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I wanted to get a newspaper today at my favorite KIOSK Akuna Matata at U-Bahnhof Eberswalder Straße… –

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… and realised that it’s gone!

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My God! What’s going on here??? BYEBYEAKUNAMATATA –

(I was thinking about changing my header. Now I won’t)

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Once again Markt in der Bibliothek is right in the center of attention. When I left my house this morning, it looked like a crime scene:

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P.S: shop is still closed. We would need it urgently since Vietnamese grocery store on Danziger Strasse (just around the corner) has turned into Vietnamese Restaurant number 15 000…

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Berlin’s famous for its sophisticated taggers and sprayers:

Jochen stinkt = Jochen stinks (on the door)

Das Fenster zur Welt = window to the world (next to the window)

domus (Latin!)= house  (very faint, between window and door)

even if it’s not exactly a house, ist it?

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Just a walk down the street, where the wall used to be 20 years ago.  In the window are 3 books to take away: “Alte Eisenwerke in Schlesien und Mähren”, a novel by Peter Härtling, and a book about historyp10102811On the path between the two walls of the former country is a broken picture:p1010287Wall … How long still?    Häh?

A man is talking to mee; if I am a free man, or a slave, and as I’m not fast enough to answer he tells me to be a slave.

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I ask him, what he thinks about himself; and proudly he answers, he’s a free man. Profession: Physics. Wow. I should have seen it.

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On my way back, I saw in the window, that the historical book and the novel of Peter Härtling were gone, but someone left some cake instead. I left the Eisenwerke, brought the cake home an had a good talk to my daughter while eating the cake.

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After “Markt in der Bibliothek” next Vietnamese grocery store on Danziger Strasse, just around the corner,  has closed down this week. It will be reopened in March as a Restaurant. I wish the Vietnamese owners all the best with their new business plans – and still don’t know where to go now if I’ve forgotten to get milk. There’s probably just one solution: disciplined shopping!

My theory is: closing down the shops around the corner is part of an educational program initiated by Bezirksamt Pankow to try to discipline chaotic Prenzlauer Berg’s inhabitants. One of these measures already failed: the new parking rules on Pappelallee, established in April 2008 caused even more chaos. See also post “Unser Dorf soll schöner werden II”

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Neulich beim Getränkehändler:

ER: Draußen is ja Katastrophe!

ICH: Wie meinen…

ER: Na Parkplätze!

ICH: Allerdings, alles dicht.

ER: Wird jetzt aber besser, wenn’s Finanzamt raus is.

ICH: Glauben Sie?

ER: Sicher wird das besser. Dann sind doch die Autos von den ganzen Mitarabeitern schon mal weg. Die hatten auch überhaupt keine Lust mehr, da zu arbeiten. Ganz schlechte Stimmung. Die haben Leute, die vierzig Jahre am gleichen Platz saßen, auseinandergesetzt.

ICH: Wieso das denn?

ER: Damit die nicht mehr schwatzen während der Arbeitszeit.

ICH (entrüstet): Unglaublich. (Pause) Was passiert denn jetzt mit dem Gebäude, wenn das Finanzamt raus ist?

ER: Na das wird ein Hospiz.

ICH (verblüfft): Ein Hospiz? Sind sie sicher?

ER: Naja klar, ein Hospiz. Aber mehr so für jüngere Leute, glaub ich.

ICH VERSUCHE MIR DAS FINANZAMT ALS STERBEHOSPIZ VORZUSTELLEN.

ER: Teuer wird das! Da müssen die erst mal richtig Geld rein stecken. Und so Hospize gib’s ja jetzt hier überall.

PAUSE

ICH: Meinen Sie Hostels?

ER: Ja genau, diese Hotels. Die sind ja jetzt überall.

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I’m back from Cuba, it’s autumn and while I was cruising around the island Germany and especially Berlin continued to change: Marcel Reich-Ranicki started a second career in the ad business, Jens-Holger Kirchner is now thinking about having Parking-Zones in Prenzlauer Berg (see also post “Unser Dorf soll schöner werden II“) , and the Vietnamese grocery-store guy (not the “Markt in der Bibliothek” one – the other one around the corner on Danziger Strasse) told me about his plans to close the store, go to Vietnam to learn how to cook and open a Vietnamese Restaurant at the same spot. So we will soon have about six Vietnamese, Thai and Corean Restauants in close neighbourhood, but nowhere to go to get milk.

P.S. “Markt in der Bibliothek” is still closed. But no worries: The owner is still thinking about what to do with his place. He told me, he wont rent it. He seems to be completely aware of the excellent adress he’s got.

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This is part 2 of PRENZLAUER BERGER’S report on what Prenzlauer Berg’s creative class is like. (Part 1 you find here). Here we go:

1. ALPAR FENDO (Zauberei und Bauchreden) is a magician and ventriloquist. This is his website. Look what he’s doing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIUPTjqk0Yw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYLfwtTWEe4

2. BERLINER TRAGEBERATUNG (Anna Schwindt und Lisa Sperling) shows young families the best techniques to carry around their children.

For more information on this subject click here.

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