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Slightly over a month ago and after three months of unemployment, I moved from the great city of Liège, Belgium (a farewell thread is on the way) to another great city: the German capital, Berlin. Though I had visited it before, and already broadly knew the city, living here gives me the opportunity to explore it in detail, and share my discoveries with you here!

The order of this thread will be pretty random, I will basically post pictures shortly after I make them.

I will start with some pictures I took in the dsitrict of Wedding last Sunday (14/01). Wedding is a former borough (bezirk) that is now part of Mitte, the most central of Berlin's 12 current boroughs. It is the poorest area in Berlin, but also an area with a lot of things to discover.

Nineteenth century houses on Badstrasse:

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01 P2770087b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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02 P2760996c by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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03 P2770012b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

On the corner opposite the first picture, there is also quite a lot of interesting newer architecture in Berlin:

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04 P2770027b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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05 P2770098b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

6. Around the corner on Pankstrasse, the Wedding law court (amtsgericht). Pankstrasse is named after the river Panke, which flows behind the town hall. I will definitely devote a post to it and the rest of Wedding (not all of which is beautiful) in the future
06 P2770063c by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr


7. Now over the border in the neighbouring borough of Reinickendorf, I rent a room in the building on the left
07 P2770113b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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My trip to work

Many thanks for the comments Madonnagirl, Yansa, Jane and Christos, and also thanks for the many likes:)

I worked a late shift this week, which made it possible to make a few pictures on the way to work (with an early shift it's dark on both the way and way back in this time of year).

1. Starting around the corner from where I live
11 P2770532b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

2. Still around the corner, on Provinzstrasse, one the oldest streets in Reinickendorf
12 P2770572b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

3. Provinzstrasse on a sunny day
13 P2770141b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

4. Now in Wedding again, the corner of Seestrasse and Prinzenallee
14 P2770181b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

Prinzenallee:

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15 P2770227b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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16 P2770234b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

7. The Haus der Volksbildung (Folk High School) on Badstrasse
17 P2770247b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

8. Continuing past Gesundbrunnen station on Brunnenstrasse takes us through an area of modern apartment buildings in the zone that used to be just west of the Berlin wall
18 P2770307d by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

9. Some of them have one of Wedding's many 'Automaten Casinos' on the ground flour
19 P2770320b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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6. Around the corner on Pankstrasse, the former town hall (Rathaus) of Wedding.
Amtsgericht Wedding, no town hall.
 
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My trip to work, Part 2

Wow, many thanks for all the comments again, and thanks for the warm welcome to Germany:D (and I've changed it to law court, Saxonia)

Now a few of the interesting things I pass on the second part of my trip to work, in the central borough of Mitte:

1. The corner of Brunnenstrasse and Veteranenstrasse
P2770351b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

2. I also really like this modern building on Krausnickstrasse (which is very near the Berliner Dom)
P2770385b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

3. Still on Krausnickstrasse, the historic heart of Berlin has been restored in recent years. I hadn't really visited it before, and it somehow reminds me of some parts of Brussels
P2770403b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

4. Now on the other side of Alexanderplatz, crossing the Spree on Michaelbrücke, with Janowitzbrücke, Berliner Dom, town hall (Rotes Rathaus) and TV tower in the background
P2770470c by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

5. I work near Köpenickerstrasse, a rather interestingly messy street to which I will dedicate more posts in the future
P2770486b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr
 

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Sunday in Suburban Pankow, Part 1

At just a few hundred metres, the station nearest to where I live is Schönholz, on the lines S1, S25 and S26. The Berlin wall used to follow the the tracks on the other side, seperating Reinickendorf from the eastern borough of Pankow. The people in whose appartment I live told me that the whole neighbourhood (including a good friend of mine, who was too young to remember it) went to hack pieces of the wall when it fell in 1989.

I find this area especially interesting because, unlike much of the central part of what used to be east Berlin, there is still something slightly eastern European in the atmosphere there, which I find quite exotic so close to where I live!

1. This part of Pankow, which is called Rosenthal, is mostly made up of avenues (alleeen) lined with detached houses. The trees on this avenue, Kastanienallee, seem to be in danger of being cut down
201 P2770675b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

2. This is not actually a cemetary, but the atelier of a stonemason. You probably got the meaning of the gravestone on the left, and the one on the right reads 'here rest my debts', with the logo of the Berliner Sparkasse (bank) above
202 P2770699b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

3. This place still looks like the strangest cemetary I have ever seen
203 P2770703b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

4. Much of Rosenthal is middle class at the least, but there are also a few abandoned houses here and there
204 P2770838b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

5. While some streets are in a very bad condition
205 P2770737b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

6. The brightly coloured house and blue roof remind me of some places in eastern Europe
206 P2770774b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

7. From a christmas market to a very hidden corner of Pankow
207 P2770715b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

Stay tuned for part two..
 

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Sunday in Suburban Pankow, Part 2

Thanks for the comments Yansa and Why-Why:) And yes, I hope the trees can stay too, the street would look a lot less interesting without them...

8. As in many other parts of Berlin, there are a lot of Kleingartenkolonien (allotments) here, and I think some of these are inhabited
208 P2770830b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

9. An unpaved street on the way back home
209 P2770887b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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210 P2770911b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

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211 P2770949b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

12. Friedrich-Engels-Straße
212 P2780041b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

13. Angerweg
213 P2770999b by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

14. Now back near Schönholz station, the former Zambian embassy to the G.D.R. (the Kazakh embassy is still in the area as well)
214 P2770961c by Ruben Alexander, on Flickr

That's all for Pankow for now, but there's still a lot of interesting things for me to photograph in both its urban and suburban areas, so expect to see more in the future!
 
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