Gal is pretty much the reason that office work is not as tiresome as it should be. Sure, the alleviation of boredom that Gal brings correlates pretty meanly with an alleviation of productivity, but you guys, thesis writing is soooo boring, I take what I get.
One of Gal’s many talents is the ability to accurately throw stress balls at my head, full velocity. It’s such a skill that I think he put it on his CV, and we’ve now both taken to wearing safety glasses in the office more often than in the lab. Which leads to the point that, when Gal told me that I absolutely must visit the Britzer garden, I got on my bikes, and visited that darn garden!
We waited until the weather started to look promising, and we guessed the tulips would be blooming, before cycling the 30 minutes (50, because we got very lost) down to Britzer Garden, situated a bit south of Berlin-Tempelhof.
Entry costs 3 euros (there isn’t a student discount), but it’s well worth it, and if you’re super lucky, like us, the fee will buy you a visual of flowers and a cat!
Britzer is designed a bit like someone’s ideal of a sprawling English garden with fields, complete with sculptures, ‘wild flowers’, hills and lakes, blossoming trees and even livestock! It was a not-quite-natural but not-cultivated-enough-to-look-super-fake vision that drove my heart and my shutter finger crazy.
We wandered around a bit, and soon hit a small canteen area, complete with the omnipresent German snack-hofs, and a slightly obnoxious guy touting the crowd.
I was pretty impressed by all the flowers, but Andy was driven forward by a healthy intent to climb the highest hill in the park, from which you can see all the way to the TV tower at Alex.
Germans (or I guess Europeans), love the sun. In a kind of crazy way, that you can’t quite understand if you’ve grown up and lived your life in a sunburnt country like Australia.
And Britzer Garden was pleased to indulge that love, providing lush grass and metal lounges. So here they were, in the earliest days of spring, sprinkled across the lawns, lounging and lazing and bathing.
I’m not sure
what this face is what either of these faces are.
I think I was excited by all the yellow.
The weather looked like it was about to turn, so we were headed out when we stumbled across the tulip patch. I can’t beleive we almost missed them!
After some minutes of gazing and oohing and aahing, the weather started to look even seedier, and my camera card got pretty full, so we made our way out.
We headed out there three or four weeks ago, so I think the tulips are still blooming strong, but you can always check the events and timing on the website before popping on over.