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SPOTTED IN PASSING: MAY BOYS, MAY GIRLS

In a borough where almost 25% of residents are immigrants and who knows how many more come from all possible ends and corners of the republic, you are bound to encounter a … Continue reading

May 3, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: NEW LAND

Despite my apparent “total, utter and complete” Kreuzbergophilia, I do venture out of SW61/SO36 to enjoy the beauty of many other corners of the city, too. And although the air … Continue reading

Feb 16, 2014

IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS: THE BATTLE OF OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

FREESTYLE “FAUST” OR THEATRESPORT IN KREUZBERG

Ah, the theatre! I have always loved it – as long as I didn´t have to go there. It is the same sad story as with concerts. Theatre is bad … Continue reading

Jan 9, 2012

SALON DER DAME OR TOO LATE, TOO LATE?

When I was a little girl, before I went to school and actually mastered the art of writing I was absolutely convinced that there was no way I could learn … Continue reading

Dec 30, 2011 · 4 Comments

BIRDIE, BIRDIE OR A WINDY DAY ON TOP OF KREUZBERG

A week before Christmas I went to Viktoria Park. I parked my bike at the bottom of the hill, looked up, thought twice and started climbing. Re-thinking my plan was … Continue reading

Dec 30, 2011

NOTMSPARKER´S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: CHRISTMAS DAY OR FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

I have been saving this song for those past five days although in fact it was my true inspiration for starting the countdown in the first place. There are electrozillions … Continue reading

Dec 24, 2011

RICE UP, YER PEOPLE OF KREUZBERG! or SUSHI AT U-BAHNHOF SCHÖNLEINSTRASSE

(Let me start with a little correction here: not sushi, but onigiri. The difference, Wikipedia tells me, being in rice: sushi is prepared using vinegared rice whilst onigiri requires just … Continue reading

Dec 16, 2011

MUSTAFA GETS HIP or BACK TO MEHRINGDÜRÜM

Already in July I was absolutely smitten with the creative powers of Muschi Kreuzberg – the ad agency who are behind one of the best commercial internet pages I have … Continue reading

Dec 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

LITTLE PEOPLE´S BIG DAY

Today, on December 1st, the twins are celebrating their birthday and I am celebrating along: today I am the mother of two freshly-baked wonderful, charming and very, very lively two-year-olds … Continue reading

Dec 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

… is more people placing funny and semi-philosophical messages on the windshields of their (preferably vintage Citroen or Mercedes) cars. Like here in Naunynstrasse last week.

Dec 1, 2011

COME WITH THE WIND

I assume most of you missed the last night Plushgun concert at Comet Club. That´s all right ´cos I did, too. And my regret at this loss I can very … Continue reading

Nov 29, 2011

THE HEART OF BERLIN IS IN KREUZBERG

I don´t know where you have been today, but I managed to get into the very thick of it – when cycling around and looking for places which are no … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2011 · 4 Comments

ALMOST 82 MILLION + ONE

As of today, October 31st, 2011 the Republic of Deutschland has a new citizen: me. At 10 AM I was handed my Einbürgerungsürkunde or naturalization papers – only one copy … Continue reading

Oct 31, 2011 · 8 Comments

THE LADY BIDS FAREWELL

Neither the long journey through the bumpy roads of history nor her, pardon my uncouth way, advanced age could possibly make her less mysterious or any less appealing. At her … Continue reading

Oct 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

I´m Throwing My Arms Around Kreuzberg

It is as predicted lately: wet and cold. Autumn has reached Kreuzberg declaring a meteorological Blitzkrieg. All of a sudden neither Hasenheide nor Viktoriapark nor Landwehrkanal look inviting But even … Continue reading

Oct 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

IT WASN´T ME, OFFICER

Do you have a car? Is it comfortably sized? Does it catch the eye of the the passers-by and send subliminal messages to the effect of: “Yes, we have been … Continue reading

Sep 1, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CHANCE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DEAD

Today in the morning at Bergmannstrasse Cemetary, where I went to add extra three years to my own tombstone one day, I suddenly noticed a very familiar name. Wilhelm Riehmer, … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

HANDMAID´S TALE RETURNS: MAID IN ENGLAND

If there exists a German film or TV series depicting the life of servants and their employers in, say, Kaiser´s Reich, then I still have to find it. It just … Continue reading

Aug 15, 2011

WILLY SAYS IT

One of my favourite Berlin blogs, B LIKE BERLIN, published the following quotation from Willy Brandt today: Diese Scheißer schicken nun wenigstens Patrouillen an die Sektorengrenze, damit die Berliner nicht … Continue reading

Aug 13, 2011

HANDMAID´S TALE OR GO TO SLEEP LITTLE GIRL

Since we moved in some three years ago I have been praising our flat for numerous things: generous size; not too dark, not too bright; with ceilings I am not … Continue reading

Aug 10, 2011 · 4 Comments

ELECTIONS IN KREUZBERG: VOTE MERMAIDS

Since the day is nigh when all those invited by the electoral office for the House of Deputies Elections 2011 (Abgeordnetenhaus Wahl) will be asked to cast their vote, the … Continue reading

Aug 9, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HOW TO DISCOURAGE THEFT

To my “dear” thieves: If you steal more of flower shoots You´ll feel on your butts my boots!

Aug 1, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BLISS AND APPRECIATION IN HASENHEIDE

Every cloud has a silver lining, every public loo its grateful visitors.

Aug 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

Spotted in Passing: Nostalgie in Nostizstrasse

Jul 13, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Road To Coincidence – Fontanepromenade 15

What a wonderful thing a coincidence is. All of your planning and anticipating and prediciting might go to hell if the circumstances are not right. Something I had been trying … Continue reading

Jun 22, 2011 · 3 Comments

What you don´t see when you don´t look

  I have no idea how many times walked up and down Lilienthalstrasse, past the Catholic church of St. Joseph and the silent beauty of the cemetery next door. In … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2011

I want to ride my bicycle or do I?

It comes as no surprise that cycling is kind of big in Berlin. The Netherlands can feel its beer-and-currywürst breath well on their neck. But which part of the city … Continue reading

Apr 5, 2011 · 2 Comments

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