Tempelhofer Freiheit

by Sara · 27.06.2010 · Places · 4 comments

And then there was a whole lot of nothing.

Feel­ing a bit down and not really in a social­iz­ing mood, I decided to go walk out­side in the sun. And I walked, and walked, and I ended up only a few sta­tions from the former Tem­pel­hof air­port away. And so I took a walk through Tempelhof.

It doesn’t look that big when you’re there. To think that this is the biggest park inside of any city in the world seems ridicu­lous. You can look across the field! With that reas­on­ing, I set out to circle the airport.

Need­less to say I didn’t quite make it, and as soon as I arrived at the next exit, I took the chance and jumped off my plan. It’s huge, and it’s lonely. A deser­ted place, only every ten minutes would someone on their bike cross my path. But for what it’s worth, I did feel bet­ter when I got out of it and fol­lowed some­thing like a scav­enger hunt into Hermannstraße.

I’m not sure whether Tem­pel­hof is a park to my taste. Yes, so much space — but also: I like people. I like watch­ing people, espe­cially here in Ber­lin, what with the diversity and the com­ical situ­ations that arise. That’s why I enjoy my Mauer­park Sundays so much. But I guess it’s time to finally get into my skates again.

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  1. Yes, that was my first reac­tion: I’m all alone here! And for­get sum­mer, I went there in a cold, snowy winter day, I was like one of 3 or 4 per­sons in the whole frig­gin park. Yes, as you know, you can see almost the whole park, as it’s all open and flat. Yes, the 10km2 or whatever it is!!
    But I kept com­ing back for some reason. You’ve got to con­cede it, it is some­thing spe­cial, such a thing, so close to busy streets, sur­roun­ded by a a pop­u­lated city…!
    It got a bit addict­ive and now I have to visit it, the desert in the middle of the city, (a 15 minute walk from my house), every once in a while, and let my mind get lost in foot­steps. It feels good.

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