March 12, 2009Berlin

Given to me last night by F as a little pep talk of sorts. They were cold and wet from the commute home, but they opened up nicely on my table. Have been admiring them all day as I work; I think they did the trick.

A Walk

March 10, 2009Berlin

I want to join. Look! They are getting the outdoor chairs and tables out. Somewhere up there is a blue sky.

Heard Out the Window

March 10, 2009Berlin

The windows are open ever more regularly here, which makes the outside world a little bit closer. Note: There was clapping when the horn player finished.

Living Without a Refrigerator

March 3, 2009Berlin

On Friday night I googled ‘roasted tomatoes’ and came across this post from the Smitten Kitchen. During the three hours of roasting time, I poked around her site and discovered that she, too, has a 3/4 size oven and a teeny tiny kitchen. Her pep talk for people with small kitchens was written just for … Read More

Turning the Corner

March 3, 2009Berlin

It happens every year but it never ceases to be a little bit mysterious—one day the world feels different because it doesn’t feel like winter anymore. How can it be that just one week ago I was in half a panic to flee this gray place but in these last days I have been happily … Read More

Sunday Afternoon

March 1, 2009Berlin

I spent the first part of this Sunday in the kitchen. The weather these last few days has had notes of spring to it. We had plans to enjoy the warmth and light by taking a midday stroll around the Volkspark Friedrichshain. As I was tending the dough, I kept peaking out the window to … Read More

Snow Day with Hammershøi

February 19, 2009Berlin

Today has been the kind of silent day that can only happen in winter. The snow was falling before I got out of bed and it hasn’t stopped yet. The light in the apartment is nice—a little bit dark, but with a bluish, reflected quality that is comfortable and pleasing. The feel of the apartment … Read More

Snow, sun, clouds and canvas making

February 18, 2009Berlin, Workbook

This is what it looked like in and around Berlin on Sunday. The snow continued until Tuesday, when we got what has to be our first day of real, all day sun in months and months. Everyone was giddy. I made it outside and found that I could walk along a shoveled, ice-free path for … Read More


February 14, 2009Berlin

My first foray into Berlin’s film festival, the Berlinale, happened last night thanks to C, who had tickets to a group of short films. This winter has been an extra good movie season for me. I’ve rented and downloaded movies to watch with the ‘beamer’ on the wall at home (that is a projector for … Read More

Winter in Berlin

February 3, 2009Berlin

The Darkness… the Gray… the Cold. I long to be out exploring this place but in the last month I have found myself more often than not somewhere warm watching movies or reading a book.  I took this picture last week after meeting C for lunch. The blue sky was fighting very hard to come out for … Read More

Berliner Ensemble

November 4, 2008Berlin

A friend of ours organized an event at the Berliner Ensemble on Sunday morning and invited us to attend. One of the greatest things about living in another country is coming into contact with that country’s history in a way that doesn’t happen in tourist mode; as a tourist you choose the destination and the … Read More

Art Forum

November 3, 2008Berlin

We spent Saturday at Art Forum. By the time we left it was dark outside. As we walked to the U-Bahn I caught sight of a Chinese restaurant twinkling on the second story of a hotel. I have a thing for restaurants and bars that aren’t on the ground floor. Plus, there were little lights … Read More