It all started when I sent a link to Paul Scraton about my visit to Berlin. Paul worked in Leeds for several years and now lives in Berlin (or so I’ve gathered). He picked up on BettaKultcha from my blog and, curiosity aroused, asked when the next event was. As a joke, I suggested we could set one up in Berlin. He replied that he had had the same thought…
This sent my head spinning and suddenly there was a possibility of tying in Jet2 (who are opening a direct route between Leeds and Berlin from June), social weekends with BettaKultcha friends including an actual BettaKultcha event in Berlin and possible reciprocal visits from Berliners to Leeds. Eventually, couch surfing arrangements could cut the travel costs and foster links with one of the biggest cultural capitals in the world. The PR opportunities are also inviting.
Currently, Paul is investigating possible venues in Berlin and checking out the English speaking social enclaves existing there. Alan Lansdowne is a multi-lingual travel expert who is also a BettaKultcha aficionado and he’s investigating travel arrangements. To make the Berlin trip a reality we need to maximise all possible connections so if any of you have contacts there, know any bloggers or people on twitter, then please get in touch.
At this stage we’re just checking the logistics but who would be interested in a weekend trip to Berlin to take in the first ever BettaKultcha in this historic city?