Half an hour (M) untere Elbe: The lower Elberfelder Straße has many cheap shops and a slightly deserted square. And what else?
I know a man from somewhere, at least by sight. “Hello. Enjoy your meal!” The retiree laughs, “thank you, thank you.” He hits a piece of curry with a small fork and bites the dry roll. ”I am here often. At least I can afford it here. I can eat two curry sausages there. ” His companion nods. “Then good day to both of you.”
Pun (M) lower Elbe
I continue on the Elberfelder Strasse walk in Hagen. (M) untere Elbe – I remember an earlier pun. But it doesn’t seem very lively here. Many artisan vehicles run along the street and obscure the view from the windows on the opposite side. The woman, with a prescription in hand, goes to the bear’s outpatient clinic, and the young couple from Woolworth put their purchases in their backpacks.
There is an old box with worn clothes hangers on the sidewalk in front of the clothing store. The box says “Free to take”. But no one cares about hangers – at least for now.
“Sören” presents sporty fashion in a stylish chic all-round window. A clothing store with a wardrobe in the higher price segment has been unusual in the lower area of the city center for many years. Operators are not created for passing customers, but for regular customers from Hagen and, in particular, neighboring cities.
Radiant heaters provide heat
Some people sit and drink cappuccino a few meters away in front of the Vincenzo coffee bar. Plexiglass partitions protect guests from the wind, while radiant heaters provide heat. Sounds cozy, I’d like to sit here for a few minutes, but I notice a friend across the road.
I flew over. “Man, I haven’t seen you in a long time. How are you?” I ask my former schoolmate, and we’re talking about it and saying, “Yes, take care, maybe see you again soon.”
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The space above the Märkische Bank underground car park is spacious and almost always seems abandoned. It is not just a dignified marketplace in the old town of Italy. I’m sitting on a bench, doing nothing. Somewhere I hear the chirping of a bird, a car makes a noise behind me, three young women talking and laughing out loud at two benches. A little too picky for me.
On the sidewalk, a bed with emerging meadow flowers. A little nature, a little eye-catching and a nice, colorful, rather gray-looking lower area of the city center, which is somehow “not fish and not meat”. Not alive, but not dead, not beautiful, but not exclusively ugly.
A homeless person has set himself in front of an electrical box with a sleeping bag. He begs quietly and unnoticed. Two women – one pushing a pram with a child, the other holding a small child – head for the train station. One of the mothers discovers a tired-looking man, sniffs his bag, puts a coin in his gift basket, and says, “All the best to you.” The man nods quietly and smiles.
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