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Bingo! Win Berlin Hipster Kits courtesy of The Hipstery

by Guest Blogger

Introducing Berlin Bingo! The postmodern Deutschbags at The Hipstery have nailed Kreuzberg with their bingo card covering the district, and need your help stereotyping Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. They’re even giving away prizes! Scroll down for meegahlolz.   
Berlin Bingo: Kreuzberg card front
While being away from home and the tedium of our daily routines is great, being a tourist is actually kind of lame. You wander around, look at big buildings you can’t name, consult quickly frayed maps and get sworn at by locals for getting in the way or daring to interrupt their busy days with your stupid lame tourist questions. If another person asks me “can you tell me the way to the Hauptbahnhof?”, I will bite them in the forehead. It’s that massive building that all the signs are pointing at, the signs that say “Hauptbahnhof”.

So any guide that helps give Berlin tourists assimilate and have a more authentic experience is a good thing. Of course it’s never going to be completely authentic, nor should it try to be, they are a tourists after all. But that doesn’t mean they have to be the annoying kind.

Hipster KitsFor this reason, we at The Hipstery have been working on a new product – Berlin Bingo. To begin, there will be Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain versions. Each card comes with 16 simple items/challenges to help you experience that area of the city. It can be people you have to find, places you have to go, things you have to eat. Simple. Fun.

It won’t help people find the Hauptbahnhof, but that’s their problem.

We’ve finished K’berg and F’hain cards, but thought it might be fun to ask you all for your suggestions for the P’berg and Mitte cards. We’re even giving prizes. I know, we spoil you.

Contest – Suggest entries for Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte cards. The 5 most helpful will win one of our Hipster Kits (contents shown on the right).

Of course there are many Hipsters and much Club Mate is consumed in other areas of the city, but the rules are that something can only be included once and so only appear on one card.

You have until Friday 13th July, and we’ll pick the winners over the weekend. Leave your entries as a comment to this post. We wait with enthusiasm for your suggestions…
Berlin Bingo: Kreuzberg card back

Music Montag: Man Without Country

by James Glazebrook

Man Without Country

Image: Robert Bellamy

Man Without Country occupy that space where mine and Zoë’s music tastes collide: emotronica. We love Depeche Mode, Innerpartysystem, School of Seven Bells, Linkin Park (yes, really)… and now we love MWC.

The South Wales duo are in Berlin for the MELT! Festival this weekend, and they’re playing a warmup set in Magnet on Friday. They get bonus Berlin points for getting an artist based here, Lucy Dyson, to direct their stunning videos. Scroll down to see the fruits of her labour, and to hear snippets from MWC’s heart-swell of a debut album Foe. We reckon they should just up and move here – Man Without Country are too cool for Cardiff!