I've been getting up a little later than usual these days... weird, not only because I tend to wake up naturally at 8:00 or so due to light beaming into my room, but also because I just love to get stuff done in the morning. When I get up too late, I'm irritable. During sixth form and university I definitely would have described myself as a night owl, but those days are gone.
Recently, I have also been finding myself in Steglitz suspiciously often. It's a district in south-west Berlin, and quite an odd place... being there reminds me of this Rugrats PlayStation game I had once. In the past, I had passed through it a couple of times before, on my commute to the language school in 2010 and also when I travelled to Zehlendorf to register my new flat.
Its "high street" is Schloßstraße (with a whopping six occurrences of the letter S in its name). This is almost the only part of Berlin I've seen that could be literally anywhere in Germany - or indeed, Europe - with all the usual stores. The only thing is that when you look up, you'll see this most peculiar construction: der Bierpinsel. As far as I can tell, it was built in the 1970s and does not serve a particular purpose these days.
There's also a Goodies tucked away inside a branch of hiking/travel shop Globetrotters. It's tiny, and I guess in this case I'd only stop there if I was in the area and really couldn't find anything vegan to eat - it just has the
way overpriced salads.
Another discovery I've made recently is San Francisco Coffee Company. Since the Freie Universität is in this neck of the woods, I guess they had to put something in that would attract students. There are two in Berlin - one in Zehlendorf on Teltower Damm (heads up: great place to do some work), and then one in the Boulevard Berlin mall in Steglitz. I like the atmosphere - it's nice and turquoise and the coffee is pretty good, if not a bit expensive.
Overall, for me, this area around Schloßstraße epitomises this inimitable West Berlin kitsch that hasn't quite gone away. Meanwhile in Mitte, there's a lot of new building going on and a lot of renovation, yet nobody seems to be in a rush to do anything around here, despite Steglitz-Zehlendorf being the wealthiest of the Berlin boroughs. Is this because most of the population there (aside from FU students) are Urberliner, and so no-one bothers trying to get new people to move in there?
I hope it doesn't change. I may as well love it, anyway, as it's the closest retail area to where I live!