Monthly Archives: June 2011

Dog’s Waiting Patiently

A trend I noticed in Zurich has continued to surprise me in Berlin. The German dog is a well-behaved beautiful creature! It never ceases to amaze me how calm and happy and patient these animals are. They know to wait for their owners outside of shops, and even if they grow a bit antsy in the waiting, they sit at entrances staring wistfully inside, wondering when they will be reclaimed.

Patient Golden waiting for his cup o tea

They even have been known to hang out at the office, calmly keeping everyone happy. I really can’t get over how well-behaved they are!

I found a Burnese at the hair salon!

And of course WWF has our very own well-behaved Mascot.

Lotte!

Summer in Berlin

Berlin is a beautiful city, particularly in the summer. So many people flood the streets and parks and lakes, soaking in as much sun as they possibly can to make up for a brutally dark and freezing winter. Being a newbie here, I am trying to make the most of the summer months, and explore the nicest summer spots where I plan to spend a majority of the next few months.

This weekend’s new discovery is Strandbad Wannsee. Only about a 30-40 minute S-Bahn ride from the center of the city, this little lake on a beach costs 4 Euro to get in, (or 2.50 if you are a student like I am…….) Once you get to the Nikolassee stop off the S7 or S1 you walk for about 10-15 minutes through a beautifully forested path until you see the entrance (and in all likelihood hundreds of people waiting to get in it!)

Entering the Lake

You then walk through the entrance and are blown away by the view of the lake, with a huge expanse of beach in front of you and across the way is nothing but trees and sail boats.

This was taken later in the day, but with the sun shining it's truly beautiful!

The first time I went with a group of friends was on Christi Himmelfart Day last Thursday, and the place was nearly empty when we arrived, which was quite peaceful.

So relaxing

And it wasn’t until much later that the beach became packed. Or like yesterday when we only arrived at about 3 PM it was already pretty packed. Though the nice thing about a lake with a long sandbar is there was plenty of room in the water to hang out without bumping into other people.

It seemed all the space was taken up, but we still managed to find a spot!

So my first summer lake experiment has been incredibly successful and I can’t wait to find where to go for the next one! I’ve heard of lakes with dog beaches, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be heading there next!

Kitchen Update!

So after threatening to walk out on the apartment, explaining I would under no circumstance take the place without a kitchen, the owner conceded and even one-upped me. He agreed to buy a brand new full IKEA kitchen for the place, including the dishwasher and large fridge I had been dreaming of!

So I spent all last Saturday in IKEA with his step-daughter and his “craftsman” as he is called designing the space and picking appliances, sinks, cabinets, and counter colors. 3,200 Euros later my kitchen design was complete and all the pieces picked out! And I have to say I am just completely grateful I did not have to invest in the pieces myself, (but promised the owner I would take extra good care of everything!)

So just to let you know that humanity is good and good things can happen to (mostly) good people, here are a few snaps of the progress so far!

Appliances are in and cabinets are backordered!

But it's coming along beautifully!

Cannot wait to start cooking in my very own luxury gourmet kitchen!!