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On the 18th October 2014 four members of the Circus team – Jonathan, Sam, Jan and Annika – will be taking part in the Krassfit Challenge to test not only themselves, but to raise some money for the Schülerpaten Berlin, a mentoring project here in Berlin that Circus has been supporting over the past year or so. Of course, to run thirteen kilometres over a variety of obstacles is not easy, and so our fantastic four need to get in training…

…and this is where you come in! Every Wednesday morning from now until the event on the 18th October, our Krassfitters will be running a stretch of the Berlin Wall here in Berlin as part of their preparations. The route is about seven kilometres, door-to-door from the Circus Hostel, and takes you past some of the principle Berlin Wall sights, including the Memorial and the Documentation Centre on Bernauer Straße, a watchtower that now houses a museum to Günther Litfin, the first person killed attempting to cross the Wall, and other sites of memory from the period in which Berlin was divided.

Jonathan, alongside Circus colleagues Paul and Jared , tested the route out this morning… and if you want to join in the fun, and see some historical sights along the way, the runners will be meeting each Wednesday morning at 9.30am in the Circus Hostel reception. A great way to start the day, and also you will be helping to motivate our brave team as they get ready for what promises to be one heck of a challenge. You can follow their progress here on the blog, and Jonathan will be writing something for us in the next few days to explain a little more about what Krassfit is all about… for now, take a look at some pics from our running route:

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So… struggling with the local lingo? Need a bit of help to tell your Bratwurst from your Bratkartoffel? Never fear, because Jimbo is here! Now, our very own Jimbo might have been born within a Peter Schmeichel throw of Old Trafford on the edge of sunny Manchester, but he has been here in the German capital for fifteen years and during that time he has done daily battle with the German language… the result has been a honour-filled scoring draw, and so who better than to put together a very special podcast with the most important phrases you will need during your time with us in the German capital. Thankfully, he enlisted the help of Lisa in creating his very special non-essential guide to the German language, so have a listen for yourself… after all, you might even learn something.

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This is (some of) us at the opening of UVR Connected in the Hotel building on the corner of Rosenthaler Platz. Those of you who have been keeping an eye on the blog will have seen the announcement of the opening a few months ago, and after a lot of work clearing the space and getting it ship-shape, the big event took place last week. Here’s what we said about our new neighbours back then:

“Alongside carefully chosen brands, UVR Connected stores also sell their own collection, much of which is produced in the countryside north of Berlin in a region known as the Uckermark. Using fabrics from Italy and France, UVR Connected creates clothing that is timeless, classic and, in their own words, “grown up”. We think it is great that we will have on the square another local company, committed to production in Germany and Europe, and we are looking forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the square.”

Well now they are here we are certainly happy to have them next door, and as the dust settled on the opening party we sent Lisa around to take some pictures so you can get an idea what to expect. Rosenthaler Platz just got a lot more stylish:

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So the Circus Creativity Bonanza continues apace… anyone who has been to Rosenthaler Platz in recent weeks will see that the renovations to both the hostel and hotel buildings are in full swing. On the hotel side, the new corner shop from our friends at UVR Connected has opened – we will be bringing you some photographs from the interior in the coming days – whilst across the street the Apotheke space has now joined the opticians under the deconstruction hammer.

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But what to expect in the future? Well, behind the scenes the Circus team and our buddies at Unit Berlin have been formulating their plans for both inside and outside the hostel building, and today we are offering a sneak peak of what you can expect for the façade of the building. We have so many ideas that we cannot wait to share with you, so keep following us here on the blog to find out more in the coming weeks and months.

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Next Tuesday (July 22nd) we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back to The Circus Jutta Hertlein, as part of our series of talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. Frau Hertlein has been to The Circus before, and it was an extremely interesting evening as she told us all about her life and experiences of living in Berlin during the time the city was divided by the Berlin Wall.

Frau Hertlein grew up in East Berlin until the age of 13, when she moved with her mother to West Germany. At the age of 25 she moved back to Berlin with her husband, living in the West of the city for 24 years until the fall of the Berlin Wall. During that time she made many visits to friends and family in East German and the GDR, and some of the stories she tells about the border crossings are not only fascinating, but at times barely believable when we look back on it now.

After the talk Frau Hertlein will be available to answer any questions you might have. Once again we are expecting it to be an extremely interesting and informative evening and, as always, the talk will be in English and is open to everyone. We will be collecting donations to the ZZB, to help support them in their important work.

Details:

Where: Fabisch @ The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Strasse 1, Berlin-Mitte
When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at 6pm
Topic: Life in the Divided City
Speaker: Frau Jutta Hertlein

Image Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L0521-0015 / Kutscher (verehe. Kubiziel), Sig / CC-BY-SA

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Ninety minutes from glory… yes, here in Berlin the nerves are already jangling as we wait for Sunday evening and the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. We have been here before, of course. Germany played in the final twelve years ago, whilst the 2014 edition is a re-run of the finals of 1986 and 1990. In 1986 Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to victory in Mexico, whilst Beckenbauer’s boys got revenge in Italy four years later.

With Germany coming into Sunday’s game on the back of an almost unbelievable 7-1 shellacking of hosts Brazil in the semi-final, Argentina will know that their team, led by Lionel Messi, will have to be at the absolute peak of their powers to grab the famous trophy in their rival’s backyard… it has all the makings of an incredible game, and of course we will be showing it live on the big screen down in Katz & Maus, with kickoff at 9pm.

The night before we are also showing the Third Place Playoff game between the Netherlands and Brazil. Kickoff is at 10pm, and at 8pm we will be hosting the final edition of our very special World Cup Quiz, with prizes to be run. On both days we will have our World Cup Happy Hour – with big beers half price between 8 and 9pm…

So good luck to all teams… and if Germany can pull this off, be ready for the party of the year! Here are some more impressions from the last few matches at Katz & Maus:

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GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Blimey Charlie, this World Cup is turning into something very special indeed when it comes to action on the pitch. Not only were there goals galore in the group stages, but in the second round all sixteen teams gave it a good go and there were some extremely dramatic finishes. There will be plenty of “what ifs” as well, especially from fans of Chile and Switzerland… whilst both Algeria and the USA put on a show that hardly any of us would have expected, apart from perhaps their most hardcore fans.

But we have to wave goodbye to some good teams, as we head towards the Quarter Finals. As always we have all the games shown live on the big screen in our World Cup Lounge at Katz & Maus, a daily happy hour from 8-9pm, and on Saturday, the fourth installment of the World Cup Quiz.

Friday 4th July

6pm Kickoff – GERMANY vs France
10pm Kickoff – Brazil vs Colombia

Saturday 5th July

6pm Kickoff – Argentina vs Belgium
10pm Kickoff – Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Here are some more pics from some fun nights down at the World Cup Lounge:

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After the fantastic opening party a few weeks ago, it is time for the second installment of the FLY Watergate Open Airs at Rummelsburg this coming Sunday. On 6th July it is time for Suol vs Mobilee vs Watergate, and here’s what our mates have to say about the event:

“For months we have been looking forward to dance barefeet through the sand, watch the sun’s rays twinkle on the Spree and rubbing the marks from our sunglasses on our nasal bridge. With great relief we can announce that those days have finally arrived. By that we mean the festival at Rummelsburg! And even better than a Watergate-Festival at Rummelsburg is the fact that we can spend it with our dear friends from Suol and Mobilee.

Without a doubt it is a great pleasure being able to experience it all with you! Get ready for Fritz Kalkbrenner’s live show, a thrilling set by Seth Troxler and a dose of Tiefschwarz in broad daylight. Also we have Anja Schneiders Sound in our beautiful Spree setting, Daniel Bortz delivering emotional tunes and the not-so- sleepy Pillow Talk. Suol-trio Chopstick, Johnjon and Till Von Sein are on board too with Rodriguez Jr. and Re.You letting you ride their sonic waves. To complete this phenomenal extravaganza we invited our beloved friends Matthias Meyer, Ruede Hagelstein and Meggy.”

As always, we have tickets available at the reception of the Circus Hostel for €19,50, and it promises to be some party… check out the facebook page of the event for more information, as well as links to the artists performing on Sunday.

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