my new books

This week I made it to Dussmann, an enormous book and music store here in Berlin. They have an entire English bookstore inside the larger store. I got both English and German versions of Maria Treben’s “Health from God’s Apothecary”. My first German-language book! It’ll be a long project to work my way through it. […]

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

Yesterday I went to the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum, at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. (History of Medicine Museum at the Charity Medical School, Berlin.) When I first arrived I had a few extra minutes before I was to meet with my friend, so I walked around the grounds and absorbed the feel of the place. I […]

my local bio farmer’s market

Wow, I finally made it to the Kollwitzplatz Farmers Market, the oldest all-organic market in Berlin. I felt too shy about my German to talk to the large, hearty herbalist who was sharing shots of her homemade Schnapps with her neighboring vendors. Maybe next time. I bought delicious heirloom white carrots, wonderful with butter and […]

Trip to an Herb Shop

Strolling down the lovely Kollwitzstrasse one evening, I thought perhaps I was seeing a mirage. Could it really be? An organic herb shop? Just a few short blocks from my flat? I returned during business hours and confirmed that it was really true. Herbathek has that wonderful European health aesthetic: simple, clean, spare. Like herb […]

The Parks

I’ve been surprised to find that many of the parks here are so overgrown. Like many aspects of life here, they don’t correspond at all to the stereotypes of Germany we hold in the States – orderly, uptight, exacting. That stereotype of loving flowers and herbs, though? That one’s true. Here’s some raggedy old St. […]

Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden

When I travel, I like to see health food stores, natural history museums and botanical gardens. So the first real tourist destination I made it to in Berlin was the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden. I got off the train at the Botanischer Garten stop and followed the signs along streets named for tulips and geraniums and […]

Running Into An Old Friend

I knew that the balcony flowerboxes in Germany were legendary and made sure that the flat we rented had them. Even if my balcony were in full shade, I figured I’d make the best of it. As it happens, my balcony faces northeast by east, so it gets a couple few hours of morning sun […]

Gruß Aus Berlin!

Well, I never would have guessed that I’d ever be living in Berlin and trying to learn German, but here I am. When my partner got a job offer here, I jumped at the opportunity to take a sabbatical, to write and sort of collect myself before the next phase of my life. My plan […]