one day at a time

day 64: childhood

childhood  © Verena Fischer 2011

childhood © Verena Fischer 2011

Yesterday I managed to get a better picture of how the streets actually fit together in my neighbourhood. Maybe I have to clarify: My sense of orientation works in some way like in those strategy games. In those games you at first have only this blob of known area surrounded by total darkness. When you explore you see more things on your map until you’ve pieced it all together and then corridors of known space combine to a neat map of your surroundings.

I knew the area around Alt-Moabit, Turmstraße and Perleberger Straße as separate areas. Until yesterday when I connected them all together through walking along Rathenower Straße from Alt-Moabit to Perleberger Straße. There is a primary school and a youth centre on the way that seems to be partially abandoned. The building of the youth centre seems to be a bigger complex of connected buildings and it is covered in graffiti. Instead of the usual relatively old and beautiful buildings in the area there are more unappealing apartment buildings across from the youth centre. I probably wouldn’t want to live across from that half rotting youth centre in any case.

I’ve now explored a considerably big area around where I live and can say that I know it a bit. Moabit is neither particularly pretty nor ugly, it doesn’t seem dangerous although there seem to be quite some drug issues too and it’s very multicultural with a big Turkish community along with quite big Turkish supermarkets. So, in general it’s neither a very good nor a very bad area. I’m sure there are better areas too, but for now it’s more than alright. And before I run out of things to photograph I still have a few backyards to explore!

The picture was taken across from the court house. Someone had obviously lost a pacifier.


5 responses

  1. I love making connections like that — different parts within a city or areas that I walk in the countryside. And it’s a great photograph too!

    October 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  2. Pacifier… Hmmm… Made me remember when my son was crazy about it that he went on a “withdrawal-like” reaction when its time to take it away. Great post!

    October 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

  3. perfect image for the post!

    October 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  4. perfect!

    October 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

  5. I’m short of time in these days, have not yet read this post (but I’ll do it soon) . Only gave a look at the photo and this is one of the best you post in the last days. Of course it is just my opinion. I like the fact it is almost surreal and the background color is gorgeous. Brava!

    October 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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