anke-nicolai-en

Which memory do you associate with your favourite ice cream?
Anke: Nothing in particular. For me, you just can't beat the combination of ice cream, cookies and chocolate.

What do you like about Berlin?
I'm a real "Berliner", even from the East. I lived in Leipzig for almost a year, but then love brought me back. Berlin is colourful, diverse and vibrant. And I've got my roots here: my parents are here, and this is where I grew up. It really is my home. It's the neighbourhoods, the Kieze, that really set Berlin apart for me, like Kaskelkiez, where I've been living for years. It's like a little island in the city, away from the train tracks and roads. But we've got everything: cafes, organic food stores - and of course, an ice cream parlour. And when I go out, I always meet someone and start chatting. Still, we have a property out in Brandenburg where we often spend our weekends. That gives us a nice contrast to crowded city life.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress - I'll admit it. And I actually did act in theatres between the ages of 7 and 16. After that, there was a phase in which everything was too artificial for me and I just couldn't act anymore. So then I directed, even while I was still studying. But then, the working world beckoned, and I didn't have time anymore. But I don't have any regrets. Quite the opposite, I still get to work in theatres a lot these days for my live audio descriptions and I describe what's happening on the stage to people who are vision impaired.