April has absolutely flown by. It’s hard to believe that April 1st marked our return from Paris- it feels like we just got back! The month has just two days left, but it feels like no time at all has gone by.
We finally began to enjoy the pleasures of spring two weeks ago with an Irene’s awesome birthday bbq in Golitzer Park. It was the very first warm day of the season and Berliners turned out in mass to celebrate the change in weather. We splurged 10 Euros on a grill and it turned out to be a big hit at the party. We’re hoping to get a lot of use out of it this summer. The options for grilling and public drinking are two of our favorite things about Berlin. and we’re glad we were able to christen the grill at such a fun occasion.
In addition to breaking out the grill, Spring has brought back many more of our favorite Berlin activities- the main one being enjoying German beer outdoors. We’ve had many a great afternoon drinking beers and munching on pretzels at our favorite biergarten, Schleusen Krug. We’ve also taken advantage of the many parks in Berlin, visiting Tiergarten, Friedrichshain Volkspark, Mauerpark, Tempelhof and our local green spot- Kollwitzplatz.
The warm weather has also made us more social and we’ve enjoyed some fun evenings out with friends enjoying small concerts, frequenting bars and even coming in third at Hudson’s Cakes Thursday night pub quiz!
This month we also made it to one of Berlin’s famous landmarks and top-rated spots on TripAdvisor, the Berlin Philharmonic. It was the April date I planned for Dave and we had a great evening enjoying the music of Beethoven, Hindemith and Sibelius. The Philharmonic is an awesome building, with amazing acoustics. It has 360° seating and even though we were technically behind the musicians the sound was incredible. Definitely an experience worth checking out if you make it to Berlin.
As the last weekend of April winds down we’re working on some of the details of our honeymoon, doing a bit of wedding planning, getting ready to file German taxes and packing for Greece. Dave’s been hard at work on his thesis and I’ve been hard at work at Phorms. Now I have just one more day of work until we leave for two wonderful weeks exploring Santorini, Sifnos, Milos and Athens and we can’t wait!!!
We hope you’ve all had an as fun and productive month as we have- we’ll be back with updates from Greece in a couple weeks.