Globetrotting 007: A thirst for more

around Corralejo, Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

I already talked quite a bit about solo travelling, but one part that I have yet to touch upon is how amazing solo travel is when it comes to your own creativity. I can’t speak for other art mediums, as I am primarily a photographer, but I could definitely imagine how inspiring travel can be for any artist.

Being visually stimulated by a completely new environment makes the world feel new again, and being challenged to interpret that feeling through a lens is one of the best goddamned feelings in the world. Not every picture turns out to be something that I am proud of, but is part of the whole process of really seeing and trying to express this with your own sensibility.

The ocean in Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

Travelling alone is amazing, because you are not tied down by any other commitments except the commitments you have made yourself. You can shoot the same fucking building for 20 minutes if you really want to, making sure that you capture what you are seeing in just the way that you want to – which is something I didn’t actually do, but maybe should next time. Even so, I can tell you that although I felt I was shooting away the entire trip, when I went through all my photos back home here in Berlin I was still disappointed that I didn’t shoot more or bring more lenses with me. Still, there is something about the constraints of only using a fixed 50mm lens that I am quite attached to.

Cars on the highway, Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

Fuerteventura itself lends itself so well to being photographed, as everything on the island is absolutely breathtaking and I do have quite the penchant for sun bleached buildings. Looking back on all of the photos that I took during my stay in Fuerteventura also reminds me how travelling keeps us curious and makes us thirsty for life. And although money is one of those constraints that sometimes ties out feet to the ground, I think that if we save up for anything (apart from essential items) it should be for travel.

I’m sort of bursting from the inside and then slowly imploding and deflating being tied to Berlin, and although this is a fantastic city with so much to offer, there is still so much more that my eyes want to see first hand up close and center. I have the same ridiculously pretentious dream that so many other artsy assholes have of hopping in a camper and driving across the US with very little but some clothes, a camera and a few paperbacks, but hey, I’m not apologising. Cos it might make me an asshole, but it’s none the less true.

Arcade in Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

And of course, my biggest desire yet is to pack up and leave for the motherland for half a year and document and write about every goddamned little detail. I haven’t spoken much about it here on LFB, but I was adopted from South Korea before I was even able to formulate an independent thought as an individual but have always had the longing to return and learn about the place that I would have called home, had circumstances been different. It’s calling me to the core, shaking me down to my bones, saying, “Rae you’ve got to do this.” If only I weren’t so terrified of leaving this normal existence of 9-5 that sometimes bores me so.

Sand in Corralejo, Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

It’s fucking hard to throw it all away to grasp at something more, because there is that sickening moment, when you drop the rest to grab onto the new and you have nothing in between your spread fingers but air. And right now I have been wrestling with this thought, wondering if I should just go for it and abandon all the rest. What if it falls apart and I feel like an asshole for even trying? But what if it’s wonderful and beautiful and messy and imperfectly glorious? These are the kinds of things that keep me up at night – wondering if I’m living the right choice or letting it pass me by.

streets of Corralejo, Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

Because I might be young and vibrant and full of life, but life passes you by rather quickly, and before you know it, you’re sitting there wondering why you never just went for all the things that used to keep you up at night before while you still had young legs and fresh lungs (only compromised by the occasional chain-smoking evening during that drunken night in that club that you can’t remember the name of that made you feel alive and in the very fucking moment because you were).

abandoned bingo building in Fuerteventura from www.lovefromberlin.net/

I’m still trying to figure out if I’m just having impulsive childish thoughts or if I’m trying (and failing at) putting myself into a very square-shaped box that just isn’t large enough for all the things I have yet to do. And if I jump, but there’s no one there to catch me, how am I going to deal with the fall? But ah, yes, here’s the rub. There’s only really one way to find out. So either I stop dragging my feet and bite that fucking bullet, or give it all up. Because you don’t half ass life if you actually want to live it.

Herzlich, Rae
photography: Rae Tashman
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My Kiez 004: Asian fusion food in Berlin

umami, prenzlauerberg berlin asian fusion food http://www.lovefromberlin.net/

Do you know that feeling when you discover a restaurant that ticks all your boxes? You’re in love with the food, the interior decorating is superb, and the staff is nice as hell? Umami, which serves up the best goddamned asian fusion food I have had in a long time, is basically one of those restaurants. They are located in Prenzlauer Berg, and while it’s not exactly within walking distance from my flat, it IS a 5 minute walk from the office.

This basically means that instead of only talking about how great the food there is (because let’s face it, no one in Berlin really can be arsed to venture too far out of their neighbourhood on a regular basis – as is evidenced by the fact that I hoo and ha every time I have to make the journey from Friedrichshain to Neukölln to prove to my boyfriend that yes, indeed I am willing to spend the night at his place too and no, he isn’t the only one who has to commute through Berlin in order for us to spend time together), I actually have plenty of opportunities to get my weekly fix.

umami, prenzlauerberg berlin asian fusion food http://www.lovefromberlin.net/

The staff and I are now on a smile-when-we-see-each-other basis because I like to give them my money and I’m almost convinced that when I eat there, my food (and the food of whomever else is with me) comes out just a little bit quicker than everyone else’s because I’m such an amazing regular. I’m sure, in reality, this is really not the case, but I mean small details, right? And the only thing that is preventing me from saying “I’ll take the usual” besides not knowing how to say this in German, is that everything – from the regular menu to their specials – is so freaking good, that I’m not even ordering the same thing each time. (Except when I am, and when I am, I’m all about the Pagoda Rolls, Saigon Pancake, and Herbstgarten Salat.)

umami, prenzlauerberg berlin asian fusion food http://www.lovefromberlin.net/

Umami also has amazing choices for vegans and vegetarians but also incredible dishes for omnivores, so everyone can really find something that suits their dietary preferences. And after finding out that some of my other favorite asian restaurants have since shut down (Susuru, I’m looking at you. Except I’m not. Because you’re gone. And I can’t take it. CALL ME.) I’m pretty sure that this thing that me and Umami has got is going to go on for a while. And you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that.

Umami

Knaackstraße 16
10405 Berlin

Herzlich, Rae
photography: Rae Tashman
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