Friday, April 04, 2008
What I Saw: Berlin 28/03/08 'till 30/03/08
My first impressions of Berlin? Dark. Ok, so it was late by the time we finally arrived on our paper aeroplane, but even so, as we circled the city I was struck by what appeared to be large patches of darkness in what I thought was a large European city. At ground level things were still gloomy. Where London is all bright lights big city and by the way it might be night but we can still see clearly what you are doing so we thought we would cctv your behaviour in case we might want to use it in evidence against you later Berlin seemed made for mischief, all dim lighting and dark shadows - perfect for lurking.
Joseph Roth agrees. On p100 in my Granta edition of What I Saw when he's talking about traffic policemen the following:
"After dark a flashlight would be a useful thing, or, better yet, some proper street lighting. Even some populous and quite central parts of Berlin still look like the deepest and darkest provinces after nightfall. The economizing of the city authorities must have cost quite a lot of people their lives."
To be continued...
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