Michelle O'Brien


Warm beer, cold women

The final days of winter in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

Last Rays of Sun

A weekend exploring the nooks and crannies of Oslo, catching the last rays of sun (and a moon) before the long Norwegian winter sets in.


And last but not least, a memorial for the 92 killed in Oslo and Utøya’s 2011 terrorist attacks:
“…og storst av alt er kjærlighetenand” [translation: …love conquers all]

Ode to Winter

There’s no denying Berlin’s winter is long and hard. From October until April there is an almost total lack of sun, limited hours of daylight, constant below zero temperatures, and a colour palate limited to 50 shades of grey. Some days it feels like winter will never end. But it will, and it does – there is light at the end of the tunnel. So here is an Ode to Winter: grim, bleak, but also full of fragile beauty. A time for hibernation and reflection, shedding of old skins, and preparation for the rebirth of spring.

Polish fog

Fog, Polish dumplings, flavoured vodka, pigeons & stylish seniors. A wintery weekend roaming the streets of Krakow.


Yes, sometimes I leave Neukölln. A trip to Boxhagener Platz Flohmarkt, Friedrichshain.


A Wet Winter Sunday

A wet winter Sunday around the streets of Neukölln.

14:00: Eating my lunch as the sun goes down.

Come as you are.

First Glühwein of the season last night at Berlin’s WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt. First Christmas market pics here.


First Glühwein of the season last night at Berlin’s WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market.

Today the winter coat came out for the first time since February.

The temperature seems stuck on 0°. Typical minimal Berlin. I want snow!