We are busy here in Berlin.
In between starting German classes 5 days x week, learning basic programming, household chores/feeding the Big Hog, and trying to fit in some gym time, there’s not much space left in my day for bloggin’. So I apologize if I go a little M.I.A. for the next few weeks!
However, we did take some time off from serious pursuits last weekend to hang with old & new friends. There was a programming conference in town last week which gave Alex the perfect opportunity to meet new people and talk about his true love (coding) at the same time! We met some really cool nerds, found some new hangouts spots, and – in true Berlin fashion – stayed out ’til the sun came up.
Another highlight of the weekend was our first American-style German football game! It felt like a high school or middle school game, but it was still super fun. Between the smaller-than-average field, pre-teen cheerleaders, streakers, and the World Cup-style announcing (“FUUUUMMMBBBBLLLEEEE!!!”), nothing was quite ‘American’ but it was definitely unique. The most authentic thing about the game was the dismal weather – it was cold & rainy, just like any Monday Night Football game in November!
Here are some very misc. photos from the past few weeks, including a couple I rescued from Alex’s phone (aka where photos go to die).
1. Throwback to May 1st (known as May Day) which is somewhat similar to Labor Day in the States but with more rioting and Molotov cocktails. From our apartment we watched a few thousand riot cops and protestors parade down our street. Apparently the May Day protests used to be much more raucous and violent but are now more of a party/rally about whatever people have beef with: anti-capitalism, pro-communism, immigration rights, peace in Korea, etc.
2. It’s rare that we shell out the cash for a nice cocktail so I made sure to soak up every Don Draper moment of this Old Fashioned from Würgeengel in Kreuzberg. Würgeengel is a really cool spot – good mood lighting, red walls, intimate table settings.
3. American football! We headed over to the stadium at Mauerpark to watch the Berlin Adler do their best at tossing the ol’ pig skin. Even though the gameplay was a little lackluster, we had a blast eating hot dogs, drinking beer, and cheering for the home team (who obliterated the other team).
4. This is just a random picture of the sign in Alexanderplatz that, appropriately, was taken by Alex. No story here, I just liked it. 🙂
5. Our awesome friend and former Maid of Honor mailed us a care package full of American goodies! And a hilarious note explaining each pick.
6. Included in the care package was this super cool necklace featuring a map of the Washington DC area where we used to live! I love it.
7. Another throwback from a few weeks ago when we were chillin’ at a Starbucks, searching Ebay for bikes*, and realized we were across from Checkpoint Charlie (white building on the right). The surrounding area is always bustling with tourists visiting the museum and spending all of their Euros at the souvenir shops.
*Note: Yes, this means that we now own bikes. Which also means that I now ride said bike almost every day. Me. I am still a little scared of bikes but the convenience is winning me over.