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” »

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I-love-Berlin-its-taxi drivers-and more! (okay, so this does not really rhyme, but it was worth a try was it not?!)

Well, okay, in this first “Berlin Favourites” entry, I actually did all the prompting. What is a girl supposed to do, when she is sitting in a taxi with a driver who looked just plain mean-as if he really was tired of life and the world in general!

Yes, I could have left him alone and sat in silence for the 20 minute ride. BUT. I am simply much to loquacious for that. So…

A few weeks ago when I left my acupuncture appointment, I jumped into a taxi to take me home. I said my usual “Hallo” and told him where I would be going. Then he grunted something, which was, to my ear, completely non-decipherable. So, I asked him what he said and he quickly shook his head and grunted something again under his breath. Continue reading “One potato, 2 potato 3 potato 4” »

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