The First of May is a bank holiday here in Germany as it is the Tag der Arbeit (labor day) and May Day in Berlin is celebrated quite differently than it is in the South where we used to live. There it is a day to ride bicycles from village to village eating Bratwurst and drinking Maibock (a strong, dark beer made only in May- it is my favorite). Here in Berlin, May Day is a day of protests with a long history of riots as well, some are labor unions while other demonstrations are more radical. We rode our bicycles to MyFest, which is a giant party in the streets of Kreuzberg and a peaceful alternative to the demonstrations which sometimes turn to into violent clashes with police. You all know I love festivals, we drank a couple beers, listened to music, ate turkish street food and enjoyed the sunshine- all in all, a pretty amazing afternoon.
It now seems we are back to spring weather, but the little taste of summer got me so excited about the months to come- this city really shines when the sun is out.