Verena Gerlach / Kreuzberg in Red and White

Berlin Type Designer shares Turkish Delight

Verena Gerlach writes: First off, I have no clue about football/soccer at all except that at the end, the Germans always are winning (what I learned from Erik). This is my first text about this issue. So not to write a lot of nonsense about this sport, I will just give a short report from a lovely walk I took during the Croatia-Turkey yesterday evening through our neighborhood (Kreuzberg, Berlin), which is half-German, half-Turkish.

+ Start in Oranienstraße + within 100m already 5 flat screens on the street with lots of people watching the match + even more “public viewing spots” + since the world cup two years ago Germans/Turks love to be with others to watch football +

+ it’s possible to walk through the city without missing anything from the match + this match is really boring + all the time we pass by a screen, the players were standing around the ball, discussing anything + Turks in our street unusually quiet for the fact, that they are playing for the Viertelfinale (Semi-Finals) + still very boring match + so many bicycles +

+ first stop in front of a tobacco shop with screen and good atmosphere + we take out our wine (red and white), glasses, and enjoy the evening + god this match is so boring + go on walking with our wine (ha, we are in Europe!) + players still standing around seemingly discussing anything + very quiet in the streets +

+ Halbzeit (Halftime) and still nothing happens + next stop: another tobacco shop with some very nice Turkish families + they are starting to complain about the match + first “Türkiye, Türkiye!” cheers + more wine + go on walking + next stop: Turkish pizza place with a lot of fans dressed in red and white« + “Türkiye, Türkiye!” +

+ my camera is crap + already too dark for good pictures + we walk into the nearby
park + sitting and waiting for acoustic signals about the match + making jokes about Turkey always making the first goal in the last five minutes + must be Elfmeter (Penalties) already +

+ suddenly first shouts and fireworks + loud, but not loud enough, must have been a goal for Croatia + OK, it is getting exciting + next cheers much louder plus a lot of fireworks + must definitely have been a goal for Turkey + we go into the next bar with a television + second goal for Turkey + Croatian player misses the goal + OK, Turkey wins + and now? Germany against Turkey next Wednesday + Congratulations, but we definitely have to leave the area +

+ first Autocorsos (car parades) + dress code red and white + families running around + singing + dancing + half naked Turkish boys hanging out of their cars + fireworks + flags + more cars + congratulations + back to Oranienstraße + street already blocked + well done! + Hurra + red and white +

+ Drums, flags, singing + police blocks the whole area, because completely full already + Autocorso around the roundabout + I hate this camera + go to get the other camera + battery empty here too + promise to take a better camera next Wednesday + more flags + children in red and white dancing + making jokes about the colors being the same like from the EM hosting countries +

+ My Swiss friend Chantall already gave her fan make up to her Turkish neighbors + could take the polish and Austrian too + gigantic flags plus traditional chants + “Türkiye, Türkiye!” + “Türkiye, Türkiye!” +

+ we try to imagine what would happen if the Germans would march with flags and chanting “Deutschland, Deutschland” (sounds like “Schlaant, Schlaant!” actually) through any city in England + 0:00 already + go to a bar + 1:30 out of the bar + still Autocorso, singing dancing, red and white + go home + party goes on until four o’clock + next morning: the owner of the tobacco shop  looks really happy + tells me he didn’t sleep at all, like everybody else in the street + admits, that we all should leave the area next week and the Germans will win (of course) + everybody in the bakery very happy but worried about next week + very quiet morning in Kreuzberg + Congratulations!




One Response to “Verena Gerlach / Kreuzberg in Red and White”

i am a turkish.l am proud because our national team has played semi final.thats great i think.but l could not like german theifs.what can i do.my love is in germany.l can die for her. she is the most beautiful girl in the world.l will marry with her absolutely.my sister lives in berlin unfortunately.l am not racist but i like my nation too.faithfully all muslim person

omer added these words on Jul 08 08 at 9:50 PM

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