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We were here last year… for a two day event hosted by our friends at Apartmentservice for all those who work in the fields of serviced apartments. For the second year in a row, representatives from houses across Germany came to Hamburg for two days of meetings, presentations and exhibitions around the topic… and representing the Circus was our very own Location Manager Ivi.

As well as receiving plenty of input and inspiration during the two days, there was also a prize giving ceremony for the So! Apart Awards … and the Circus Apartments came out winners! Yep, following  the decision by a jury we were awarded first place in the category “Die kleinen Feinen” (Small, but perfectly formed) and second place in the category “Grüne Zukunft” (Green future). We are very proud of these awards, as they reflect another year of hard work by the Apartments team and we have to thanks not only all the members of the crew who helped make it possible, but also all our guests who have taken the time to speak to us about our work and who have inspired us to continue improving and making things better!

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Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum is brimming with mysterious artifacts and treasures, but its most curious inhabitant may prove to be its half-blind canine caretaker.

Whether you have kids or are a big kid at heart, come join us on Tuesday 11th November in Fabisch for a very special reading and workshop with one of our favourite writers and illustrators, Zack Rock. Zack’s new book Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum has just come out and he will be both reading from the book, talking through his artwork, and giving the creative and curious the chance to try some illustration for themselves under the guidance of an expert!

The event will be in English, is free and open to all, and Zack will have copies of his book that he will be more than happy to sign and sell to you. Just for your orientation: the book is aimed at school-age children… take a look at Zack’s website to get an idea of his work.

Reading and Illustration Workshop with Zack Rock
Tuesday 11th November 2014
5pm
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel

Bootcamp

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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Facade

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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