On Saturday Adam and Bart travelled outside of Berlin to visit Szczecin, in Poland, Bart’s home town. The purpose was recreational but whilst there we also explored key areas of the city. Parallels between this place and Berlin were particularly obvious in architecture and the city’s layout. Which is explained by Germany’s control of Szczecin between 1870 and 1945. The experience of Polish culture, in a place comparably and strongly tied with Germany, has provided depth and knowledge to our time spent in Berlin.
Today the students visited the Mauerpark flea market, located on Bernauer Strasse.
The market is home to an eclectic selection of stalls where you can buy everything from bike parts and badges, 1950s cutlery sets and faded jigsaws, new and vintage clothes, DDR memorabilia, cats on strings, banana telephones and record players, bibles, watering cans and vinyl.
As the smell of malt wine lingers in the breeze, the ice sheets formed on the pathway presented the only challenge of the day.
Leaving the gates of Mauerpark for the train station presented new opportunities to capture the aesthetics of the district. Once there, amongst the relaxed ambiance of the commuter hub, the train doors opened to the sounds of Berlin.
Field recording: [audio http://vocaroo.com/i/s0JqhTX1UkJO]
Images: Karl Child, Joshua Payne
Words & Audio: James Whitehead