December 31, 2016 §
I’m at the point in my life now where every time I drink, my bottom bleeds; and there is not much sexy about that. My connection to Vienna Westbahnhof is strong—it is where trains from Western Europe arrive (even if I am no longer coming by train). My connection to Berlin Zoo is strong, it is where trains from Western Europe always used to come to. My connection to Munich Hauptbahnhof is very strong. My connection to Brussels Gare du Midi is very strong. I feel something close to love for these 4 railway stations. Berlin Zoo has been downgraded because of the new Central Railway Station, but I will never desert her. The Central Railway Station is in the middle of a wasteland. The new Vienna Central Railway Station under construction is in the middle of a wasteland.
December 8, 2016 §
I think the hotel has been a success. Its proximity to Berlin Zoo is so handy. The Irish Pub is also within easy walking distance. I cannot approach the Europa Centre without superimposing a picture of the Romanisches Café on top of it. Everywhere I go in Berlin I try to picture how it would have looked before the war, but the Romanisches Café is the one I miss the most. Next to the Irish Pub is Bavarium, a Bavarian restaurant in Berlin. Just over the road is Chez Michelle in Marburger Straße and Ciro in Rankestraße, or there is an M46 bus stop to take you down to the pleasure pots of Martin-Luther-Straße. I indulged so excessively on Monday night that I could do nothing on Tuesday. I made the mistake of drinking a couple of pints in the Irish Pub at midday and another in Bavarium so by the time evening came I was already so tired. I tried to force myself to go out and spark some life into myself but in the end I turned around and came home, and was in bed before 10PM. Today I have stayed sober all day, hoping to put myself in the mood for it tonight. We shall see. I don’t feel like it, still.
October 14, 2016 §
When I stepped on the S Bahn train at Berlin Central Station, there was a guitarist and a violinist on there playing Putting on the Ritz. The Central Station is absolutely stunning, it takes the breath away every time you see it; it is one of the wonders of Europe. How Chartres Cathedral might once have taken medieval breaths away, so does the Hauptbahnhof now. However, it has destroyed Berlin Zoo Station. The Terrassen Am Zoo restaurant has closed, and unbelievably, so has Thobens Bakery opposite. I am lost without those Thoben ham & egg rolls that have sustained me during so many Berlin visits.