Mustafa wins!

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If you are from Berlin – or went to Berlin and to Mustafas Gemüse Döner then you probably just laughed as much as I did. I think this perfectly sums up Berlin humour to me. And also shows a real riddle and phenomenon. Berlin has around half a trillion Döner kebap stores – and probably 99 percent of them do better döners than Mustafa. And at none of them you have to line up for an hour – but for some reason people seem to think Mustafa is the only Kebap store in the city. I do not get it.

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Hand Land

Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.

Politikerhände - Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Streetphoto by Stefan Klenke).

Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).

Streetphoto of a Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

h Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetart Hand on Rubbish Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Why do we always lose just one glove? – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of poster for the Lepra Lebt campaign - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Street Photo of a Sign Language Street Art on the back of a traffic sign (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Spot the Fake Waiting Dog!

Waiting dog in front of a bakery near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

The smell coming from the bakery was sooo delicious. Poor doggy, has to wait smelling that yumminess with a nose so sensitive – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Streetphoto of dog waiting in front of a Rossmann drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Poor waiting dog – He didn’t feel like smiling. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a shop near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Waiting is monkey business. Poor doggy. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a DM drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

This waiting dog needs some medicine against loneliness. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a soup shop near Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Well, by now you should have spotted the fake waiting dog. I was laughing when I spotted him sitting outside that soup place in Friedrichshain.

Fight the System!

Grafitti on a Berlin Neukölln house saying: “Our quarter - our streets“

Translation: Our quarter – our streets (Berlin, Neukölln) Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) - Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) – Photo: Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as: “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Fight the Capitslism!“ (Berlin, Treptow, Sonnenallee) - Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as “Fight the capitalism!“ – Photo by Stefan Klenke

I just heard on the news that the rents in Berlin increased by 70%(!!!)  in the last 10 years. The price is now around 10 Euro per square metre when it was just around 6 Euro a decade ago. The reason for this incredible rise according to the news was the increase in population. I was disgusted to hear this. I think the real reason is a system that supports greed and profiting on the needs of human beings. The system allowed house owners to raise and raise the rents without a healthy limit.

 New Berliners who moved from other cities and countries where they already were used too expensive rents willingly accepted to pay those “still relatively cheap“ Berlin rents while the less fortunate poorer Berliners were pushed out of the city centres to the cheaper borders. 

In a popular city  like Berlin there will always be people who would still be able to pay for way too expensive rents. But still the problem is the system who failed to build cheap social housing and instead decided to cash in and build luxury expensive apartments for renting or buying and did not introduce an effective rent cap – and created another gentrificated unfair unequal city. This system is called Capitalism.

So grey – so colourful

Streetart and advertising posters at trainstation Berlin Neukölln by Stefan Klenke

Berlin Neukölln – Colours like no other.

It’s a really grey and boring looking day today that’s why I was happy to see this colourful mix of street art and advertising posters at S-train station Neukölln this morning. Happy Friday, everyone!!! 😍😊

Fixed it! 

Plastic bag repairment of leaking Deutsche Bahn fire hydrant

German efficiency

I loved how the gigantic billion Euro heavy Deutsche Bahn corporation fixed a leaking fire hydrant. Why spending hundreds when a 10 cent plastic supermarket bag will do the job. It’s also one of the trillions of bags less polluting the planet. We have a clear win-win situation here, friends. Well done Deutsche Bahn. #deutschebahn #respect