Sat, Jan 16, 2016 - 25K - 03:00:00
25K David Bowie Memorial Run
As my little tribute to David Bowie, I took off at 15:00 this afternoon for a long run with the goal to see four significant places regarding his life when he lived here in Berlin from 1976 to 1979. It was about zero degrees with icy snow on the sidewalks, but with a nice sun, so perfect to run if you kept moving and watched where you were running. My first goal was reached at Hauptstrasse 155 where Bowie lived in an apartment, across the hall from Iggy Pop, actually. There was a massive pile of flowers and memorabilia and notes to David there and many people standing around, as well as people who lived there today walking in and out of the apartment. One person had left David a tall can of Berlin beer which I thought was particularly poignant. I took off from Schöneberg and crossed over the tracks into Kreuzberg, ran down Bergmanstraße, then up and over to Kottbusser Tor, and around the corner from there I found SO36, a club where Bowie used to give performances and which is still open and active as a club. Right after I left it began to get dark, and by the time I made it up to stop #3 it was dark. This was the Hansa Studios right around the street from Potsdamer Platz. There was a row of candles outside the door and as I stood there reminiscing, a car drove up blasting Major Tom and parked outside the studios, apparently to pay tribute as I was, a perfect background for my thoughts, so I listened to that for a minute thinking of David Bowie in the cold, then took off again into the night up to Potsdamer Platz and over to near KaDeWe where I found where the club called the Dschungel used to be where David Bowie and Iggy Pop would perform late-night concerts. It was cold by this time, so I took off straight south back home.