If there are any secrets left at the Mauerpark, they would be the Dinnele food stand and the Schönwetter beer garden, both hidden inside the park’s flea market. Dinnele are a south German specialty—similar to wood fired pizza—but made with whole grain dough and topped with a creamy layer of Schmand and your choice of … Read More
I felt kind of stupid when I asked the guy at the market on Saturday what he was stirring in the massive open skillet. His reply: sauerkraut. He was very nice about my ignorance but how can it be that I’ve been here almost four years and I don’t recognize sauerkraut when I see it? … Read More
by Anthony Georgis A bridge is a metaphor for a lot of things. It’s about traveling, reaching out, exploring, and connecting the past with the present. Even though it’s not much to look at, the Sonnenburger Brücke is pretty special in that way. It’s a simple little pedestrian bridge that crosses the train tracks between … Read More
The Mauerweg is a bike path follows the old route of the Berlin Wall. The portion we biked is near Potsdam and offers up a number of Prussian palaces along the way. Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) was definitely worth the 30 second ferry trip, though I wished I’d had some bug spray for the enormous mosquitoes. … Read More
Not too much going on at the office this week in terms of the Report. This is what I’ve got: -Homogenous campaign posters going up all over town featuring a large mug shots of the candidates -Julian at the Yes Bar giving me a lesson on how to properly balance and relax on his bar’s … Read More
I still can’t get over the cool, dry summers here in Berlin. Sometimes they are a little too cool and not so dry, but mostly they are kind of amazing. The poor folks back home are enduring 83 degree dew points (that’s 28 C) and 95 F temps (35 C). The two things combined make … Read More
+ Daniel Eatock: Alarm Dance. Also here and here.
Prenzlauer Allee, Berlin This kind of hallway/staircase makes me feel like I’ve stumbled onto a theater set…a friend of mine lives in a building with such a staircase. Every time I go over to her place, I feel like I’m on stage as I climb the stairs. There is a certain grubby-but-clean quality to these … Read More
Lychener Straße, Berlin The birds that sing at night here make me happy. I’d never known such a bird before I came to Berlin—and I’m still not sure what kind of bird it is…? + If you’ve every tried to get anything of a bureaucratic nature done in Germany (Spain, too, apparently), you’ll certainly relate … Read More
Paul-Robeson-Straße, Berlin Spring. It’s here. And there are daffodils.
Mauerpark, Berlin Spring is here; the karaoke is back on in the Mauerpark every Sunday. For those who’ve never been, here’s the deal: untold numbers of people descend upon the Mauerpark on Sundays. There is a flea, there is lounging on the grass, there are bands playing in the grass, there is also grilling in … Read More
I first came to this graveyard on a winter’s walk a couple of years ago. It was kind of a graveyardmullet: orderly up front, out of control in the back. Back then things were in a serious state of overgrowth the further in I walked; fallen trees, tall grass, paths that disappeared into ivy-covered bushes, … Read More