Away From Tourist Areas
“Today, I want to get out of this tourist trap, Stadtmitte, where we see tourists everywhere. I want to see other parts of Berlin and see how the local live.” I clearly gave out my needs for today.
JJ might think that I started it again. I remembered he asked me sometimes if I forgot to take medicine or not 😀
In fact, I woke up quite early that morning and thought about why I wanted to travel, what I should have in my photos. Then, it was Dad who gave me answers. If it was him, he would want to see how’s the city like. The city as it is, not just those sightseeing spots. A question is how I can tell that in my pictures to people who are not there with me.
I read information about an area called Prenzlauer Berg, located in the northeast of Stadtmitte. As soon as we got off the train, we could tell that this was where we could find the local. On the train, there were lots of young who on the way to picnic, somes had a bicycle with them. “This is it. This is it. I’m out of Stadtmitte and those tourist traps.”
This area has experienced migration within a population called gentrification. In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases.
We didn’t know that lots of places, restaurants, shops, even KaDeWe closed on Sunday in Berlin. The streets that we passed must be busy other days other time.
Then, we took S train to see around Berlin (U=underground, which runs through the city. S=train which is more suitable if you want to get around Berlin). We stopped in one station to see East Side Gallery on Mühlenstraße. It says that it’s a collection of artwork of artists around the world to paint on the Berlin Wall. To me, it looks like an area I will avoid after dark.