Berlin – Friedenau City Tour Late September 2023

Guided Tour through Friedenau

When people move, after a decade in Berlin, they tend to leave a suitcase: at least one full of memories shared at places that may seem funny and sad, at the same time.

One such spot is the so-called ‘Geisterhaus” at Stubenrauch street where we took-off one late September: a fabulous building known as ‘ghosts’ place’ today is silent since long, despite Berlin’s ban against misuse on living space (2014) .
We pass most splendid Jugendstil houses just to realize that our Berlinale bear stems from female sculptor Renee Sintenis who managed to survive NS times in the same neigbourhood: a square is named after her, best described by Berlin journalist Maritta Tkalec with her splendid collection of the City of Berlin along 60 Objects.

Reminiscences of real estate magnate Haberland at Rüdesheimer Platz, public toilets from ancient times, and fountain of Siegfried alluding to Rhine wine valleys and Garden Terace City let us pass by late Guenter Grass and Uwe-Johnson-Salon with living artists thanks to Christa Moog’s Literature Hotel at Fregestr.68. We only get a glimpse of past Jewish prayer room near Stolperstein Initiative Stierstr 21, and we forgot to think of ‘Papa’ Heuss, Germany’s 1st President ever. So we glance at least at the Valide-i Sultan Mosque at Hedwig street, only to remind us of colonial times at

Berlin Marathon: Tigis Assefa, Ethiopia, wins!

source: Der Spiegel, 20.09.2023.

Within two hours, eleven minutes and 53 seconds, 29-year-young Tigis has become the 1st woman ever to make that 42 km distance faster than anyone else among some 48000 participants from more than 150 countries. The police was at least as quick on the same avenue June 17 by stoping clima activists’ efforts to seal and block the event by gluing themselves on that spot. Congrats to ETHIOPIA says!

Nikita’s music at
Nikita inspired us at with his sounds near the ‘room of silence’, letting us feel enlightened by how creation is fostered by sorrow and silence: thank you Nikita from Russia, having left your home to live refreshed in free movement here in D – Berlin.


Berlin Summer 2023 14 July 2023: BEGINENHOF, D-10999 Berlin Kreuzberg with Sohel Rahman and his documentary The Ice cream Sellers some 20 co-owners and as many visitors enjoyed great dinner prepared by Sohel himself, and attended the film screening of his award-winning creative documentary ‘The ICECREAM SELLERS’. The ‘rural’ view of the largest refugee camp of one million people living, giving birth, generating income and sustaining – evoke my attention when witnessing the screening and discussion at Heinrich Böll Foundation (June 23, 2023). I was amazed, since I had been in the camp on behalf of UNHCR some ten years ago, before the 2017 (2nd) genocide of the Muslim Rohingya community let the Rohingya Muslim community take refuge again. This stalemate situation does not allow forgetting facts that had emerged as early as 1970 under the former military regime of Burma, now Myanmar. We can do more – let us discuss! Contact Susanne +49 151 17861960