52 Geschichten #20: My garden, my neighbourhood

My third summer in Berlin - in Oberschöneweide to be exact - and I hope there will be many more to come. No, it's not easy to arrive in a metropolis like Berlin from scratch and have to find yourself anew. But this city and especially "my" district have been kind to me. Although no one rang my doorbell and said, "Hey! Glad you're finally here!" Nah, that's just not how it went and still doesn't go. It was and is a give and take; so I moved myself and after a few weeks I wandered "over the...

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52 Stories: #18 Green, Greener, Grünau

Sabine tells me that she moved with her boyfriend from Charlottenburg to Grünau last year. She likes to ride her bike in the district. She thinks that there are many green areas here, so sometimes she doesn't even notice that she is in the city. She tells me her favorite places. Bammelecke and Tuschkastensiedlung. At the Bammelecke you can have a nice swim, and the Tuschkastensiedlung is very colorful and has been even included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. She is happy that there are...

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52 Stories: #19 The Most Important of the Less Important Things in the World

Torben is crazy about football, he describes himself as a native Berliner and a Union fan from the very beginning. When asked what his favourite place in the district is, he just says: "The Alte Fösterei, of course!" He tells me how happy he is that with Union Berlin, a "real" East German club is finally playing in the Bundesliga again. In the summer, Torben spends a lot of time at Müggelsee, which is like being on holiday, he tells me. Finally, he bids me farewell with the well-known battle...

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52 Stories: #17 Ralph's first Kebab

I met Ralph, he tells me that he has lived in Köpenick since 1983. He thinks he is lucky, because he still has an old contract for his flat but many of his friends have already moved  away. "In the past there was more cohesion", he tells me, "today we don't know each other anymore", that's a pity for Ralph. When the Berlin Wall fell, Ralph cried with joy. He can still remember exactly how he went to the West for the first time and ate his first kebab. His favorite place in the district is...

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