A business trip doesn’t have to be all work, does it? Last week, my agenda contained a three day developer conference in Berlin. Since there was little to no rain predicted in the weather forecast, my baggage also included a tripod and camera gear in the hopes of capturing some of the Berlin views.
While the other two days would start between 8 and 9 in the morning, the first day started with registration between 9 and 10 am. A couple of years ago, I would have been happy with this opportunity to sleep for an additional hour. These days however, a couple of hours in the morning with a sunrise right in the middle of them means a “check!” in the photo opportunity category. So where to go in a city that you haven’t been able to explore in advance? While there might be many beautiful views hidden among the buildings, I’ve found that the river usually provides the potential for good views. So that’s where I managed to capture this first photo after a short morning walk:
And less then half an hour later, this view just around the corner was in front of my camera.
So that’s the morning covered. If you get up early enough, it’s not that difficult to avoid bothering colleagues with your (time consuming) hobby. But what do you do in the evening, when the sunset occurs just when it’s time for dinner? Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about that dilemma. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one interested in photography. The boss had also brought his camera along and in the evening, the walks to the restaurant turned into quick photo walks, which added these shots to the collection the first day:
And this one on the second day as we were walking near the Reichstag:
And I hadn’t even noticed this cute little bus standing in the middle of a bridge until it was pointed out to me:
Some might view a business trip as an opportunity to work hard during the day and party hard at night but for me, this feels much more rewarding 🙂