Beautiful saturday in berlin

Hi, friends and readers:

It’s a perfect day here in Berlin. At 10:30 A.M. the sun is shining and the temperature’s around 75 F. I’ve got my windows open and the birds chirp and  flowers on my balcony are in bloom.

In Berlin, all the shops close on Sunday, so it’s necessary that today I stock the kitchen with food, beer and wine so I don’t run out of something I need on Sunday evening. This means two trips with the “Grandma Cart”: one to the supermarket, one to the beer/wine/liquor market.

Friends are taking me out to dinner tonight — a nice treat. Afterward, I will likely visit the Nollendorfplatz area to take part in the anuual gay/lesbian pride festival and patronize a night spot or two. It’s always busy there on Saturday nights and with the nice weather and the festival the crowds will likely be huge. There’s an outdoor bar named Hafen where men gather around ten P .M.  I’ll find a stool and savor the sights and maybe I’ll get lucky and meet someone special. (I wonder if the young man in this drawing will be at the festival …?)

Here is the view from my balcony this morning.  Aren’t my flowers eye-catching? (Geraniums and impatiens.)  I’m on the fourth floor of my building and my balcony faces east so it receives the morning sunshine. Despite the fact that I am Berlin balcony 005surrounded by the apartment buildings you see in this photo, it is virtually silent here, even with the doors and windows open. Berliners enjoy their quietude, much as they enjoy their flowers, trees and shrubs. It is the greenest large city I have ever visited.

Okay, last night I had two friends for dinner — Jens and Julian — and I was just too lazy to wash the dishes after they left around midnight, so now I must get busy and clean my kitchen.

Best regards to all of you. I hope your Saturday is as beautiful as mine. Take an hour off from your chores and errands. Settle down with a cup of coffee and a good book  (preferably one mentioned on this blog) and remember: reading is therapeutic.

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