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Pilgrim: Nina. Temple: Mitte Neighborhood, Berlin.

March 8, 2014
New Temples, New Pilgrims: Nina

Berlin Mitte is no ordinary neighbourhood.

Mitte -middle- is the core of Berlin, the historical heart of the city. Quintessentially German, it feels bohemian, however, when you walk its streets. “It doesn’t feel like you’re in a big city”, said pilgrim Nina. Like a town within a city.

Who is Nina? On the outside, a knitter and a shop owner. On the inside, a dream weaver. She started by weaving a dream of her own, opening a wool shop, and now she helps others to thread theirs. As she puts it, her shop has “become a meeting place dedicated to creativity for lovers of wool, tourists and people that like crafts”. This is Mitte – welcoming, friendly, even homely.





Colours. Nina’s shop is a hidden rainbow, a secret gem for locals and visitors to find. Cosy and snug, warm and cordial, Nina and her shop complement each other. We walked with her, aimlessly, along streets scattered with leaves and graffiti-covered walls, playing with soap bubbles and chasing a playful dog. This open-air, roofless temple, as it were, is, much like Berlin itself, “colourful and irrepressible”, she said. On a greyish day, looking ahead with a smile on her face, Nina seemed to be thinking that every cloud has a silver lining.

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