Flea Market and Karaoke

Flea Market and Karaoke

Just another normal Sunday in Mauerpark!

Mauerpark – © Günther Steffen

It’s still early morning, with the sun just coming up as the first vendors set up their stands at the flea market in Mauerpark in preparation for the day ahead. The first trickle of visitors to the flea market is just arriving – maybe those who haven’t been to bed yet or have risen early to give themselves a chance of getting the best bargains.
As I slowly amble in the direction of the park this morning, the vibrant and colourful hustle and bustle has already started, and many other Berliners and visitors to the city are – like me – making their pilgrimage to the flea market in Mauerpark. You can find everything there, from antique furniture, via handicraft works right through to tin soldiers – everything you can possibly need or not, as the case may be. I like coming here and rummaging around in things from long bygone days, or indulge myself for the umpteenth time in a beautiful homemade chain or bracelet that’s a cert to be the one and only example of its kind around.

Next to the flea market is a grassy area where young meets old and enjoys the sun. The scene is characterised by laughing, dancing and singing, juggling, playing diabolo and making music. The smell of barbecued meat pervades the air, and my mouth is watering as I walk across the grass passing all those richly filled picnic baskets towards the old amphitheatre. It’s nearly 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I’ve just about managed to get a place on the old steps of the amphitheatre, where the loudspeakers and the laptop have already been set up for the Sunday Mauerpark karaoke ritual, and a long queue of people are already waiting to sign up in the list of singers to perform on the stage. I’m sitting in the sun, enjoying a cool drink and smiling at a group of teenage girls singing an old Spice Girls’ number. Ah, the karaoke singers are as diverse and colourful as Berlin, but that’s exactly what makes the karaoke so entertaining.