Valerian agent spatio temporel épisode 2016

Ca commence de facon classique, des connaissances artistiques italiennes en résidence à Berlin m'informe d'une performance quelques jours auparavant. La performance aura lieu à Flutgraben dans le cadre d'un festival appelé Space/Time. Le samedi arrive, le rdv est pris et je retrouve un ami artiste musicien, entre autre, résident à Berlin et ailleurs.

dans la queue j'attends mon acolyte, les gens arrivent doucement, le programme a déjà commencé et nous attendons. Le lieu est situé juste après le club des visionnaires, dans un bâtiment relativement industriel.

Comme on n'est pas très doué on réussit à manquer toutes les performances successives à force déambuler dans le bâtiment, regarder de l'autre côté du canal et observer la foule d'IPSE d'où la musique résonne. La discussion nous ramène à Berlin quelques années avant, au Mexique, en Argentine, au Japon..

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la faim arrive, nous sortons, nous dirigeons vers Schlechises Tor, récupérons un trio italo suédois indonésien pour finalement choisir un restaurant géorgien. L'international tout ca. New faces, new food, nice people, que demander de plus?

le temps de retourner au Flutgraben où des connaissances vont clore le programme avec leur performance. Pour une fois on essaye d'arriver avant la fin. Les gens s'agitent pour reconfigurer l'espace, ambiance club, dj aux platines, atmosphère enfumée, c'est parti.

Puis c'est le retour vers la montagne en vélo, enfin Prenzlauerberg, une soirée classique des plus internationale à nouveau, 5 personnes, 4 nationalité, 10 langues...


Virtual guide in town

I'm one of the bloggers for Spotted By Locals Berlin, sometimes we have an operation called weekendbylocals where one spotter is asked to take over the instragram account of Spotted By Locals. It's did happen to me this weekend. First of all I love the concept, it gives you the possibility to follow a virtual guide in a city in real time, watching his pictures, seeing how he/she is moving into the city. So let's put some words on my path as the weekend was pretty dense again.

It started yesterday morning by shooting a small video showing the public transport trafic at Eberswalderstrasse. It continues with a semi random city exploration from Prenzlauerberg, Mitte to Tempelhofer park. Two airports for me this day, I registered during the week for the night airport run on the tarmac of the newly not yet open airport BER, one on a bike and the second with my running shoes. Semi-marathon started at 7:00pm by day light and finished into the darkness with for only lights the traffic lights on the tarmac, spooky... Almost if not the same time as last year, only difference I felt much better during and after, but running without hangover does help a bit.

Sunday was a bit more relax, meeting friends, one being a spotter too, discovering new place, having lunch on a boat, taking more pictures and not feeling guilting to overshare images on the internet for once :-)


First feet bath of the year

First real weekend announcing the spring. Yesterday I could not stay on my sofa, one look outside, blue sky, jumped on my bike in order to go checking how it was in altitude, aimed for Muggelturm located in  Muggelwald near Muggelsee. It's a short bike trip, 50km, one line to go and the same to go back, crossing East-Berlin, Ostkreuz, passing the FC-Union stadium, Köpenick, entering the forest and climbing. Once on the top I got the offer to join friends for talco in SO36. The pause was short and return home, concert start in two hours. Long story short it was good.

Sunday morning, struggle to leave my bed, I did promise in the middle of the night to join the apocalypse riders for another bike tour, the goal being Liepnitzsee. So here we are, Sunday lunch time, ready to go and direction the North of Berlin with on the roadmap Pankow, Bernau, Buch, Lanke and finally, maybe the lake. Before reaching the half of our trip, the full loop being to be able to come back in Berlin, we stop at a gas station, put some air in our tires, acquire a beer each.

Weather is nice, not too cold and the beer on the side of the lake very pleasant. In the summer the place can be crowded, today it is only for the braves. I put my feet in the water, loose one or two toes, left my beer in the natural fridge and try to warm up what's left from my feet.

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Taking the direction back to the city we make another stop about 1km later. The view of the imbiss wakes up some food memory, we are hungry. It's then what we call the bockwurst pause. The owner of the place is so old and slow that I worry about my order, will he past away before bringing me my meal?

Having our stomach full we keep going on our tour. We just have to go South, crossing forest and getting slowly closer to the civilisation. 80km later we are seating on the side of the Spree facing Treptower Park, enjoying the last rays of light and last deserved beer.

A lot of fun.


Last Sunday in SF before the next one

Last Sunday of my trip and still a lot of stuffs on my to-do list before flying back.

cooking breakfast eggs for my host, drinking water and hopping to get rid of a slight headache thank to the Hawaiian cocktails, thank you Hawai not sure I want to go there now, maybe, will see.

Good or not the shops are also open on Sunday here. I get dress and aim for the Chrome HQ store not far from where I stay this weekend. I love the shop, want to buy everything but I stay strong and only take one jacket.

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I catch a bus, change area and go back to amoeba, the best music shop ever if you remember. Luckily there is a small concert when I arrive, a tiny Japanese girl is on stage, her guitar is almost bigger than her, her English is tinted of Japanese accent. But once  she start singing and playing it's wahoooou, we all feel she just fills the space with her voice and presence, super cool. If you are interested her name is Guita Rei, her soundcloud Rei and FB Guita Rei and I have to say her live performance is more energetic than what you will listen on those links.

I leave the amazing place with a list of zillion stuffs to listen. Outside I met Laura, Spanish friend working now in SF. First met in Berlin a few years ago because of another French friend Berlin being connected by a third French person in NY but coming from Paris. Do you follow? Sometime I have difficulties myself.

Anyway, we have a lovely late Sunday meal in Cha Cha Cha. So far a very good 10 days in the Bay area, meeting again, or the first time, or staying with, or jogging with or simply spending time with friends, new friends. Now there is twist because I write these lines based on my notes and at this time I didn't know my interviews weren't successful. But who cares? This doesn't change my views on these days, meeting people in real is still winning over all the tech shits around us. And I will be back.

Laura and a friend of her gave me a lift to the other side of the city. I'm meeting a Michel in his lab at UCSF in Mission Bay. Finally I will se his lab bench after so many years! Always pretty cool to visit the labs of your friends, especially when they study cells, genomics, the mix of living stuffs, computers and funky optic devices, what else do you need?

Last diner in Noe Valley by the double pair M&S&S&A. Slowly SF is becoming a fourth second home after Paris, Montreal, Oslo, Berlin...

A last tour in the tramway to go back to SoMa. This time no crazy guy talking to me. Statistically if there is a crazy person in the bus or tramway here he will talk to me because I'm listening. People are going home, everybody is on its smartphone, Tinder here, spotify there.

A last chat with my host and it's time to let me fall on my bed. Good night SF, you have been great.


Sunny Saturday in SF

A few first times this Saturday in SF. For example first sunny Saturday of my trip in SF.

first of all jogging on SF harbour with my host, we will call her Katrina as some people are obviously not able to pronounce here name correctly,  running under a big bridge, bypassing the baseball stadium, enjoying the beautiful light.

Having a breakfast break after 5km of running, testing a chipolte sandwich on the water almost and going back slightly not lighter than before the sandwich in running again. Crossing SoMa, passing South Park, another cool name. Last week I did want to run until Twin Peaks but the weather was too much apocalyptic to make an attempt.

then we went to play the tourists trying to catch the cable train. It wasn't a first time for us and we failed. But we were successful in catching it later without paying, a great experience :-)

Continuing our tour, re-visiting Russian Hill, going to the water and meet the ugly tourist nest just to know where not to go, then walking toward the Coit Tower. At some point a coffee break in Caffée Roma. Coffee place with entrance on both side of the street. When we get in it was almost empty, two customers, one of them came in with its screen, playstation and joypad, interesting...

the walk continue and we are getting closer to the Coit Tower. There we meet friends of my host trying to set up a surprise party for one of them. I'm an outsider observer but don't feel exclude as a group has a pretty nice dynamic. The surprise party is kind of not working out but the party mood is here. From then we uber-ride in the city.

then the usual "no ID you can't get in", but being not too far from home we use that excuse to go a few minutes away from the group. Leaving the people entering the Hawaii cocktail bar. No comments.

we are back with IDs, the people are suddenly extremely talkative as we had left them at the beginning of the evening and were back after hours... but no, it must me the sad power of alcohol, the cocktail were full of sadness liquor. But again, nice people so it wasn't too bad.