Sunday off, off to Neukölln

Hi, there. I brought the DSLR with me on Sunday’s adventures. If I were rich, I would do this almost every day for the rest of my life – have a slow morning drinking lots of coffee, go out and see what happens, camera around my neck, have lunch somewhere, continue walking exploring new places, have a coffee, walk and do it until my legs say Let’s go home and read a book. Go to other places and do the same from time to time. See more of the world. This is probably what my life in Berlin looks like on the blog and on my instagram. I wish. But you know, who starts taking pictures while working at a desk when it’s pretty much the same things going on every day.

We went outside of the Ringbahn (Berlin’s Circle Line) and were in the mood for sushi so I asked my map for a sushiplace. We ended up here. Amazing, the place was super ugly, had a Christmas tree and reminded me of places up in the north of Sweden. I felt so at home.

Shared this with Johan. We could have left the tempura ones, I really don’t get the thing deep-frying sushi so it tastes like a burger. Greasy and sushi don’t belong together or what do you think? Not in the picture: cocktail sauce LOL.

Can you imagine how beautiful this building must have been before the wars? I kind of like this brutality as well.

Haven’t seen many buildings here being built in 1939, the year WW2 started. Not sure, but the holes could be from the war? Hard to imagine the facade would have survived since then, but why else would those holes be there?

LOVE this. I really love run-down buildings so much, otherwise I wouldn’t live in one I guess. Some people tell me Berlin makes them depressed, I can see why if you like more polished houses without graffiti, but this really makes me happy.

Which wig would you choose, Johan?

Barricaded windows are always creepy, right?

Back inside the Ringbahn it was coffee time. I love pubs (Kneipen) like these, favourite places to drink beer and have nice chats with people all ages.

We went to a place called Leuchtstoff for cortado and carrot cake.

Hadn’t been eating much carbs during the week, so we both felt a bit heavy, almost poisoned. Funny how fast you get used to eating less carbs and how it makes you want less and less.

Sandra, can you show me that chapel you’ve talked about? So we went to 21gramms which was so relaxed, had a great time laughing and drinking more coffee.

So beautiful, I’m happy a café opened here and not a luxury restaurant.

Warm olives with lemon and fennel seeds, amazingly tasty and fresh. Bread came with the olives and we had a second carbs overdose LOL. Another cortado and a double espresso macchiato.

Bye beautiful place.

Sunday made me fall in love with Berlin on another level. It’s being so gentrified (like so many other cities) and finding traces of what made me fall in love with this city gives me so much energy. Just wanna inhale it as much as possible.

Bye, Hermannstrasse.

Met these creepy ladies gossiping in the window. I don’t like dolls, especially the ones that are supposed to look like babies. I remember when my friends had those fake babies and played mums, I left – now they all have kids of course (nothing wrong with that, just funny how I never even wanted to play mum).

Bringing back childhood memories from when we picked berries or went to the tiny tiny hut my dad and uncles used during moose hunt. Sotkaffe, couldn’t find much info about it online.

LOVE eternit facades.

And great colour combinations just happening.

Facades like these take me back to Swedish movies from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Berlin reminds me quite often of Sweden back when I was a kid.


The window of Bar Ä on Weserstrasse, haven’t been there for NINE years.

And to Wendel I had never been until Sunday. I think this table counts as one of the best bar seatings ever, perfect for two high-sensitive introverts.

Had this non-alcoholic IPA which tasted a bit like smoked strawberries.

Hello, fluffy!!

Can’t wait for another day like this, hope it doesn’t take 3 months again. I do this on my own as well, of course, though it is more fun to have those days together with Johan. Sometimes I wonder how this relationship has lasted so long, I think us both being introverts really helps. The understanding for the other’s need for time alone, space, being in our own worlds, being alone together etc etc. OK enough about it, could go on forever. Are you extroverted, introverted or maybe ambiverted?


  • Awfulknitter
    August 4, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Do you know the French word flaneur (flaneuse for a woman)? I wish I could have a job as a flaneuse, somebody who stolls around and observes things! I love the visual richness of Berlin that you bring us with your blog. Berlin has the best typography, I love that ‘Spielwaren’ sign – not much of that here in the British suburbs! Not many places to get a good coffee either. Though I did have a quick bike ride through some woods in between dropping the kids at nursery and starting work at my ‘desk’ in the kitchen.

    • Sandra
      August 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Oh I know that word, we use it in Swedish as well <3
      Flaneuse would look good on a businesscard 🙂

  • Nick
    August 4, 2020 at 10:32 am

    What a wonderful Sunday wander this looks, Sandra. Your photos make me pine for the streets, the buildings of Neukoln, Kreuzberg, Schoenberg…

    • Sandra
      August 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Glad you like them, thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Carrie Cooper
    August 7, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    My husband and I are both introverts and visited Berlin last year for the first time. We absolutely loved it (which is surprising since Kurt, my husband, hates cities) and can’t wait to go back someday. The perfect city for introverts! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and letting us live vicariously through you and Johan!
    (Also, I totally relate to not playing with baby dolls (or playing “house”) as a kid – a foreshadowing of a contended child-free adulthood:))

    • Sandra
      August 15, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Carrie, you’re so right about Berlin being a great place for introverts, there’s SO much space on the streets so you can walk freely without bumping into other people, especially extroverts who love to talk to strangers 😉

  • Jonna
    August 8, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, run-down buildings are just beautiful. And that chapel café, oh my! This introvert is missing Berlin sooooo fucking much.

    • Sandra
      August 15, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Hope you can fucking come over soon!!

      • Jonna
        August 17, 2020 at 5:45 pm

        Yes, I hope so too! It will probably be next year though..

        • Sandra
          August 18, 2020 at 8:32 am

          Next year is just around the corner <3


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