Saturday, 23 March 2013
you have to walk a few minutes from the u-bahn to get to markthalle neun, and then watch out for the entrance, set flush into the flight facades on eisenbahnstrasse, but you will find fresh flowers, organic greens, eggs, and preserves, fresh fish and meat, great tea and coffee, home-made cake – much to while away a friday or saturday morning or afternoon, when the market is open.
there are special events like naschmarkt, hosted by slow food berlin. that the market itself was revived from its rather desolate state to a small but buzzing community, makes it even more special.
i can wholeheartedly recommend the open smoked salmon sandwich with a glass of dry white wine for lunch, but there's also pulled pork (on a platter, or a sandwich), if you can bear being ignored until 12.00 pm when they officially open (signs are not very obvious), then being served with a fair share of grumpiness. you wonder why the concept of an open face, and a friendly smile seems so alien to many berliners (and new berliners alike).
commendable: the small stall of the biodynamic farm in weggun. they sell eggs, berries in summer, and preserves. at certain times of the year, they sell organic meat, which you can pre-order at their stall. read more, also about their 'adopt a hen' programme, here.
markthalle IX, eisenbahnstrasse 42/43, 10997 berlin (kreuzberg). market days: friday and saturday, 10-18.00 h. closest u-bahn stops 'goerlitzer bahnhof' or 'schlesisches tor' (both on the u1).
Sunday, 26 August 2012
prinzessinnengarten needs your voice: one of berlin's biggest and most colourful urban gardening projects is looking at having its lease terminated and being replaced by yet another commercial development. despite being widely written about (on a host of blogs, in the national and international press, see the new york times), the plot is being put up for sale by the berlin senate administration. yet another example of the glaring gap between official policy and actual political decision-making. by signing the petition on change.org, you can support the call for an extended lease, and quite simply make your voice heard.
it's the first time i'm being political on this blog, but i sincerely believe that our cities around the world need more community projects and active green, and less commercial developments.
have a great weekend, everyone, and embrace the green in your neighbourhood!
(all pictures taken at prinzessinnengarten earlier this summer.)
Sunday, 29 July 2012
how about a full english breakfast? some scones and a pot of tea? some home-made lemonade? a savoury lunch? hudson's is a place that instantly makes you feel at home. highly recommended. check out their website for opening times, news and specials.
while in the neighbourhood, visit the market on maybachufer (tues, fri, sat) or pick a good read at dialogue books just down the street.
hudson's, boppstrasse 1, 10967 berlin (kreuzberg).
Thursday, 15 March 2012
quite recently, i had the good fortune of taking portraits of my friend gabriele, an artist and qualified qigong teacher. she was practising qigong when i took the pictures - there is such a quietness and beauty, such a flow to these ancient movements.
a one-day workshop with gabriele is likely coming up at the end of the month (31st march), take a look at her blog for more details, which should be up soon. the beautiful room with wooden floors where she's teaching is close to schönhauser allee station (s-bahn, u-bahn and tram). her classes are generally held in german, but by all means, do contact her via her blog if you have any questions.
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the qigong workshop will be taking place on 31st march, and address the symptoms of hayfever: how to prevent, and/or support treatments of hayever symptons with excercises and acupressure. the workshop will be held in german. more info here.
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a berlin blog of the more personal sort.
if you are looking for a personal take on germany's buzzing capital, you are just about right here. i've been living in berlin for over ten years now and will update this site with anything i happen to come across, have liked for a long time or just feel like sharing with you. hope you enjoy!
take a look at the links posted below for more comprehensive overviews or useful info on berlin.
also take a look at my other blog no penny for them.