August 25, 2012Berlin

I think summer only really gets good when you do the same things over and over again, like grilling in the backyard, spending warm nights on the roof, listening to the crickets in bed and…going to the lake. It is satisfying to recall a season gone by with good memories that are so numerous, they … Read More

Berlin Guide: Wood fired pizza in the Mauerpark

July 23, 2012Berlin

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


July 4, 2012Links

Happy Fourth of July everybody! This is a day when I think a lot about home and what the 4th traditionally meant to me, which is all about being up at the lake. Grilling, suits and towels drying on the line, and getting together with friends and community. 1) Bottle caps from local soda makers. 2) … Read More

Prater Garten

May 24, 2012Berlin

Last year’s lackluster summer weather kept me away from the Prater, Berlin’s oldest Biergarten tucked off the busy Kastanienallee. This summer I seem to be making up for lost time, having frequented it three times now, first with Ashley, Andreas, and Hazel and most recently with the gang in town for the Hive Conference—Anne, Alex, Brittany, … Read More

Field Report 029: Canoeing on the Liepnitzsee

September 19, 2011Berlin

Getting on a boat was one thing I had to tick off my 2011 list. I’m pretty sure that this particular day was it for summer—and even then we were pushing it. The lake, which just a couple of weeks before had been a cool escape from a hot and muggy August city, had turned … Read More

Fourth of July.

July 4, 2011The Distant Past

Last year’s Fourth was a scorcher; we picnicked in the Mauerpark with no shade. Afterwards, I went to a birthday party. It was one of those rare Berlin evenings when it stayed warm well past dark…and then a thunderstorm rolled in. Little did we know, but it was to be the beginning of weeks of … Read More

Field Report 021

July 3, 2011Berlin, The Field Report

Liepnitzsee, Brandenburg. The forecast was calling for cool temperatures and rain, June was almost over, I had spent way too many nice days and weekends at the computer, and my brain was starting to melt. So I fled in the afternoon and made the hour and a half journey first with the S-bahn and then … Read More

The End.

September 20, 2010Berlin
Greifswalder Straße, Berlin. No, it's not the end of the blog, silly! But it is the end of a lot of other things, including summer. Loved it that Chanette and I were on the same page.