign up at reception and get fit for the weekend!

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Jared, Katrin, Esther, Jens and Jurgen drew the short straw last week as they tasted gins and worked on the recipe for our very own Circus versions of the classic spirit… Jared reports on the tasting and what we have to look forward to.

It began with a meet up with Marcus from the Alchemist who introduced me to the gins he was working on for us here at the Circus. We worked together on a recipe involving botanicals from his local garden and incorporated some of the flavours that I prefer. He then presented us four different types of gins – one the basic version, and the others infused with citron melissa, grapefruit, and lemon verbena, respectively.

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All had their own distinct flavour characteristics, and everyone had their favourite. But still, I was not sure, and so I opened the tasting up to more members of the Circus team and this time I decided to offer the gins with tonic water as well, to see how they mixed, and if they kept their flavour characteristics in that classic long drink.

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Interestingly, some of them that we had not been so keen on pure had a much different flavour profile with the tonic, which not only pleasantly surprised us, but made us all the more impressed with our new gin… which led us to the next step: why not create our own gin for the hostel and the hotel? And so that is what we did. We will have not only our very own Katz & Maus Gin but our very own Fabisch as well… they each have a distinct and exciting flavour profile, and both will be available in all three houses. They will be available very soon, so come on by and let’s talk some gin!

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Yep… as the work continues across the street on the outside of the Circus Hostel building, we have been working on first impressions over at the Circus Hotel. This involved a new paint job and plant pots – designed by Sandra Ernst and custom-made by our good old friend Matthias Dembrowski – as well as a new sign commemorating the Fabisch family, who lived and worked at Rosenthaler Straße 1, and whose name lives on in our restaurant. You can read more about the history of the Fabisch family on Rosenthaler Platz here.

And we also got a new sign, which you can see being installed in the photograph above. It was made for us out of aluminium casting by Family Behr company, who have been in business since 1839… and we are sure our beautiful sign will last as long! Here are some more pictures from the hotel facade:

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On Wednesday 22nd October 2014 we are extremely pleased to be welcoming to The Circus another eyewitness speaker from the Zeitzeugenbörse (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History). This is part of our monthly series events that we have been running for the past two years, in which we invite speakers to come and join us for a while and tell us their own personal stories about different moments in Berlin and German history.

This month we are delighted to welcome Sieglinde Neff who will be coming to talk to us about her life in Berlin, first in the German Democratic Republic and then, having left illegally during the 1950s, in West Germany. She will share her experiences, including life for young people in East Germany, and the legacy of the division as we approach the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We are really looking forward to another fascinating evening of personal history in Fabisch, and we hope you will join us. The talk will be in English, is open to all, and is free… although we will be collecting contributions towards our own donation to the ZZB to help them continue in their important work.

Where: Fabisch at The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Straße 1 (U8: Rosenthaler Platz)
When: Wed 22 October 2014 at 6pm

(Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F079010-0037 / CC-BY-SA)

Bootcamp

Yep, that’s right. Inspired by our intrepid Krassfitters who are working hard in training towards their race this Sunday, we are launching a new “activity” for Circus guests… our Friday Boot Camp. It will take place every Friday morning at 9am, and will involve a bit of light running, some stretches and crunches, squats and planks, and – our instructor promises – it will be a lot of FUN. Yes, really.

So if you want to join in, it is completely free, but you will need to let us know at reception. Get fit on your travels? Yes we can!

Do you like beer? Then you really should watch this video:

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It is less than a week to go until the Circus Team gets down and dirty at the Krassfit challenge… here, Jonathan takes up the story of exactly why they have decided to do such a crazy thing…

The days are getting shorter and the first Santa Clauses appear in the supermarkets. Most years that means to stock up on chocolate and DVDs in order to stay in and wait for spring to come. But some members of the Circus said: Not this year!

Rather than turning into couch potatoes, Jonas, Sean, Annika, Jan, Sam and Jonathan decided to get a little fitter and signed up for the Krassfit-Challenge in the woods east of Berlin on Sunday, October 18th. The so called Krassfit-Challenge is an extreme-run that covers a distance of 13km over pathless ground.  Not only have the participants to run over muddy, rocky and slippery surfaces, but also they have to pass 30 challenges. These challenges are very diverse, some of them still unknown, and the team doesn‘t know 100% what to expect. But it is clear that the challenge will be tough and dirty! If they want to make it to the finish line, the team has to crawl through mud ditches, swim through ice water or climb up ropes.

“Running together as a team is part of the fun”, says Sam from the hostel reception, “the concept of the challenge is that you can only handle some of the barriers with great team effort.” The Circus-Team consists of members from the Hotel, the Hostel and the Katz & Maus, showing an overall Circus effort.  In order to practice for the Krassfit-Challenge, the team set up some practice sessions and also reactivated Jimbo‘s Wall Run giving Circus guests the opportunity to take part in the team‘s initiative of becoming fit while at the same time experiencing  Berlin‘s history.

Not only does the Circus-Team run for fun, but also they want to raise some money for Schülerpaten, a project that has been supported by the Circus for quite some time. If you want to support the Circus-Team in this matter, you are welcomed to leave some dimes in the Schülerpaten-box at the hostel reception.

We will let you know how we survived, after the run… but in the meantime, here are some pics of myself and Sam getting into the training spirit:

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If you have passed through Rosenthaler Platz in the past week you will have seen the guys hard at work on the first steps of a new façade for the Circus Hostel building. As the renovations step up on both sides of the square in the hostel and the hotel we will continue to keep you posted with what is going on… in case you missed them before, check out the visualisations from our friends at UNIT Berlin below, to get an idea of what to expect for the hostel building.

Oh, and the thirsty amongst you should keep an eye out next week for a very, very special announcement…

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