Last year I moved from Berlin Prenzlauer Berg to Frankfurt Nordend. Ten years after I arrived at my first Berlin home, by myself and with a car full of luggages, I bought me a train ticket and left a cozy life behind with just two suitcases for the beginning. During my twenties Berlin certainly was the best place to be. However, in the last years there was much of general hype going on about that city that had become a little tiresome. Instead of sharing the exciting things that were going on, you felt you wanted to keep the treasure spots for yourself. Frankly speaking there would be no such things as secret / private / silent spots in my old neighbourhood.
It turned out true that the two cities and their people a quite are different.
Instead of the funky cafes with fleamarket furnitures you find yourself more likely in swanky hotel bars. When you listen to the conversations at any common space, say Starbucks, you will hear less about art / film / fashion or foodies' projects and more about promising deals and stock indexes. What the cities have in common is the cosmopolitan and international flair with a slight lead of Frankfurt (or FFM).
What I love most about FFM
- the number of Korean restaurants (corresponding to the biggest Korean expats' community in Europe)
- the river Main (a walk or jogging along the waterside has become a nice new weekend ritual)
- the food markets and sensational bakeries (a walk to Kleinmarkthalle or to the local bakeries has become the other weekend ritual that I wouldn't want to miss anymore)
- the beautiful neighbourhoods and parks
- the small distances and the walk to work (a lot of people do)
- the international business atmosphere. As sure as there is always "some exciting art thing" going on in Berlin, there is some exciting business event going on here ;)
What I miss most about Berlin
- the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra - the best symphony orchestra with the best concert hall on this planet imo
- that there is always some exciting art thing going on, see above
- the countless innovative shops
- friends and family.
Therefore FFM is my new big love but I will always miss B, too.
Below are some snow pics from the city (during these endless grey
winter days) and a pic from a recent lunch at Seoul - a solid charming
restaurant in dowtown FFM that is a favorite of mine since 2009.