I always thought the Mauerpark was kinda gross, but I've slowly come around to it. If you don't mind clumpy grass mixed with a healthy dose of cigarette smoke and graffiti, I feel confident you will see the charm of the Mauerpark in time.
One of the coolest parts of Hamburg is the old warehouse district. Huge brick warehouses sit right in the canal system near the harbour. Spanned by iron bridges, spiral staircases, and circular balconies... the old Speicherstadt is something you have to see.
You know when people say things like 'I am no expert in blah-blah-blah' and then continue to give their opinions anyways? Well, I am no expert in architecture, but in my opinion, these are the contemporary architectural highlights that are not to be missed.
If you are in Berlin and it is hot, I recommend you make your way to the train and head'er straight to the lake. There are many lakes around Berlin, but Schlachtensee is said to be the cleanest and most scenic. We didn't need to be told twice on a hot May holiday: we packed up our towels, sunscreen, and snacks and headed west on the S1.
I was biking home from work and the light was so nice, I decided to stop and take some pics. I bike past the Monument to blah blah blah (shorten the name already... seriously...) every day but never stop.
In spite of the fact that I was working like crazy, my time management skills came in quite handy. I stayed a bit later on Tues/Wed so that I could take Thursday and Friday evening off. The weekend was filled with such delights as cake from Koriat, pistacio filled mini-magnums, tickets to see Laura Marling (which was awesome), and a sunny brunch at Restaurantschiffe Van Loon. I still managed to finish the perspectives with time to spare, which obviously just meant that people could nitpick about stupid things like what color the benches in the far off distance are.
Today I went into work, but they were having meetings all day so I got a day off instead. This worked out kinda nice because it is the first sunny day in a long time, and Jed is going to start working back at Nieto Sobejano next Monday. It's our last free time together during the week. So we decided to go for a walk to Viktoria Park.
A few days after we got back from Canada, we moved into this lovely apartment on Arndtstrasse in Kreuzberg. It's in the Bergmannkiez just south of Gneissenaustr. I am so stoked to be on the 4th floor again as it means we get sunshine. And sunshine in the wintertime means not losing yourself in bleak depression.