Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Some excellent advertising

This morning, I went out in search of the flea market on Boxhagener Platz; I'd read that they often had GDR relics for sale there. I didn't find it - even though I Googled it, looked around AutoRoute, and so on - but I did enjoy a nice long walk through an old part of East Berlin that's amazingly different than it was twenty years ago. Shops are everywhere, they look great, and most importantly, people were everywhere, filling tables on sidewalk cafés, having breakfast with friends and family, looking happy, having a great time. I can't tell you how different this looks than it did in August 1988.

Anyhow, here's a picture for you courtesy of my mobile phone:



This was plastered over a window in the S-Bahn (urban commuter train). The translation is roughly as follows:

"Hey! You ever get busted for vandalizing train windows like I did? It's really embarassing. And you can say goodbye to all that cash you saved up for a new iPod."

Postscript: As luck would have it, my new map of Berlin from Zitty does show exactly where Boxhagener Platz is. I missed it by one block: the secret is that it's not on Boxhagenerstrasse, but one block south. Damn!
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