Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 132)

The Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) located in the Spree River section of Alt-Treptow, actually changed its name to Insel Berlin (Island Berlin) in 2010. But I prefer the more poetic name.

The first time I came to this island was for some goth, punk or rave party (who really remembers the details?) with my friend Elke when I briefly lived in Berlin in the early 90s. Last year Scott, Judith, Simone and Julia rode our bikes to the island, met Arturo and spent the best Easter under the blooming trees. To film this video I returned to the island with Elke. It was a very difficult and sad day for me and it strikes me now, how beautiful and serene the island comes across in the images on a beautiful, colorful autumn day.

It’s comforting to think that no matter how difficult your day or your life is, nature goes on living and showing you its beauty.

The song is “I’m Givin’ Up” by Jason Matherne. Download “I’m Givin’ Up” for free via Soundcloud. Check out his Facebook page for links to more (free) music.

This video is the first one I’ve uploaded in 1080p. Let me know what you think about the picture quality. Still playing around with some settings.

Also for the first time, I allowed the video to be 1 second longer to let the song play out a bit better. Btw, YouTube always ads 1 second into the count. Not sure why.

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You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Insel der Jugend / Island of Youth – Photos


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  1. I just love this one Luci. I never knew this island’s name, and think I have mostly seen it in the dead of summer or winter, but now feel as if it’s best season must be fall. A beautiful video moment in time for Berlin – no matter what you were feeling (for better or worse).

    • Thank you so much, Ebe! While I do think this island is a beautiful sanctuary in colorful fall (and always a unique place within Berlin), I think it’s just as striking, if not even more, in spring. Around Easter in 2011, a lot of the trees were covered in white blossom. It was like being in a magical fairyland!
      Happy Halloween!
      xx Luci

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