I’m at the point in my life now where every time I drink my bottom bleeds

December 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

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.
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Look at how Potsdamer Platz looked in the 1920s and then look at the slick soulless way it looks now. It is so sad

December 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Look at how Potsdamer Platz looked in the 1920s and then look at the slick, soulless way it looks now. It is so sad. ‘No other city square in the world has undergone as many transformations as Potsdamer Platz; from a lush green to the pulsing heart of a vibrant city, from the height of luxury to a field of rubble, from a no-man’s land to the new centre of Berlin. Nowhere else have joy and sorrow been so closely intertwined.’ It is incredible, my hands are still shaking.

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I think the hotel has been a success. Its proximity to Berlin Zoo is so handy

December 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

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.

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

October 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

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.

I stay at the Plaza Hotel when in Berlin—mainly because of its absolutely gorgeous bar

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

I stay at the Plaza Hotel when in Berlin—mainly because of its absolutely gorgeous bar, all mahogany and brass. The beer is cold and the food is good. I used to stay at the Kanthotel in Kantstraße to be close to the brothels of Stuttgarter Platz but they had no proper bar, and the minibar beer, Jever, was execrable. So I found the Plaza. They really should let trains from Western Europe stop at Berlin Zoo, instead of forcing us to go on to the new Central Station, as spectacular as it is. It seems an act of spite. Berlin Zoo has been relegated to a deadwater now. I always follow my instincts. —– was the most important thing in my life, I burned for her every second of the day and night, so I pursued her and pursued her till I got her. Travelling is something I think about all the time so I have started doing it again. I don’t want to live alone again, in a little nest. That was so cold and lonely. Waking up every morning alone. Travelling is great for crystallising one’s thoughts.

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