A passionate photographer with a double life

When I first meet Raimar von Wienskowski in his elegant Eppendorf apartment, I’m instinctively drawn to a large, colourful photo on the wall. Playful faces stare directly into the camera, it’s as if I’m involved in a game of tag. I hear it was taken on a voluntary trip to Namibia for Steps for Children. It…

The peacock on stage – Rampenfau. No more stage fright. 

You have been asked to present something in front of an audience. Your palms start to sweat, your voice trembles and you walk from one side to the other like a scared chicken. Thomas Coucoulis knows very well what stage fright means and he can help you to overcome it so you can deliver the…

Pop art from the streets of São Paulo

The walls of LKB/G are covered with stencils, paintings, used templates and posters that would not look amiss on the streets of São Paulo. Pop art ladies in vibrant colours fill the room. It’s the opening night of Rouge: Daniel Melim’s first-ever solo exhibition in Europe. One of Brazil’s most renowned street artists, Daniel seems like…

Bringing blockchain to the people: a blockchain lead in Hamburg

A former professional tennis player turned blockchain lead, Daria Suvorova, originally from Moscow, Russia, seems to have an exceptional sense of how to make life interesting. Although she still has most years ahead of her, her experiences are worth a lifetime. She spent her teenage years between Moscow and Miami, where she trained to become…

Hamburg International Kids: United Nations with nap time

Imagine the United Nations, but with nap time and crayons. At Hamburg International Kids — a bilingual daycare centre in the heart of Eimsbüttel — toddlers from all over the world come to play, sing and colour with English and German speaking staff.

von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…

Superfood for super powers: a breakfast lover’s life in Hamburg

I meet Tobias and Sascha, co-founders of Seedheart – a superfood mixture – at cafe Kopiba in Sternschanze for an afternoon coffee. Tobias drinks a cappuccino with regular milk: an unexpected habit for someone promoting superfood. “I have my vegan days, but I still enjoy a good coffee with cow milk”, he says. Sascha is…

Cooking from scratch: a chef’s life in Hamburg

Never talk to a chef when you’re hungry. I learnt this lesson the hard way when I met Benjamin Heins, executive chef at WERFT Craft Food & Cocktails, located at the INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen hotel. When we shake hands, I notice a black glove on his right hand.

Doodling for a living in Hamburg

Ines Schaffranek can’t spend a day without doodling. It all started when she used to get bored at school and started sending notes to her classmates — now she hosts workshops at companies and is hired as a visual communicator and expert at events. BY SABELA GARCÍA CUESTA Ines, why is visual communication so important?…

The life of a vogue dancer in Hamburg

I meet Dominik Lamovski (22) an hour before the start of The Britney Kiki Function—Hamburg’s first voguing event at the HipHop Academy Hamburg. Rocking a blonde wig, white tank top, white skirt, a set of enviable eyelashes and glitter all over, Dominik a.k.a. Dom Twinkle looks nothing short of fabulous.

Californian cruising in Hamburg

With arms full of ink, friendly blue eyes and an enviable full beard, André Langer (33) greets his customers at Electra Bikes like old friends. The shop oozes the laid-back vibe that brought about the Electra brand in Southern California in 1993. 25 years later, we meet bike-expert André — hard at work at the only Electra…