As I slowly emerged out of my sub conscious state of sound sleep this morning, I recognized the sounds of children laughing across the courtyard. And then, as I awoke more and more, I heard more layers of activity. I recognised the sounds of neighbors speaking to one another, and then in another flat, music being played and from across the hallway (ABBA). In yet another flat, a television set was fighting for attention amongst the noise, and just then as I opened my eyes I recognised the sounds of a couple who were seemingly expressing their affection towards one another in a very very passionate manner. As my eyes finally opened, there was a huge smile on my face. This is the epitome of a summer morning in Berlin. Continue reading “Summer in Berlin: Hackescher Market and Apricot Vinaigrette” »
I went to a neighbourhood in Berlin called Kreutzberg, which is known as the “Turkish section” of Berlin. In fact, some refer to it as “little Istanbul”, due to its heavily populated Turkish community (I just discovered that Berlin has the third largest population of any other city in the world).
Apart from finding wonderful Turkish shops, Kreutzberg offers an array of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and much more. It is a young and hip neighbourhood with a mix of just about everything and everyone. So, a few weeks ago, a friend was driving me home and he needed to buy some fruits on the way. As we passed through Kreutzberg, he mentioned that the farmer’s market is still on and asked if we would not mind stopping by for a few minutes.