|Inside of the Fredrichstadt :Palast|
|Kathie Having a Great Time on The Spree River Cruise|
|Bill on the Spree River Cruise - Note the Souvenir pins on his hat.|
- Spargel – Spargel is the German word for asparagus. It’s thick, white asparagus, not the little green asparagus that we are used to. Every German restaurant has a Spargelkarte (Asparagus menu) in the spring that features this vegetable. The Spargelkarte will be around as long as the asparagus is and then will be replaced by strawberries. Then we will know that it is truly summer.
- Scarves – I have never seen as many women wearing neck scarves as I have seen in Germany. Once the weather turned warm, I expected them to be put away, but the majority of women still seem to wear them. We bought Denise and her Mom scarves for their birthdays. If I could figure out how to tie them as well as German women do, I wouldn’t leave here without one.
- Man-bags – very practical for men – definitely not a hit in the US. Lots of men – especially younger men – are carrying man bags.
- Schoolbuses – There are no school buses in Berlin. The children take public buses, U-Bahn,
- Beach Clubs – There are no real beaches on the river in Berlin, but there are Beach Clubs. Come on down, find a deck chair, get a drink, and watch the action on the river.
- Being Outside - If it’s not raining, Europeans are outside at their cafes, on the riverbanks, in the parks – everywhere. They are chatting, walking, bicycling, sunning, drinking, eating, and just hanging out. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold out.
- Butter – if you get butter with a meal other than breakfast, you have probably been spotted as an American. There will be fabulous bread – but no butter. In some restaurants, you will be asked to pay separately for the bread.
- Graffiti – graffiti is an amazing art form in Berlin. There is obnoxious obscene graffiti like you will find anywhere, but much of the graffiti in Berlin is truly artistic.
- Babies – babies go
everywhere. Moms and Dads take
babies in their strollers on buses and trains and put them on the fronts
and backs of their bicycles. Bill
helped a Mom yesterday who was trying to get down the stairs at the S-Bahn
with a baby carriage and toddler in tow, carrying the toddler’s bicycle. In our automobile driven US worlds, we
would never consider such a thing.
Beach Club on the River Spree
|Molecule Men (There are Three) on the River Spree. Can you spot the third one?|
|Spotted this boat while having dinner on the River Spree.|
Adele was my Mom's name.