As much as I love the whole very-early-spring-thing of this year, it has a down-side: very-early-park-littering. Some of the people who enjoy the sudden warmth by celebrating and bbq-ing in the parks think it’s totally fine to leave their trash behind. And it’s not only the plastic wrappers of convenience food, but one stumbles over blankets, balloons, cups, bags and I even saw the part of a hoover resting on a bench in a park. The city’s government is hardly to blame, there are giant bins almost everywhere and every Monday tireless workers hurry to remove most of the weekend’s debris. But this is on us – the people using and enjoying the parks are also in responsibility to leave them as pretty as possible. Without wanting to sound overly Leslie Knope here (I wish I had her stamina) – but thanks to a sudden rush of energy on Twitter, we decided to found a group on Facebook to discuss further action – it’s called Keep it Green and you should all join.
We saw a quite impressive amount of hail going down this week, which might have been exactly what Florian meant when he told me that Berlin’s gonna pay for all those very beautiful but very early spring days we enjoyed this March. Anyhow, April is upon us and until now there’s no weather app telling us glory is vanishing (19 degrees tmrw, again!). Before you go out and frolic, here are the best links of the week:
Spring is the time to let old habits go and establish new traditions. The Berlin blogging scene is flourishing like the cherry trees at Landwehrkanal and it would be a shame to not applaud their work. Which is exactly what we will do in a new weekly feature presenting the finest blogged content from the past week. Enjoy:
Is it just me or did the second half of 2013 go by in what felt like two seconds? Wasn’t it just summer? Inevitably, the year is over. And despite some minor and major confusions, it’s been a good year I’d say. Not only for me personally, but for this blog as well. The food section turned out to be the most popular, is by now kind of dominating all the others and had a grand finale in December’s first Berlin’s Best Bread competition. But shopping at the independent Berlin boutiques is still on our list, as is local fashion and art, and then there was the tremendously successful clothing donation event Warm Up!
I am also very glad you readers welcomed a new author, Toby Ashraf, presenting small films in his column Discover This (don’t miss his best of 2013 films list here!).
2014 will see some changes for this very blog (as every year), you might meet new authors and new topics, nevertheless, the focus will stay the same: portray Berlin in all its contemporary beauty.
Guten Rutsch and Happy New Year!
Thinking of the first edition of Stil in Berlin’s Warm Up just one week ago still makes me smile – and this video is bringing back the best memories: