Friday, 8 January 2021

Wellness in Berlin

Runner with street art in Berlin
PRESS: Simon Raven, Berlin ©

Berlin has long been known as a hedonistic party city and hipster hangout. During a summer flat-sitting for a friend,  the travel writer Simon Raven is inspired by an exhibition about David Bowie to seek wellness in the same city the musician fled to in the 70s to escape drug addiction and improve his wellbeing. Experimenting with yoga in Kreuzberg, singing bowl therapy at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, sauna infusions at Vabali Spa and Tai-chi at Berlin's Kung Fu Shaolin Temple, Simon struggles along the path to wellness with his mission made that little bit more challenging when his brother Chris Raven rocks into town for a few beers. Together the brothers find clarity of mind on the rapid approach to middle age, and pave the way for new adventures in the ongoing pursuit of staying alive.

'Wellness in Berlin' is the first story in the fifth book by the Raven Brothers 'Hike, Drive, Stayin' Alive!', 10 stories of adventure. Order your copy from Amazon or your favourite book retailer worldwide.

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Out of shape and unprepared, The Raven Brothers return to the road in a collection of ten quests to travel to their dream destinations against all odds! After two decades pioneering new routes across the globe, you would expect the authors of 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' to be hotshot explorers, with a sixth sense and an ability to survive in almost any situation. Think again! With virtually zero knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine and very limited skills of wilderness survival, Simon and Chris struggle into their hiking boots and power across three continents by river, tarmac and trail.

Venture to the top of Norway, cruise the road to Damascus, hike the Camino trail into Spain’s Wild West, row the Ganges, explore Frida Kahlo’s world in Mexico City, hangout with the dead in Sicily’s eerie catacombs, crawl deep inside Bolivia’s notorious silver mine, seek lions in Gujarat, wellness in Berlin and journey into the Naga Hills where tribal kings still rule.

Noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”, 'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' signals a return to the duo writing “buttock clenching” travel comedy with the first in a series of candid stories of adventure by The Raven Brothers.