It’s getting colder outside, and while most of us prepare for winter by consuming ginger tea and snapping pictures of the last rays of sunlight, for some people this upcoming time of the year is more than just a nuisance but a life threat. Stil in Berlin is all about the good things in life and our city, but we needn’t forget that many are not that lucky. So let’s start sharing:
Archive: October 2013
A postcard hangs over Florian’s bed and it reads: Fat kids are harder to kidnap. Florian is a fat kid. I use the word fat because, to quote Beth Ditto, “overweight” would imply that there is such a thing as normal weight. Both the funny postcard and Ditto’s quote are empowering messages that fat kids like Florian need since they are constantly reminded by others that what they are is not normal. The fact that Florian is about to come out as gay doesn’t make things easier and when his fat dad tells him that he wasn’t as fat as a kid, Ditto comes to mind again: “It’s a cruel, cruel world to face on your own.” Luckily, Florian has a best friend and ally who shares the soundtrack of his life…
In case of interior design, trends might not come and go as fast as in the fashion world, but they definitely run the business – So Parkhaus, the beautiful interior store in one of Mitte’s prettiest streets, is accepting the change of style as a perk.
Once I discovered Mankii last week, I felt the vintage hunting spirit alive in me again and decided to visit another fairly new spot just around the corner: Townes.
You know this feeling, when the days get shorter, the temperatures sink and the rain gets heavier, and you’ve had a crazy day at work and feel that certain Berlin winter depression slowly lurking for you. And then you know what’s helping: a heart-warming Japanese noodle soup from Mitte’s best Ramen place: Cocolo. Just once you arrive you’ll realize, that you’ll have to get in line to get a seat. The tiny place at Gipsstraße 3 is usually crowded minutes after opening at 6pm and people line the street despite temperatures being well below zero. And then you worry how much your mood will drop while waiting and how many soups you’ll need to have to push it to a bearable level. But Berliners, fret no more! Cocolo Ramen opened a second location during the summer in Kreuzberg, which is not only remarkably bigger but also offers lunch. Winter is saved.