I was missing home a little this past weekend.
It is cherry blossom season in D.C. and all of the pics on Instagram of the pretty trees has made me nostalgic. When we went to the cherry blossom festival last year there were hardly any blossoms on the trees (thanks to bad storms) and we had to go back a few weeks later to get the full effect. Despite the lack of blossoms, we had a great time with friends chillin’ at the marina in Southeast, drinking $14 Corona-rita’s (yay D.C.), and eating kebabs. Who would have thought that a year later we would be eating kebabs in Germany? Generally speaking, I don’t miss home too much yet but occasionally something triggers a little homesickness. Usually this feeling is linked to events we won’t be able to attend – graduations, weddings, concerts, holidays, etc. To cure it, I try to remember all of the things we can do because we’re here!
I haven’t seen any cherry blossoms here in Berlin but there are plenty of little surprises to discover in the city. Recently Alex and I were exploring our new neighborhood and decided to check out Volkspark Hasenheide, a large park nearby. It is definitely one of my new favorite spots! The park has 50 acres of open spaces and forested areas and is home to an open-air theater, mini-golf, dog parks, playgrounds, a rose garden, and my favorite feature: a small zoo!
The term ‘zoo’ might be a bit of an exaggeration for the small enclosures which mostly feature barnyard animals, but either way it was such a cool thing to find in a park! And it doesn’t cost a penny – or rather, a Euro cent.
After perusing the zoo we took advantage of the warm(er) weather by relaxing in one Hasenheide’s many open fields. The park was bustling with picknickers, cyclists, slackliners attempting to cross the valley. I am really looking forward to spending lazy weekend days hanging in the park when the weather warms up and summer finally arrives.
Special places like Hasenheide help to curb the homesickness that comes with expatriating. It is important to remember that, while you may be missing things back home, there is always something new and exciting to do/see in your new home. You just need to go out and find it!
To see more photos from Hasenheide park, click the link below!