09 January 2012

Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mauerpark Flohmarkt- Lots of Pictures!

I have been walking more.  I live on Wienerstraße in Kreuzberg, about a 20 minute walk from Robert's house on Reuterstraße in Neukölln and a 10 to 15 minute walk along the canal to Kottbusser Tor.  Sometimes I get lost and end up in neighborhoods like Treptower Park.  But I end up seeing a lot of stuff!

On Friday night I met my tandem speaking partner, Simone at a kneipe on Ohlauerstaße called Sofabar.  I was able to speak in German for the better part of an hour!  This isn't fluency.  It sometimes takes about 5 to 10 minutes for me to get across a simple idea.  But I do it!  I don't give up.  I don't resort to English.  My progress is slow, but it is there! 
I will call Schokofabrik, a Frauenzentrum near my house tomorrow to inquire about a free German language course.  I hope to be able to have a superficial conversation about movies or music by the end of March. 

On Sunday, Robert and I went to the Mauerpark Flohmarkt.  We walked from his place in Neukölln to Kottbusser Tor, then took the train to Prenzlauerberg, walked around, ate french fries and then walked to Mitte.  That's about 4 hours of walking!  I took a lot of pictures, which I will share with you now!

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Aids Memorial- Schönberg, Berlin
Across from Görlitzer Banhof in Kreuzberg, A mobile cafe.

Stencil along canal in Kreuzberg/Neukölln

Window display at a Fahrschule (Driving school) in Neukölln.

Creepy window display at Kid's Clothing store, Kottbusser Tor

Robert and the mouth, Kottbusser Tor

Mauerpark Flohmarkt
Mauerpark Flohmarkt
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Pommes Frittes und Rotwein, Prenzlauerberg




Grafitti, Prenzlauerberg



This photo was taken only seconds before the photo below.  The flash was on and somehow distorted the image, making it appear as if through smoke.
Dock 11 on Kastanianalle in Prenzlauerberg a space for the arts with Fabrik (Factory) architecture.  A lot of the construction in Berlin is like this.  The facade on the street is a tall and impenetrable block with large double doors that, when opened, reveal a hallway with high ceilings and stairs going off to the right or left, a large, open air courtyard and with another building in back.
There are some Dance Studios, Artist Workspaces, and a Performance space at Dock 11.

Dock 11


Statue in Park between Prenzlauerberg and Mitte

Mitte

A Kneipe in Mitte I must check out.  The sign says (in English) "No Bex, no latte, no bullshit, and self-service, too."

Volksbühne, Mitte.  This is a popular Avant-Garde Theater in Berlin.

Kreuzberg has amazing murals and stencils EVERYWHERE.

Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg, note the giant astronaut just through the trees.

Kreuzberg

2 comments:

  1. wow, it's a big world out there. I am glad you have found a speaking partner!

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