Songs for the Road No. 17: The Blues and Contentment in Berlin

by Ekua on March 16, 2012 in eats and drinks,Germany,solo travel,songs for the road

The cloud infused evening sunlight gives the city a golden glow and the gracefulness of dusk prophesizes the night’s mood. I walk across the Oberbaum Bridge from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg where huge murals by Blu welcome me to the neighborhood.

This is my first time crossing into what used to be the former West Berlin. It has an appearance that is slightly more what I would have expected of a German city, except with more accents of grittiness. Architecture is important in this city. Even if you loose track of the Berlin Wall, the look of the buildings around you can often tell you where it once was.

I walk the streets of a lively part of the neighborhood in search of a place to have dinner. I see a small Vietnamese restaurant that looks promising. The waitress wants to know if I mind sitting indoors. All of the tables outside are taken as people are enjoying the lingering hours of summer sunshine after all that rain. Inside the restaurant, the windows are wide, candles are lit, and they are playing music by Nina Simone. I tell her I don’t mind sitting inside.

I enjoy the solitude and the promise of more compelling places to explore. I like the way the restaurant is illuminated by evening sun and candlelight. I have a delicious bowl of soup and a glass of wine. I have a good book to read. And I’m listening to Nina Simone sing the blues in her raw, masterful way that transforms bitter to sweet.

On this night, the little things have combined so perfectly and I’m indulging in it fully. Right now I exist only in this simple, perfect moment.



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Marsha March 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

There’s just something about the way you write and inhabit time/space that always seems so natural and feels so right. It’s a skill I wish I had. Love this piece…made me feel like I was right there. Another amazing one-shot…

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Ekua March 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thanks so much, Marsha. Your comment really made my day. I really tried to put myself back in this moment as I was writing this, so I’m glad that came across!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures March 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Your writing is gorgeous! And how I love Ms Simone!!!

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Ekua March 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thanks, Andi 🙂

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Naomi March 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

There is nothing, nothing better, than this mental image ♥

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Ekua March 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

There wasn’t much to it, but it was such a great evening!

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Johnny Peacock March 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

Wow, beautifully written. I spent the bulk of my time in Berlin (about 3 days) in the Eastern side. My brief foray across to the West was eye-opening.

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Ekua March 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

Thanks 🙂 Yup, I found it so strange that at times, the East/West border could make such a difference!

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