day 43: sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia
Since Berlin is a big city and full of tourists there are many things that one can do even if you don’t speak the language. In fact you can even go to the cinema if you speak English since there is the CineStar Original in the Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz. Yesterday we went there to see the film The Debt. It’s a spy thriller told in two times, present time and in the 60’s when the mission took place which is the background of the present time story. The film was generally engaging and nicely filmed. There is a wonderful repetition of a scene: it is ever so slightly different the second time round and it is so nerve wrecking although one already seems to know what’s going to happen. I enjoyed the film a lot. However, I also think that the ending could have been a bit better if it hadn’t moved to moral high ground. Nevertheless I can fully recommend the film. Funny was also that for filming run-down 1960’s East Berlin they had to go to Budapest!
The Potsdamer Platz is a quite impressive spot by the way. Skyscrapers, some historical monuments and it also used to be Europe’s biggest building site after the wall came down. The wall was basically in the middle of the square and around the wall there was just nothing as long as the wall was still standing. They changed that after the reunification. A lot of places in Berlin don’t really look like the city is a European capital at all, but Potsdamer Platz is one of the exceptions. Generally there are still many very old buildings and most of the apartment buildings are not very high. It’s not like places in England that have narrow semidetached houses with 2 floors maximum, but the buildings are still not as tall as many buildings in San Sebastian for example. It does look like a city, but not like a European capital mostly. Potsdamer Platz however really looks urban and not even bad at that.
The non-smart-ass title for this picture is ‘brain freeze’ by the way!