berlin is a place with many contrasts, you have the dark and gritty places, the leafy squares with playgrounds and farmers markets, the big urban plazas, the underground, the trams and buses, the parks, the lakes, lots of old buildings but also big concrete slab apartment blocks. old people, young people, districts with very distinct and very different faces. that way, berlin is certainly no different to other big citys. but i love that it's so easy here to reach everything by public transport or bike. it'll take a while yet for me to get tired of it.
sometimes though, when i need a bit of green, i either take the s-bahn to one of the lakes in and around berlin, drive up to the baltic sea with friends or visit my parents who live by the north sea. if all fails - on my street, the sidewalks are very wide and many people have little make-shift terraces out there with tables, chairs and flower pots: i've got one, too. so friends come round, we'll sit outside, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and chat with the neighbours passing by.
in lieu of captions - i don't seem to be able to get my head around doing them 'properly':
top: a berlin 'terrace' on the sidewalk
next two down: breakfast at a friend's weekend house and the beach on usedom, an island in the baltic sea that's half german, half polish
bottom two: goats and sheep near my parents' home, having fun with my nephew
thanks as always to jane at spain daily for organising the corner views. take a look at other corners around the world:
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