The shifting image of Berlin

Quick flashback. We had visited Berlin for the first time in 2002. Potsdamer Platz was in the making, and the Bundestag’s glass cupola was the absolute icon of that trip.

Lehrter Bahnhof, Regierungsviertel were just big sandy building sites, a big question mark was hovering above the copper-coloured Palast der Republik.

On the other hand the image of Berlin we were now forging in our minds, reading property ads, had very little to do with the Berlin we had fell in love with in 2002, all Friedrichstrasse/Potsdamer/Sony Center/Renzo Piano/Richard Rogers/Libeskind/shimmering glass/steel frames/daring cranes.

Leafy quarters, cobbled streets, bycicles, the urban village quality of life, a good local doner, this is what we were looking for. Not a fascinating one-night-stand with the city. Rather a sort of stable relationship.

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