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Bits from Berlin

I’ve been busy all night working on a project for the blog and trying to get ready for the new school term which starts on Monday.

Before going to bed, I wanted to share a few photos from the time we spent in Berlin.

Sebastian and I carpooled from Bonn to Berlin on Friday morning. The traffic was so bad that the driver decided to get off the autobahn and take country roads instead for part of the way.

It was wonderful to drive with the windows down as we passed farms and fields of canola.

P4225872 P4225873 We arrived in Berlin around 6. We sat around talking with Sebastian’s dad and brother for a few hours then went to a party at the house of one of Sebastian’s friends.

Saturday, we spent the day with Pierre. He is one of the most genuinely nice people I know.

P4235878 We walked around all day, had an ice cream and stopped for a beer a the beer garden.

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Later Saturday night, we went to a BBQ with a group of friends. P4235879

This was the first trip that I was able to speak with everyone in German the whole time. I understood almost everything and was able to confidently say what I wanted to say. Although my speaking is certainly not correct, I am finally able to be understood in German. Hip, hip, hooray!

Easter Sunday was a little strange for me this year.

I knew that we were going to the baptism of Sebastian’s baby cousin, but assumed that the service would be a part of the Easter Sunday service.

Sadly, it was only the baptism.

So, although I went to church on Easter Sunday, I didn’t go to an Easter service. First time in 25 years.

Although this made me feel sad, there was plenty of happiness surrounding the baptism that I tried to focus on that.

P4245882 The gorgeous church is right next door to Sebastian’s grandparents’ house.

P4245881 Here’s the proud Papa and his adorable son, Nico.

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Nico was really well tempered throughout the service and didn’t even cry when the holy water was poured on his head.

P4245916 One difference between baptisms that I’ve been to in the US and in Germany is that in Germany the baptismal gown isn’t put on the baby until after the baptism is complete.

After the baptism, the whole day was spent celebrating family.

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Naturally, coffee and cake were included.

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Sunday was a gorgeous, warm day. Perfect for spending time outside.

I spent most of the day with my favorite little girl, Nathalie, Sebastian’s cousin’s daughter.

P4245922 Even though I only see her 1-2 times a year, she remembers me and is always super excited to play with me.

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I feel the same way about her.

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The 6 cousins.

I find it funny that two of Sebastian’s cousins have children older than the youngest cousin.

All guests were expected to be photographed with Nico.

P4245967 Although it didn’t start so well…

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we eventually got a decent photo with the baptismal boy.

For the next few days, my camera barely saw sunlight.

We spent a lot of time just relaxing with friends.

On Wednesday, we took the train back to Bonn and arrived safely at home.

Although I was really missing my family and was constantly thinking about my trip back home last Easter, I still had a wonderful time in Berlin.

Alright, time for bed. Tomorrow is a pre-work work day so wish me concentration, focus, creativity and luck!

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After 5 days in Berlin, we made it back to Bonn safely this evening.

This time around, the Berlin trip was full of Bs.

Baptism

BBQs

Beer

Not necessarily in that order.

More on Berlin to come later, for now, I’m off to do a couple more Bs.

Bath

Bed

Enjoy this previously planned post on a delicious bread that came easily be added to any BBQ this grilling season.

Although this may seem too simple to deserve a recipe, this half-homemade garlic bread is too good not to share.

P4095306 Simple, herby garlic bread- what could be better?

P4095258  I used an olive baguette, chives and parsley along with the standard soy butter, salt, garlic and spring onion.

P4095260 Juicy chunks of olives really added to the taste.

P4095265Slice the bread diagonally without going all the way through.

P4095267  See? Still together although cut apart.

P4095270My food processor is on the fritz so I used a hand-held submersion blender to mix together the garlic herb butter.

P4095272  Spread the slices apart and generously smear the butter inside.

P4095273 Lookin’ good.

P4095277 Place the loaf on aluminum foil and wrap it up.

P4095278 This can be cooked in the oven or even on the grill.

P4095300 Such a lovely reward.

Ingredients

1 loaf French or Italian bread

4 Tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 small shallot or 1 spring onion

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup fresh herbs such as parsley, chives or rosemary

salt to taste

Method

  1. Cut the bread diagonally into 1.5 inch slices being careful not to cut all the way through.
  2. Add the butter, shallot, garlic, herbs and salt in a food process and combine until well mixed.
  3. Spread the butter mixture between the bread slices, wrap the loaf in aluminum foil and bake at 500 F for 5-7 minutes.

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