Living with the Prof has advantages, like a huge library of academic reading which - one day – I’ll take advantage of. Unfortunately he loves cooking with lemongrass. Whenever he cooks a dinner I have to say, ‘Sorry Prof, I just had a really big…’
‘But there’s no food in the fridge.’
‘Yeh, It was huge.’
Memorial in front of the Jewish cemetery on Grosse Hamburger StrassePart of the ironically intact Jewish quarter, Sophienstrasse was settled in at the end of the 17th century. 1743 saw the arrival in Berlin of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, now buried around the corner on Grosse Hamburger Strasse, who paved the way for Jewish emancipation.
Small brass tiles are scattered around the pavement in memory of the lives, families and friendships that existed here before they were all annihilated. The 19th century houses were restored during the GDR as a tourist attraction.
The baroque Sophienkirche, the only church in Mitte to survive WWII, whose bells are banging away as I write this actually. I don’t mean to be blasphemous but God wouldn’t want to wake me up on the hour every night I leave the window open to let me know what the bloody time it is. Stop the bells!
It’s a pretty nice community in the building. The other day, one neighbour, who’s studying film, took me to a preview of her classmate’s film about her divorce which was really sweet; a melancholy slice of her life, recording her thoughts and how she looked in a time that’ll never return. The cutest part was at the end, the credits said A FILM BY… and it showed her hyphened, married name, then the letters were deleted back to her maiden name. Another neighbour told me that we don’t have much time left here. The reason ordinary people like us can live in such a nice area is because it’s the last dingy building left, that’ll soon be knocked down to make room for nicer, more expensive apartments.
There’s a lot of graffiti by the ‘xoxo’ guy (here’s one on our front door people are always taking photos of, blocking the entrance). His inspiration seems to be a mix between Banksy and fashion magazines.