Wednesday night I flew to Berlin to begin a 2 week European jaunt. My favorite thing about Berlin is getting to hang out with my friends. In addition to Keith, Harald and Malka who live in Berlin my friend Jim (a former New Yorker) flew in from London. Ever notice how much more glamorous things sound in Europe? Somehow saying: He flew in from Buffalo doesn’t have the same impact. Anyway… as you can probably gather from my silence over the last coupe of days things have been pretty busy add in jet lag and Berliners crazy night life which doesn’t really get going until 2 and well, you get the picture.
However, not all my time was spent at Ficken 3000. I spent a great amount of time in the country. Now for those of you who know me you know I am not a fan of the country. But this is different.
All over Berlin there are these cottage communities, each substantial plot of land has a tiny cottage on it. Last year Keith and Harald’s name come up on the waiting list for one of these cottages in a community a 25 minutes subway/bus ride away from their home in super trendy Neukölln.
Outside their apartment are organic grocery stores, local cheese shops, Hipster Bavarian Bars, a new Korean take away place that rocks, some of the best Thai Food outside Thailand, tons of bars of every persuasion and if that weren’t enough hipsters now forgo drinking at bars choosing instead to take over a Spätkauf (bodega) where they buy their beer and just party outside on the street.
25 minutes away from all that is this:The boys have been working their asses off as you can see. Keith has been on me for years now about moving to Berlin and opening up a Taco stand, as Mexican food is a rarity and when you find it, well, to be kind, it’s just not very authentic. So as a final nights goodbye we made a little bit of a Mexican fest, featuring fish tacos, black beans, rice, cole slaw,salsa fresca, guacamole and local Strawberries mit schlag. That is Stella guarding the table.It’s hard to get your head around how you can be in someplace that is still well within the Cities limits. Something that makes Berlin so special is how green it is. We saw a fox on the way back to the bus the first day we visited. Lots more to come, I’m just getting settled into my hotel in Vienna and need to go explore and eat. Oddly, it turns out both the restaurants in my hotel have an American theme to them? One is a Jet stream trailer they sell burgers from the other is an American Themed Italian place…mmmmmm we shall see.Greetings from the farm in Berlin 😉