Underground Tours Berlin

The sound of the Underground…

We’ve actually been wanting to go on an Underground Tour in Berlin for ages. We picked the subway/ bunker tour and it was amazing.

Let me tell you all about it. On the website it says you will have to wait in a queue and it’s first-come-first-served, but we got there ten minutes before the start, grabbed tickets in less than 30 seconds and we were off soon after (it was a weekday in November though…).


There was a random door on the street that we opened and down the stairs we went! We started in a WWII bunker that was converted into a bomb shelter against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks during the Cold War. It is 130 meters by 30 meters big and you can easily get lost inside.

The first half of the tour was spent in here, learning about the history of the bunkers and why they were built.

The second half of the tour, we jumped on the train for one stop and from inside the station, we went through a secret door and into a Cold War bunker built in 1977.


2It was fascinating! It was built for thousands of people and you have to wonder how they would have coped in there, as it was meant as a hideaway for two weeks if an atomic bomb had hit Berlin. There were not enough toilets, but this was intentional, so there would always be a queue of people watching and waiting to make sure the only thing you were doing behind the tiny curtain covering the toilet was in fact using the toilet – basically providing absolutely no privacy to commit suicide (which was massive at the time) and there were no toilet seats, as after two weeks stuck with so many people you might get angry and hit someone over the head with it.

The bunk beds came in four layers and it’s hard to imagine anyone getting any sleep. The top bunker would have to deal with the pea soup farts and rising heat and the people at the bottom would be dripped on from the bunks over them, as the people sweated in their sleep. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I sneaked this one in, as it was so interesting. We all had a little lie down on the beds and it was so uncomfortable it’s hard to imagine anyone getting any shut eye at all.


I have to say I wouldn’t like to be stuck in a bunker, ever. Even our amazing guide Anja said she would rather have grabbed a bottle of bubbly and walk into the centre of a nuclear attack than spend two weeks underground…

Easily the most interesting tour we have done in Berlin – highly recommended to you all :)

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Paint Your Style – Berlin

Give it all to me…

I know we just told you about the Pottery Art Cafe in Cologne, but it kinda gave me a bug for drawing on ceramic and so I tried it out in Berlin as well. It is just such a lovely experience! Paint Your Style is a lovely shop all over Germany and the staff are friendly, the choice is great and there are tons of ideas all over the place to explore (AKA: steal – ahem).

Here is what I made:

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The shop is big, has a whole area at the back that you could book out for a special occasion. I’ve heard that on a Saturday it’s really busy and really loud, so I would say go on a weekend evening after work and let your creative juices flow. It’s also really quick to pick up your finished product – a great Christmas present idea for you all!

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Check out the sink! The toilets are stunning too ;)

Check out the sink! The toilets are stunning too ;)

Here is my resulting plate – I’m literally in love with it! A sausage dog plate full of sausages! Makes me happy just to see the photo :)

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Doublesix Dice – Board Gaming Opulence Part 1


Good afternoon internet folks. Allow me to introduce you to a short series on what I am referring to as ‘Board gaming opulence’. Essentially, items and accessories for the board/card/tabletop gaming world that are pretty much unncessary but bring a massive smile to my face for their existence!

Doublesix Dice have the honour of featuring in this first installment. What are double six dice I hear you say? Well they are just like regular 6-sided dice (d6 to the dice aficionados out there) except that the dice have 12-sides (d12) with numbers 1 through 6 printed twice. What is the point of such a thing when we already have had normal, cubular* dice in existence for hundreds, if not thousands of years?


A regular d6 facing off against the new d(6×2)

Let me paint a mind image for you, I’d ask you to close your eyes but then it’d be rather hard to continue reading the next point so avoid doing that! You’re playing your favorite game with regular old d6s… perhaps a game or two of Yahtzee while waiting for your flight to board. You grab your handful of dice from the table and attempt to roll them on the table. You notice the dice just slide from your fingers and barely roll at all. You probably could have called the numbers before the dice left your hands due to the inherent lack of rollability** of cubes.

How on earth can we solve this problem you ask? That’s where Doublesix dice come in! A 12-diced dice (or Dodecahedron once again for those dice mega fans out there) has much great rollability and make your roll much more random… which is exactly what a dice is meant to do!

You can toss these dice across a table and they will most likely keep on rolling until they fall off the other end and disappear under the sofa. It’s definitely a disadvantage to the dice but one I am willing to accept and embrace.

I love that these dice exist.

The dice came into existance through a recent kickstarter campaign and are now fully available through the creator’s website and in some stores over in the USA.

Keep on rolling them bones and tune in next time for Part 2 of Board Gaming Opulence!

*Cubular is much like triangular, but more cube-like.

*Rollability is the official measure of an objects natural ability to roll.