WestBerlin Charm

One of the biggest regrets: not to have been in Berlin before 1989. So the difference between Ost und West is kind of indirect for us, it comes more from the words of friends who lived in the DDR, from litterature and movies.

So what about the West? when we first visited the town, it was pieced together again, albeit with lots of very visible scars and stitches.

The Bayerisches Viertel was the first image we had of West Berlin. We arrived at Astrid’s B&B and we liked the totally unexpected leafy, no-fuss, and admittedly not very “groovy and exciting” neighbourhood. A relaxing Nepalese restaurant, a good spicy Doner, nice streets full of small gardens, Edeka-Frauen doing their shopping at the local Aldi. We parked our nail-polish red Alfa Romeo and never touched it again for one week – what a nice feeling! Well, that was the time when we still had “a car”. Now we’re transportation vegetarians.


Edeka-Frauen (artist: Kristina Fiand; gallery: Wagner+Marks)

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