My ever-roving photography program arrived in Berlin on April 28th. It’s my second time in the city and I’ve really fallen in love. Berlin is a city steeped in history and wrestling with memory in various ways. The once decimated part of East Berlin, cheap and eccentric, has become the center of art and creativity. Cafes, trendy young couples pushing strollers, graffiti, street art, galleries, thrift stores–it has definitely left many of us wishing we could move here.
Mauer Park (“Wall Park”) is a large park and flea market situated along part of the former Wall and subsequent death strip. Every Sunday it is filled with hundreds of vendors, ranging from the regulars, to young couples selling furniture before a move, to girls doing a once-a-year closet cleaning. It’s a treasure trove of objects, and worth a visit every weekend because the stands and items always change. Later in the afternoon, brave souls take to an impromptu stage to sing karaoke in front of a crowd dubbed the “bear pit.”
There is nothing better to complement an afternoon of thrifting and music than a cold beer and a vegan burger from Sun Day Burgers, an all-vegan burger stand located within Mauer Park. The long lines attest to the deliciousness of the food, which is cooked by some of the happiest, friendliest people. I ordered my burger with everything: soy-ginger tofu, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, beets, caramelized onions, sprouts, and chili, all on a whole-wheat pumpkin seed bun. Delicious.