So last week it finally got to be summer and super hot and sunny here in Berlin. I think it was in the 90's most of the week and it is a good thing there are so many eis cafes around or I would have melted. It was a nice week - picnics in the park, eating lots of ice cream, cooling off in our apt. We were going to go swimming on Sat at one of the lakes, but then Sat was supposed to be overcast and thunderstorms so maybe this weekend. Sat we got up and went down to this veggie french bakery for a vegan brunch - I was told there would be croissants and crepes and such all vegan and all you can eat so I was pretty excited. We got there...and no croissants! There were crepes with jelly for filling and a few other things but nothing very exciting. I was very disappointed. Though since it was supposed to rain we took the subway down and on the way I noticed lots of markets so we had lot of adventures exploring on the way home.
There were markets everywhere, but most of them are just so so. There are a lot of stands with old things, records, and maybe some clothing but it is still fun to look. My favorite market though was the one pictured above along the river - this was like a craft fair with lots of artists selling their works and I loved most of them. A lot of them were not very expensive either and I got a cute robot print to hang up. Soon our house will be filled with robot pictures! It is a lot of fun exploring and finding all my cute shops and such. We have only really explored Friedrichshain so far and just a portion of that area (but there are is one street with a ton of crafty places on it that have super cute things so...). We will slowly work our way through the other neighborhoods and such as we have time. I am glad that we got here over the summer when it is warm out and still nice to walk around exploring. Everyone keeps saying how bad the winters are so we shall see. For now I am happy riding my bike around town.
Alright enough with my love of the Batman movies. How about other notes on Germany:
1) In the movie theaters besides having assigned seats you can get beer (though it is 4 Euro which is expensive for beer here), and you have a choice of salty or sweet popcorn. We only got the salty this time, next time I will have to try the sweet.
2) Bikes come with lights that have generators. The front and back lights are hooked up to the generator which you engage so it hits the rear tire and when the tire turns it charges the lights. I think it is pretty cool as no need for batteries! Why don't we have that in the states? I approve
3) I'm not sure if it is just that it is summer time or not but people wear a lot of bright colors here. It is awesome. Like black shirt bright blue pants bright pink shoes. It is fun.
4) Also on clothing (and this is probably just a summer thing) women wear a lot of see through clothing. On purpose. Like you wear a white bra with a see through brightly colored "shirt". I have not gotten on board with that trend as....I just don't know why I want see through clothing. It is also making it harder to find summer clothes here as in the shops the fabrics are all sooooo thin they are see through (even if they aren't meant to be). They also wear super duper short skirts and shorts. Raymond tells me I should get behind that trend.....
Alright well since it was so hot last week I didn't get much done in the yard. The yard right now is basically all weeds so I have to pull them all up and we are going to plant grass so we can actually use it. Hopefully it works out well. I started on that and am hoping to have it done this week. I should probably go work on that some more before it rains.