A collage that says “Berlin is a bitch, but then you marry”. I bought it in Tacheles from one of the artists for about 5 euros. Tacheles was the first place I visited in Berlin back in 2009, and another victim of gentrification. Fascinating place, it was a department store where the first vacuum cleaner was sold in Berlin (or maybe Germany?). Abandoned after WWII, and squatted until the early 2010s – a place for artists, sculptors, all these guys who make Berlin what it is. The first time I visited it, it was full of clubs, bars, movies, an outdoor sculpture yard and so much more. And, of course, the home to the ‘How long is now’ mural. Gradually over the years when I visited it, fewer and fewer places remained open. I bought this collage and the next time I visited, the place was shut down completely. Now it is being rebuilt as a luxury apartment and office building. But when I look at it, I remember my favourite city as I first saw it.