22 October 2016

Bikes in Berlin, Kaffee and Schnapps

Germans like their coffee. (Stan's glad.)
But - what about that famous schnapps? 
-Keep reading.

We head to Berlin. 
 The entrance to our Airbnb in Berlin is NOT promising! 

Inside, the apartment is fine. It's okay.
And it's in Prenzlauerberg, where we want to be.

 Mikey and Iris are living there. 
(And there's a baby on the way-!)

Your own fault for making that face, Mikey! Nice Itchy Feet Comic t-shirt, though.
We borrow their bikes and terrorize the city streets. Not intentionally.
People actually follow the Rules of the Road here.
However: we're used to riding where and how we want.
It's hard to remember.

And: we're NOT the only ones on bikes!
So when we stop suddenly to check the map, you can IMAGINE the chaos we create.

The downside of living on the 4th floor!

Café lifestyle.
Berlin is flat. Bikes are a great way to enjoy the city. 
Lakeside in Berlin. Summertime! Last time we were here, it was bitter cold and snow.
And then? What else to do in Berlin in July?
Head to the country!
We rent a small house somewhere in the lake country of Brandenburg.

The flowers! The fruits! Everything so ripe. Lush.
There are 12 different types of fruit growing in the garden.

These would NEVER look this good in New Mexico.

So what do you do with ALL that extra fruit?
- Make schnapps.

The owner, Lore, has 7 different types of homemade fruit schnapps.
Each type is in a different, old-fashioned bottle.
We promise her we'll try at least a few.
(We did - I think raspberry - or apricot - won.)

We're REALLY in the country here. 
It's the "back of beyond" to those living in Berlin.
 Corn fields. Wheat fields. Chickens.

They sell blueberries, cherries, eggs, and chanterelle mushrooms by the side of the road.

It's VERY rural. 
We explore. We read. Draw.

Mostly, we just chill.
And then - Stan makes a salad for dinner. 
And afterwards - a small glass of homemade schnapps as a "digestive".

See? It's not always high adventure. 

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