Natalye is a California native living in Kreuzberg. Not satisfied with a BA in Journalism, she went on to get an MA in English, and now works as a writer, editor, and tutor. In addition to words, she has a penchant for road bikes, indie music, improving her German, her cats, obsessively reading and eating vegan ice cream. She is the author of a forthcoming memoir (to be published in June 2014 with Microcosm Publishing, editor of music magazine Berlin Beat and maintains a personal blog, Deutsch, Bitte!
James moved to Berlin in November 2012. After working for almost two years in Berlin's startup scene, he decided to leave in order to focus on his passion, photography. You can see more of his work on his website.
Born and bred in the barren wastes of northern England, Ian Farrell moved to Berlin in search of a better life in 2008. What he found exceeded all his expectations, and continues ot do so to this day. When taking a break from his never-ending quest to discover more undiscovered corners of the city, he can be found either translating things or waxing lyrical on language and social interaction on his blog, Of Words and Worlds. He also plays guitar and occasionally sings in local Blues/Indie/Funk/Folk/Rock band Ivan and the Visionaries.
Laura is Slow Travel Berlin's Assistant Editor. After studying German and Philosophy in the UK, she moved to Berlin in 2012. She has written about food, travel, politics and culture for Exberliner, Wherever Magazine, Disclaimer Magazine and the Urban Travel Blog.
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Marcel Krueger is a writer and blogger living in Berlin. His essays and stories have been published in the Daily Telegraph, Reykjavik Grapevine, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Spotted by Locals, amongst others. After six years in Ireland he currently tries to divide his time between Berlin, Cologne and Dublin. Together with Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and a bunch of other great Irish writers Marcel also holds the world record for 'Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books'.You can find more uninteresting information on his personal blog King of Pain. He doesn’t like spiders.
Fiona was born in Melbourne, Australia and has proudly called Berlin home since 2013. She is a writer at a tech startup as well as a freelance writer/editor/photographer covering arts, culture and travel. She also works with small businesses, startups and brands to create smart content that helps to tell their story. You can view her photography and writing portfolios here and here.
Born and bred in London, Brian Melican moved to Germany in 2008 after a degree in modern languages. Since then, he's lived in several parts of Germany and now calls Hamburg something like home - if he's ever there. Brian likes slow travel and even slower food, but very much enjoys fast trains. He works as a translator, journalist and writer.
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NotMsParker Aka Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe, born in Poland, is a Berlin-based researcher, author and book translator who arrived in the city in 2003. A graduate in English Philology and British Studies at the Humboldt University as well as a true history freak, she digs deep into and writes about Berlin´s past with particular emphasis on her home-base as well as favourite part of town, Kreuzberg at kreuzberged.com. Apart from being a regular Slow Travel Berlin contributor, she is also running a popular tour of her neighbourhood, Western Kreuzberg.
Robin Oomkes studied History at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and then lost himself in a corporate career for 15 years. He is now on a sabbatical leave in Berlin and reconnecting with his historian inner self. He loves slow travel, but is severely tempted by German fast food.
John K. Peck is a writer, musician, and printer living in Berlin. His work has appeared in Salon, McSweeney's, Jubilat, Nerve, Last Exit, and VOLT, and was included in The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. With his wife, he is co-owner of Volta Press, a letterpress and book arts studio, and co-editor of Beeswax Magazine, an annual journal of literature and art.
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Giulia is a freelance writer and editor. She first moved from New York to Berlin in 2008, planning to stay for only a few months. Five and a half years later, it isn’t too difficult to guess what happened. When she isn’t writing, editing, and struggling with the Teutonic tongue, she accumulates new friends, stories, and recipes, all to be mixed into a heady brew packaged, labeled, and savored as “the life of an expat.” She hopes everyone will taste it at least once.
Nina grew up in the quaint Bavarian town of Kempten (Allgäu) close to the Alps. She has studied in Heidelberg, Dublin, Paris and finally Berlin where she got addicted to living in a big city with all its cultural attractions, history and diversity. She travels as much as she can but, last year, has traded her travel friendly existence as a freelance translator against a full-time job as editor of an online platform aimed at connecting people and projects in the social policy field.
Paul Scraton is the founder and editor of the Under a Grey Sky website, which is devoted to “adventures beyond the front door”. He has lived in Berlin for over ten years and amongst other activities writes for Slow Travel Berlin, runs the Wedding and Berlin Wall walks for STB, and organises the Eyewitness History Talks in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse at the Circus Hotel. His latest project is Traces of a Border, exploring the stories and the places to be discovered along the Berlin Wall Trail.
Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based writer & travel photographer and the founder/editor of Slow Travel Berlin. His words and images have appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times Travel, The Telegraph, Nat Geo UK and more, and he has written several books on music and travel, including the HG2 Berlin, Rough Guide to Berlin, National Geographic Walking Berlin and Wallpaper Berlin. You can check out his photography galleries here.
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Anne Thomas is half-French and half-American but grew up in England. She studied German and Russian and has a Phd in comparative literature. She now works as a freelance journalist and translator in Berlin. She is also the coordinator of Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine project outside of Germany.