Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bookshop Sleepover in Berlin

I got quite excited when I first read this a moment ago, and then I remembered that I'm too old to sleep on the floor. But maybe you're not, so...

They're having a sleepover at the Buchbox bookshop on Helmholtzplatz. They list a number of highlights that you might actually be able to get without sleeping on the floor, such as talking to a bookseller, drinking wine and eating Flammkuchen. But Isabel Bogdan tried it out a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and then that company that is ruining Berlin ran a similar thing at Waterstones in London after a tourist got locked in overnight, so who knows.

It's free, but there is of course a drawback. You have to belong to a thing that calls itself "Yelp Elite" and claims that "it's chic to be elite". I have no idea what this thing is, either because I'm too old to sleep on the floor, or because I don't agree that it's chic to be elite. Very possibly both. If, however, you would like to spend a night sleeping on the floor in the company of people who think it's chic to be elite, you could always sign up very quickly to the Buchbox newsletter via their website, which offers you a chance to win a ticket without signing up to Yelp Elite. Good luck to you.

3 comments:

Margarete said...

"... I don't agree that it's chic to be elite. ... If, however, you would like to spend a night sleeping on the floor in the company of people who think it's chic to be elite, you could always sign up" - ah, that is so refreshing to read! Especially on a night before First of May. Being locked in in bookish places is still a fine thing, but I can have that at home, together with a comfortable bed.

kjd said...

Enjoy your day off! In Berlin the shops are open on Sunday to make up for it. Doh!

Harvey Morrell said...

Hmm. Maybe someone should start a Goethe & Company, modelled after Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, that specializes in selling German and English literature and where translators English-German and German-English can stay for free as long as they also worked a couple of hours at the store. :)