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Apathy .. June 26, 2007

Posted by stagedive in Idle Thoughts.
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TrabiApathy is so close in phonetics to Anarchy and Energy that I often find myself getting them all confused .. I have however been less than energetic in updates ..

My most exciting piece of news is that I am now a ‘Property Magnate’, although that should really warrant all lower case.

We had an offer accepted on an apartment in Berlin yesterday 🙂 Oh happy days .. It is affectionately known as the Glass Palace, the previous tennant being a glazier that liked to dabble with the trade in his spare time also. It is a neat One bedroom place with all things functioning and only surface stuff to fix up, which in itself is great, but most of the surface stuff is incredibly ornate mirrors – everywhere.

It’s great though and although it is at the moment only for investment purposes, I can picture myself on the balcony now, bottle of cheap Aldi Wine and a copy of Berliner Morgenpost whilst the afternoon sun drops over Alexanderplatz in the distance .. ahhhh …

We spent the weekend visiting my Sister and her Boyfriend in Berlin, it was really nice, I get on really well with both of them and feel sad to leave each time. I think you appreciate relatives more the older you get.

We did some sight seeing, T endulged me on the a trip round East Berlin driving a Trabant 601!! It was amazing. She was hoping it would put an end to my desire to buy one, but if anything I know just want one all the more. It was great to drive, pretty smooth for a car 20 years old and thrashed by Tourists. The windscreen wipers made the most humourous effort to clear the rain but nothing could stop the perma grin on my face .. We followed that with a trip to KaDeWe and briefly watched the Gay Pride parade which was pretty impressive ..

We also paid a visit to same resturant and club combo from my last trip there, Zapata and Vicola, which translates to a hip former squat come music venue and a vibrant Tapas Bar under the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn Station .. both really great and a fantastic way to enjoy the city. I love the fact they due to the previous divisions, there are multiple City Centres, and due to that geographical split, the pressure is on each area to retain a buzz – and the all seem to cope with that tension ..

We went house hunting, unsuccesfully at first due to shifty sales types in sharp suits, and also did leisurely Sunday breakfast and flea market bargain hunting. Plus a trip to the Berlin Wall Museum at Bernauer St, largely for T’s benefit, but we also visited the Church of the Reconciliation which is something i have wanted to see for a while – it was the church that happened to be ‘in’ the death strip when they built the wall that was blown up in 1985. It’s a pretty moving building to stand in now that it has been rebuilt..

I have nothing else to add ..

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1. Donna - June 27, 2007

Congrats on the purchase – I was hoping you were going to say it was going to be available to friends and family for short breaks!

I’m still chuckling at the mental image of you driving, grinning, in the rain in said Trabant – you are indeed a curious fellow 😉


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