Berlin, Germany
Paola, 43
Operations Manager, Finance
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a bit about Paola

What are you working on these days?

Being an operations manager I face everyday a lot of different organisational and technical issues, new procedures and a lot of troubleshooting!

What drives you mad these days?

The terrific sun and the blue sky, not pretty typical here in Berlin.

What makes you happy?

A day off, wandering aimless through Berlin, taking pics and listening to brand new songs is enough to make me happy.

When was the last time you cried?

After years, I cried recently when I was awfully angry with myself!

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Last Iggy Pop’s LP, Post Pop Depression.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Berlinized, a cool documentary about the 1990s, by independent filmmaker Lucien Busse, who lived in first person the amazing post-wall era. Screened in the lovely Lichtblick Kino.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I’ m not a shopaholic, don’t care for “trends” and I like to mix used and new, cheap stuff with designer clothes. My fav spots are the thrift store at ground floor of my building, sample sales and flohmarkt.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

My fav place is the pedestrian bridge between Dänenstraße and Sonnenburger Straße in P.Berg, ending in a tiny “square” with the backyard of Kohlenquelle, in summer full of people enjoying the sun on beach chairs and real sand under their feet and the Hütte, a lovely pizzeria, with beach chairs and sand as well.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Berlin but never actually do?

Sport! Berlin makes me sooo lazy 🙂

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I would definitely go out boozing with my two heroes Iggy Pop and Jeffery Lee Pierce (if I could revive him) in the worst Kneipen of Berlin. Beers, schnaps and whisky like there´s no tomorrow, I would steal them the secret of their art. Places like Roses, Trinkteufel, Bei Schlawinchen could fit.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

First choice: C/O Berlin, an exhibition space for photography and visual art, I could stay inside all day long. Or to some other contemporary art museum.

What’s that place in Berlin you feel like only you know about?

Mmmh…not easy at all. Maybe in Lichtenberg, in the middle of former industrial areas, there is a small park, with animals and fruit trees, not touristic at all, an oasis of peace. And Wedding Krematorium, even if now is no longer such a secret.

If tomorrow was your last day in Berlin before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would take my bike and go through all the many street that meant for me something, losing myself in the beauty of this city and getting inspiration for the last time. But I’ll never leave Berlin for anything in the world!

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Politics is a dirty business.

What’s the spot in Berlin you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Some shicki-micki areas in West Berlin, full of expensive shops and/or tourist-trap fake Italian restaurants, with nothing in particular to offer.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

At Omoni restaurant with my best berliner and Italian friends! And after that, go for a bar-tour in the Weserstraße till morning after.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Going to gigs, definitely! Rock, classic and indie, punk, wave above all.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

There´s no fixed places, it depends mostly on where a cool band is going to play! Here concerts begin soo early! So it could be Schokoladen, Kantine am Berghain, Privatclub, Lido, Huxleys… For bars, I have too many! Just to name a few: 8mm bar ist a must at the beginning of a night out..or even if you don’t have a plan. Cool DJ sets, nice atmosphere, beautiful people. Kohlenquelle, near home, usually when friends are supposed to come at my place, or before (and after) eating out in Prenzlauer Berg. Soulcat in Neukölln, renowned for his old rnr/rnb/soul music, Tier, in Neukölln as well, for the delish mojitos, Eschschloraque in Mitte, because I have a friend working at his artworks there..and many more!

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