Fly back nearly six months’ time to the middle of Feburary, and you’ll peek in on Andy and I, after weeks of panic, joyfully being offered not one, but two of our possible Berlin favourite apartments.
You might be surprised to hear that choosing between the beautiful, finished, kitchen-furnished, easy-commute, large-bedroomed place on Uhlandstrasse, and the kind-of-shabby, floorless, kitchenless, place with a ‘huge’ hole in the wall wasn’t that easy.
Because the second neglected thing- which, you might be even more surprised to hear, we chose- had ½ a room more, was in a super-beautiful location, and had a balcony.
And that last part, that sold it for me. Luckily, when Andy had finished writing up his pro and con list, he came to the same decision. The second location would be ours- it just needed a little love!
And for me, love comes mostly in the form of flowers!
Last week we went to an English Comedy event where some guy joked about how much value Germans put into the Balkon: ‘You step inside, and then you get to go outside again’.
Dude. You just don’t get it.
Our balcony opens from a single door- not quite as grand as the double-french-window set up of the old place- but nonetheless pretty darn inviting.
Can you see those tall things sprouting up? Sunflowers! We had four or five last year, and they were the height of my balcony joy.
This year, I sprinkled a few leftover seeds, then panicked when nothing sprouted within a few weeks. So I sprinkled more- and now I have 10 or so plants vying for soil, space and water.
Hey mum- do you recognise the placemats?
A little reminder of home and our awesome Australia flora.
Last weekend we forgot to bring them inside and when a sudden storm hit (summer in Germany eh?), one of them broke free, flapped its wings and landed on the windowsill of a neighbour. Andy used his German Skills to sweet talk his way into the building, and then when the occupant wasn’t home, convinced the folks in the next appartment over to fish it from the ledge with some sort of broom.
What a hero!
But for now, those planters are doing their best to be productive.
Obsession number 3: Coriander.
Which I never liked so much before, but right now just can’t get enough of. Especially with some avocado, tomato, salt and maybe a bit of sharp cheese.
Mint- totally loving life and climbing everywhere.
And of course, more sunflowers, and other assorted Pretties.
So what do you think? Can you get on the Balkon Bandwagon?