Breaking News: I’ve found lake utopia in Berlin

I don’t think it bears repeating that winters in Berlin are miserable. Long, dark, grim, isolating, bitter, bone-chillingly damp, and miserable. So as every Berliner knows, once warm weather hits, the pressure is on to make the most of the glorious but short-lived summer. Me, I have a mental bucket list, and summer does not […]

Into the Wild // Camping on Berlin’s edge

Waldeinsamkeit: the feeling of solitude that descends when you’re alone in deep, quiet woods. (And also one of the loveliest German words, don’t you think?) Berlin is ringed on all sides by the state of Brandenburg, whose rural terrain and small, parochial towns are a pretty stark contrast to the über-cool capital city. It’s quite […]

Kleiner Müggelsee // A perfect summer day at the lake

The first thing you’ll notice when stepping off the X69 bus is the warm, sweet scent of pine wrapping you in its olfactory embrace. Between the hundreds of lakes, canals, rivers and waterways, Berlin has no shortage of choice when it comes to outdoor swimming. What makes Kleiner Müggelsee special amongst this glut of options […]

The Schrebergarten Diaries // One girl’s adventures in Berlin-style urban gardening

I am the proud owner of a Schrebergarten, a.k.a. a Kleingarten–you know, one of those expanses of fenced-in gardens you’ve most likely seen from the S-Bahn. The English translation of the word, allotment garden, doesn’t really do the concept of Schrebergarten-ing justice. For there is so much culture and tradition and politics behind these little […]