Sitting still doesn’t work for me. Hitting three small German towns (including a Kulturstadt and a Lutherstadt, no less) in two days? Absolutely, I’m there. We ending up with Erfurt, Weimar, and Jena for two reasons. The very practical reason … Continue reading
About a month ago, S’s teachers sent a note home reminding us to send in a Lanternenstab. This led to me going “huh?” what?” for a while, to myself of course, followed by some hurried texting to Jon. I’m supposed to … Continue reading
Despite a lack of activity on this blog, we have been BUSY. There are constant plans or planning or waiting to plan, because who knows what our visitors will want to do and where will we feed them? And you know … Continue reading
I don’t know how to start this post except to say that the difficulties mounted this week. Olivia passed away.
You may remember the posts I wrote about my sweet little cavalier, and how worried I was about importing her. About two months before we moved she began to get sick, but our vet assured us that it was only a food intolerance and that she was fine. She wasn’t. Our vet here eventually diagnosed her with congenital renal failure. Our puppy barely had any kidneys at all.
She’s been gone one very lonely week.
And then we had visitors. Welcome visitors, wanted visitors, but such a low low followed by running around the city was too much for me. Yesterday I stayed in my pyjamas, watched Gilmore Girls, and cried while stuffing Cheezits (a well-timed present from our visitors) in my mouth. It was cathartic. Today I got dressed, went out for coffee, and watched Gilmore Girls. Progress.
There are still fun things for me to cover and some new trips in the future (Rome! Bavaria!), but for now I think I’ll do a little wallowing, maybe have a junk food binge, and finish Season 2.
We took our first trip (not moving, no other family) last weekend to Köln and it was something. S doesn’t remember the many times we jumped on a train or plane to visit other cities last time we lived in … Continue reading
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Taking a moment away from sightseeing to help those in need… Continue reading
We took turns doing things we have abject fears of this weekend. I went on a boat and only thought about what was UNDERNEATH the boat about 1/4 of the time. Jon went to the top of the Berliner Dom.
This was maybe the more exciting activity of the two for S, who didn’t understand why we couldn’t go all the way up to the “X.” The rest of us felt that 267 steps was quite enough.
I’ve been to the Dom quite a few times, but before this trip I didn’t know that it is entirely cared for and maintained by its congregation. Of course, the ticket sales must make up a large part of the budget, but given the size and grandeur of the Dom, its still fairly impressive!
After a very hot Schifffahrt down the Spree, I insisted on stopping at Neta for lunch. Like most Americans, I have a strong possibly ironic relationship to Mexican food. There cannot be enough of it and it can’t be spicy enough. A terrible lack of good Mexican food is the scourge of most European expats. So it was a surprisingly hot day – we’ve had more than enough of those in Berlin – and we’d just gotten off of a boat. I hate boats. I needed comfort.
So off to Neta.
At 12:30 there was only one other table, which should have been enough of a warning, but I reasoned it away with the the idea that its Sunday morning and most of Berlin is either still asleep or nursing a hangover over brunch.
I can’t say there was anything I enjoyed about the meal. The tacos were overstuffed and cold and Jon’s burrito came with the wrong filling. We very quickly decided that Delores is the better Mexican option in Berlin — although we still have to try Maria Bonita or Chapparo.
The boat ride down the Spree, however, was a big success for those of us who enjoy water-related activities. S spent the entire hour incredibly transfixed on the water.
Our boat, with Reederei Riedel, started outside of Hauptbahnhof and sailed east just past the Nikolaiveirtel. There are plenty of other cruise companies should you have a more specific wish to see something. We were just looking for something new to do with S. The hour-long ride was a little too long for her (there were a few babies on board who were very vocal about just how long it was), but she found the experience interesting enough and now we can check it off of our Berlin list.
Next she wants to take a train trip to a new city. Where should we go? S doesn’t care as long as she’s in the train for a long time!
Have you been to Berlin’s worst kept secret? The Tadshikische Teestube is one of my favorite places in the city.