Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
marypcb

ostalgie

Many years ago tanais and I took a trip to Berlin; we went to the zoo and it snowed, we crossed the wall at checkpoint charlie and trudged for miles down Alexanderplatz without finding anywhere to spend the money we'd had to change and came out again through Friedrichstrasse station. The hotel I'm staying at is just around the corner and a million miles away.

Alexanderplatz is Unter den Linden again. There'a a pink and orange spotted grinning slug graffitied on a wall, a yellow banana stencilled on another and lots of restaurants, renovations and building projects. My room has an excellent view of the river - and the building site stretching along the bank from the station - and the Reichstag dome beyond it. Just round the corner is a platz stretching out towards the TV tower. It's all clean and cheerful and utterly different.
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