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Whatchamacallit 129: Berliner Luft (Part 1)

Berliner Luft

A year or two ago I was in a la-di-da kids shop, Kleine Gesellschaft, in Prenzlauer Berg, where I stumbled upon “Berliner Luft.”

It’s the kind of kids shop that is so upscale and pretentious that it has its own brand toys.

This is, simply put, a bottle of soapy water, complete with one of those rings on a stick, that you can use to make bubbles.

The fact that it is “Berliner Luft in Seifenblasen” – “Berlin air in soap bubbles” – makes it even more ridiculous.

Yes, I know there is more Berliner Luft out there; there’s a reason this is part 1!

On the website, these are currently going for 1.71€ a bottle, so I probably paid 1.75€ to 2€ in the shop.

Right now, it stands on a shelf in front of my router, which is visible from where I work, so I see it quite often. I might have used it once or twice – as I recall, getting the lid off is surprisingly difficult.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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