Or the Beginning of the End?
Gentrification wins. I give up. After 1 year in Friedrichshain and 3 years in Prenzlauer Berg, the fuckers doubled the rents and drop kicked my donut ass out into the Niederschönhausen hinterlands where, literally, the streets have no name. A few blocks down from my row in the cemetery of dead suburbanites are streets number 97 and 101. I haven’t ventured to find the ones in between because it would remind me that I too have become a number.
I always knew my time here was limited. More than a year, less than five, I figured. A million ‘creatives’ (mostly bullshit hipsters and trust fund babies) fucked up Berlin; they came, they saw, they drove up rents, they left. I bought some of their furniture on their way out. I suppose it was folly to move to a place where all of my education and years of professional experience add up to a medium pot of piss in a sea of wannabes willing to do what I do for beer money. I still did it, hell yes, and I did it My Way, mutha fucka.
I’m not gone yet, but it feels like it out here in Schiessedorf, the name I coined for the Shit Village in which I now reside after the fallout from leaving the overpriced barn I rented from the Polish farm animals in P’berg. I ALMOST got a flat right down the street from where I was. I had all of Zee Papers and shit, and then it all fell apart. The fucker didn’t meet me at the bank for the deposit transfer (he didn't want my 1500 EUR I guess) nor did he answer phone calls or emails. Let’s just call him König Deutschbag. Plan B: Scheissedorf. It fell in our laps like a cold beer. After one month of daily searching, we got Scheissedorf. I’m only here for three months. Then…?
It’s peaceful out here in Scheissedorf if you are a corpse type looking for that sort of thing. There are about 5 restaurants and bars within 10 square kilometers of here and two of them have boards in the windows and for sale signs outside. I could be already dead. People cross the street when I shamble down the broken sidewalks. I look and feel ghastly and ghoulish most of the time. I saw a couple of androgynous Goth individuals in long black coats gliding down the street.
BUT HEY!!! I’m a digital nomad. I’ve just decided. I don’t have to stay in Berlin, learn German, compete with all the low waged locals AND get rampant discrimination from Zee Paper Nazis. Nosirree, Bob! I can do what I do from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. I write. I do websites. I take purty pitchers n stuff. So if I can’t find a flat in a decent area of Berlin during my Scheissedorf limbo, I’ll just take my camera, laptop, my trusty donkey and lance, and take a flying fuck at the next windmill.
Because that’s what you do.