At the moment, the talk of the town in Berlin is going to the lake: What lakes are the best for swimming? What lakes are the least crowded? Good questions because truth be told…I am a lake snob. My trip to the Schlachtensee a couple of summers ago reduced me to a deep despair. I owe my bad attitude to my origins, a land of lakes. Lakes are everywhere in Minnesota—in the city, in the suburbs, “up north,” and everywhere you go, basically. They are big and they are beautiful, but most of all there is a lake culture, something that I cannot explain to the people I meet here. So here’s to my grandparents and great-grandparents (pictured in this photo) and all of my friends and family enjoying summer on the water these days. Drink a Party Coke for me!