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Ich bin ein Berliner

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After two attempts at Bürgeramt I am as of this morning a registered citizen of Berlin. I’m not sure if it means anything else than a go-ahead to press onwards towards a Finanzamt tax number and a Berliner Sparkasse bank account. Though right now I’m unsure of how these two missions can be successfully completed, since Finanzamt says I need a bank account for my tax registration and Sparkasse says I need a tax number before opening a bank account…

Registering your address at Bürgeramt should be quite easy. To avoid the potentially long queues you can make an appointment via the Bürgeramt webpage, which I did. My appointment was for yesterday, half past one, and after some initial language difficulty I was shown to an administrator who spoke English, and the whole thing was over in about 12 minutes. However, when I later took a closer look at my confirmed registration the address I had gotten registered at wasn’t my own but my landlords. So this morning I went back to Bürgeramt to get my registration corrected, and although I was there precisely when they opened, 21 people were already in line before me. And it was a actual line. A queue to an office where you state your business and get your waiting number (basically a queue before waiting some more). I managed to (in German, very proud about that) state my business and since it was regarding an error I was moved to the top of the queue. This made one guy freak out (a bit too early for a freak out I think, since the office had only been open for ten minutes), but I managed to explain (again in German(or some sort of German)) that I had already been there the day before and that my registration needed to be corrected. After which he apologized. When I think about it, maybe his unwillingness to spend an extra second at Bürgeramt was kind of understandable. The whole atmosphere there is boring (to me fascinatingly boring, but then I’ve only been there two times and never really had to wait for any substantial amount of time). Bürgeramt is the perfect stereotype of a grey or beige municipal bureaucratic institution. They have chairs. And rooms. And walls. And photocopied papers. There is also a rumor that in an office somewhere there are still GDR flags, but sadly I saw none. They do however also have stamps, which I really liked, and my registration paper got two of them. One with the bear, which certainly should be the best one.

The pictures above were taken last week when there was sun. This week there is none.

It’s apparently mid-November…

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… but a lot of the time it still feels like late September to me. It’s a bit confusing.

Sunday in Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Yesterday we took a walk from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg and Markthalle IX to check out the Handmade Market that appears there every first Sunday of the month. The market was quite good with both really nice and some not so nice things. The rave-futuristic-hippie-style clothing and jewelry that for some reason never seems to have actually left Berlin since it originated sometime in the early nineties was perhaps not the most exciting things for me to look at. But there were of course other things. Like white porcelain cups and lidded jars with a geometric texture on the outside, and thick round brooches with a geometric pattern printed (?) on. The brooches were also made from porcelain. At least it looked like porcelain to my somewhat untrained eyes. The conclusion is obviously that porcelain and geometry is a match made in heaven. Lesson learned.
At the market was also some nice prints.

Wanting to try a vegetarian burger place close to one end of Görlitzer Park, but realizing we were still too full from our breakfast pancakes, we took a little detour on our way there and ended up at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien where we saw a small art exhibition. The Kunstraum is in an old hospital where there is also a print workshop I intend to use when the screen printing part of the workshop is open for booking again. The ground floor corridors of the building reminded me of a slightly cleaner version of the school I in Prague where I did my exchange semester a few years ago.

On our way back home we passed the Motto bookstore. The minute I feel I have some extra money to spend, this is where I’ll go to spend them. They have an unbelievable amount of books I want to read, look at and touch.

Notebooks

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I made some notebooks for myself out of the patterned paper I got from the marbling experiment I did a while back.

The perfect lamp

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This is what it looks like.