Das ist Berlin

Berlin is the familiar, now, and no matter when it makes itself a place in my summer holiday, it is a welcome thing. For me, the beaches of Naxos and Corfu have their appeal, but I would leave them in a second to be back in Berlin. And here I am.

Berlin, July 2017

I’ve spent about two months in Berlin over the last several years, and every visit is as good as or better than the last. I’ve stayed n Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, and now Friedrichschain. When I tell people about the neighborhoods – I’m a half-decent tour guide for the first-timers at the hostels – I explain that Mitte is the business-casual neighborhood, full of young and middle-aged workers in the city. Prenzlauer Berg is for the yuppies (my people) – farmers’ markets and bookshops are mainstays. (Berliners reasonably resent the gentrification that’s transformed that bleak place into a yoga-and-latte paradise, but it’s quite nice for a visitor.) Kreuzberg is a safe but ultra-hip neighborhood dominated by late-night beer shops, graffiti, and live music. Friedrichshain is a work in progress, I think. Lots of restaurants and cafes, sure, but still home to living-room-like bars clouded with puffs of smoke, casinos, and less in the way of nightlife than Kreuzberg or more centrally located neighborhoods. But I’m at home when I am here. 

Even with Tegel. I have always disliked Tegel Airport because it’s not connected to the city by train – only by bus and then perhaps by train (depending on where you are headed). This visit, however, I went from gate to bus to S-Bahn to Frankfurter Allee inside an hour. I suppose I only dislike Tegel for departures – it has outgrown its ancient infrastructure by leagues. But I’m coming at least to know it. 

It’s time again – Check out the main page for 2017 for all of my year’s travel posts!

Berlin, July 2017

About Steve Capone

Interested in Domestic and Foreign Policy, Ethics, and Political Thought. Part-time adjunct instructor of Philosophy and full-time Middle School educator. Europhile, historiophile, & bibliophile. @CaponeTeaches on Twitter M.S. Philosophy (Univ. of Utah 2013) M.A. Humanities (Univ. of Chicago 2007) B.A. Philosophy & English (Washington & Jefferson College 2006
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