Sunday, March 24, 2013

Just Another Spring Day in Berlin

Sunday Funday! We decided to finally explore the old Tempelhof airport, which is just south of where we're living. We knew it was a public park, of sorts, but didn't know what to expect. Good things, apparently. It. Is. Huge. The sun is shining but it's about negative nothing out, and windy, as you'll see (actual temp: -5C, -8C with windchill or upper teens in Fahrenheit).

It says 'US Army Aviation' on that building
perfect conditions for a football game, show up on your bike, please
and. the. kite boarders.
glad I wore my snow pants
lucky to have a beard during weather like this
We also saw a lot of great signage on today's walk - Kreuzberg, full of surprises.

don't be a... cosmosucka
Christ & Co Rentals

On our way home we stopped to get some fresh baked cakes - a Sunday requirement if you want to be a real German. One of the only places that is open on a Sunday is a tiny place just down the street from us. Thank goodness.
käsekuchen, flourless chocolate cake, and mohnkuchen (poppyseed!)
Ready for anything.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Being Tourists in Berlin

Sun! Today is the fourth day in a row that it's been completely sunny. Amazing. This winter has been, so far, the darkest (fewest sunlight hours) since they started keeping record here in Berlin. Oops. Not that it's been bad for me - I don't need reasons to wish I was running around outside. But over the weekend we did something we don't normally do: act like tourists.

We went to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). We did a bad job of taking photos of ourselves, but you get the idea. All the walking and sunshine was great for both of us. First Brandenburger Tor:

from the front


sunny side (from the back)

Then we walked all the way to the Berliner Dom and managed to go up all 270 stairs to the walkway on the outside of the dome. Pretty spectacular views.

Berliner Dom, Berlin TV Tower, and Mr. Moody


from the walkway - Berlin TV Tower

Next door at the Altes Museum, we got sidetracked by this lady:

very intense lion attack

Altes Museum

I was absolutely exhausted after that. A couple weeks in bed will do that to me, I suppose. But it made me excited about traipsing about Berlin and walking as a form of exercise. Hopefully we'll do more of this in the coming weeks.