We have been blessed with warm weather and sunshine this week, and for the first time since I started my job, I feel like going outside at lunchtime. For the past two days, I’ve been walking around the neighbourhood, soaking up the sun.
One thing that’s striking in Berlin is the amount – and the volume! – of sparrows. They’re everywhere; they sit in every hedge and every tree, well hidden in the branches and chirping so loudly it hurts the ear sometimes. Walking down the street often feels like the foliage is yelling at you, that’s how loud they are. Personally, I prefer birdsong over pretty much every other city noise, so I don’t mind them, even if my coworkers complain.
The neighbourhood I work in is absolutely gorgeous; it’s in West Berlin and full of little cafés and shops, way too many bookshops, and even a couple cinemas. Café owners have put fresh flowers out on tables and window sills, and there’s a woman who sits in the sun right in front of her shop, soaking up the warmth.
Today, I went an bought myself an overpriced pineapple and raspberry juice so I could sit outside with the rest of Berlin, writing and watching. I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow.