November in Berlin!

B4Friedrichshagen – my home district. All pics by Franzi.

A weekend in Berlin is always tightly scheduled… Friday the PhD defence of my little bro was the main thing to celebrate. Saturday and Sunday I spent again with friends and family spread through the big city. There was sun and snow and fun and cheese cake and potato salad and lasagna! A wonderful time!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Have a unique one!

B5First came the autumn sun!

B3The new house-to-be by my pal Suse!

B2New York Cheese Cake in the coffee bar Loislane with my pal Vivien.

B1Then came snow!

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What I Think About When I Think About … BERLIN!

BerlinPic by Franzi.

Today I came back from the city I’m born in, the city I grew up: Berlin. I never really wrote about my feelings in regard to this city. The reason is simple: It’s an ambivalent topic for me. This feels somehow strange because everyone loves his or her hometown. And so do I: I’m raised in Köpenick and spent the biggest part of my childhood and adolescence in Friedrichshagen – a district in Berlin I love more than any other place in the world. Because that’s where I came from, because it’s where I feel save. But Berlin is more than this little piece of heaven in its eastern part.

Berlin for once is biiiig. If I call a friend and tell her that I will be on my way to meet her immediately… than two (!) hours later I will be there finally. In between the cool kids in the U-Bahn (tube) are behaving like I would be the tourist and Berlin belongs only to the hipsters. Thank god I am also a fan of totes – at least they didn’t realize that I am not on my way to hang out with other cool kids in Friedrichshain. Second, some places in Berlin really smell – dog poo, garbage, pee. The odour of a big city. Some places also don’t feel very safe. You get used to strange people, to poor people, to aggressive looking people. ….Those are the low sides.

But one thing is clear: I do love Berlin:

* It’s colorful mix of people, its tons of creative power: Where else do you find as many artists or entrepreneurs as in Berlin?

* Its cultural life! Every day offers new possibilities in Berlin: New exhibitions or fairs or parties, new interesting people to meet, new chances to develop new ideas.

* I do love Berlin for even more: For its architecture, its traffic system, its culture and also for its rough  and unique character…

I just don’t know if I would love to live there someday again. My family and friends are good arguments, but I’m still not ready to conquer this city every day. Maybe the day will come again. I guess there’s hope …and meanwhile I’m enjoying myself a while longer in my comfort zone, good old Osnabrück 🙂

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week. May it be an inspirational one!

Happy B-Day Isa! Have a great one in a great city with an even greater guy.

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Where I come from: Berlin – Friedrichshagen!

FriedrichshagenPic by Franzi.

The last week I spent (mostly) in Berlin. This reminded me of all the wonderful places of my childhood and my school years. I am born in Köpenick and grew up (mostly) in Friedrichshagen, a part of Köpenick located directly at the Müggelsee. This small piece of Berlin contains a lot of memories and is still a spot I am coming back regularly to visit friends, to eat the best pizza in the world, to go to the cinema or to just doing walks down memory lane. Thus, it’s time to reveal you the best places of Friedrichshagen. The places of where I come from…

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week with many hours at places you love!

Eat & Drink:

Mauna Kea… My meeting point with old pals and close friends. The place was formerly an antique store/ second-hand book store (I still remember those times!) and is now a comfy coffee shop … that still contains some of the old book shelves, filled with books!

Rabu… Back in my school days, this was the bar-to-be. It was also in the days of my “little” brother and as far as I know it will ever be.

Domaines… To get a table in this small French restaurant you should make a reservation! The cuisine is delicious/exquisite and the place is located at the end of the Bölschestraße with an incredible view on the Müggelsee. Funny story: In the old days, the place was the changing cubicle/lieu for the bathing guests at the Müggelsee. The dad of my pal Isa still knows the place as “Klohäuschen”/lieu from his childhood. His reaction to his first visit at the Domaines was, “I don’t eat in a Klohäuschen/lieu.” Luckily, he changed his opinion and was convinced that it’s now a wonderful place to dine.

Kiboko… An African restaurant. Here you should also make a reservation. This place does not only  offer strange and foreign dishes, but also its owner is making each visit an experience.

Tre Soli… My favorite Italian restaurant, …ever! You have to eat the pizza Tre Soli! And as appetizer a crab cocktail. Oh, and I looove their olives!

Experience:

Müggelsee… The biggest lake in Berlin. The lake of my childhood. I still recall my grandparents making walks with me in its surroundings. Or hot summer days in the Strandbad. Now I love to walk down the Bölschestraße on my home visits and to end up at the Müggelsee with the view in the picture above.

Bölschestraße & Spreetunnel… The “Kurfürstendamm of the East”. At least that’s what I hear about it from tourists. It’s the street I grew up on. The houses are mostly built up in the Wilhelminian style, which gives the street its certain character – despite a lot of rebuilding activities that were more than unfortunate during the last century. It’s a beautiful street with small stores, restaurants and the Christopherus church with its red stones in the center of it. Like I said: I love to stroll up the street, beginning at the S-Bahn station Friedrichshagen and ending at the Müggelsee. There you can also find the old Spreetunnel – a tunnel that brings you to the other bank of the Müggelsee. Oh, how many times I had to schlep my bicycle those stairs up and down to make a trip to the Müggelberge (a hill range around the Müggelsee that’s a nice nature experience).

Brauerei Berliner Bürgerbräu/Brewery… Until its closure in 2010 this was the oldest brewery in Berlin. In my childhood the smell of malt and yeast was the typical scent of Friedrichshagen. Those days are gone now, but the buildings are still there and telling the story of Friedrichshagen’s past and of factory architecture. They also include the Bräustübl, a restaurant.

Wasserwerk/Waterworks… The history of public water supply in Berlin since 1850 can be followed in the museum of the Wasserwerk Friedrichshagen. The red bricks of the waterworks are imprinted in my childhood memories.

Flea Market… at the S-Bahn station Friedrichshagen, at a parking area near the tram station 88. Every Sunday this small flea market offers everything a collectors heart is craving: Books, LPs, antiques, cutlery and more. I bought there once an old Art Nouveau picture that now hangs in my bed room in Osnabrück and remembers me on where I come from.

My old schools: Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule & Bölsche-Schule… Those are my very own nostalgic memories, but the schools are both worth a view since they have a long history. My mother went on both before me. The Bölsche-Schule was a Gymnasium when I joined it, but later it fused with the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule and I had to change schools. Back then, I was sad to leave my old building, the “Bölsche”. Nowadays, both schools are filled with beautiful memories of a past time.

Union… This cinema at the beginning of the Bölschestraße is one of my favorite spots to watch films. It’s old and comfy and familiar.

The old tram to Schöneiche… I don’t know how to describe this tram. I had to use it for several years, since my parents moved to Schöneiche and this tram brought me to school every day. It’s really an experience since it’s an old tram that is loud and antique and shaky. But surprisingly dependable. I strongly recommend a trip with it from Friedrichshagen via Schöneiche to Rüdersdorf!

Shop:

Löwenherz… A store full of pearls and unique jewelery. You can select the prettiest pearls and say that you wanna have a necklace made with them, or earrings (that’s what I always choose) or a bracelet and they will make it for you. I love to just browse around, looking for stunning pearl creations. This store is also a wonderful source for individual presents!

No9 Records… The record store of my teenage years. My pal Isa even worked there for some time. I didn’t visit it for quite a while now, but I  resolve to do this soon. Maybe together with Isa ;)?

P.S. Do you know the film “Haialarm am Müggelsee” (2013)? It’s German, it’s made from one of Friedrichshagen’s original characters and it’s a funny persiflage of a wonderful spot in Berlin! A must-see!

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