Teilhabe und Begegnung
Teilhabe und Begegnung • مشارکت و همکاری
Twenty people, five nationalities, four quarters, two teams, one basketball game. You probably wouldn’t think it that unusual, and honestly, it was the most American thing I’ve experienced since coming to Berlin. But the experience was surreal. We left in a group, taking the S-Bahn by storm, and approached the arena in the pouring rain. Once in, the familiar, homegrown smells of nachos and butter popcorn filled the air along with a sense of universal excitement. You could tell by the tone of the voices around you that everyone was ready for a good time. Filing into our seats, we folded our paper clappers decorated with a large picture of the Berlin basketball team, standing tall in yellow and blue. The players warmed up, the horns blared, and the game begin. We were seated directly behind the most loyal group of cheering fans. Decked head to toe in Alba Berlin gear, a sea of yellow that never sat down. They chanted and clapped in rhythm to their cheer songs, and the whole crowd followed, banging their clappers on their knees in an organized cacophony.
“Go Alba!” we yelled. “Ra, ra, ra!”
When you picture Berlin, what comes to mind? The bustling streets and plazas, the eclectic mix of architecture, or Brandenburger Tor? Perhaps you think of your own street, or the bikes, or the wind. You may have been in Berlin for years, months, or perhaps only a couple of weeks, but have you visited any of the 2,500 public parks that this city contains? I have explored a very tiny percentage of this huge variety of green spaces, but when I picture Berlin, its beautiful green spaces are one of my favorite parts. Below are just a few of the wonderful parks I’ve visited and why you should make them part of your Berlin experience, too!
Do you want to feel like you’ve left the city altogether? Lucky for you, Berlin has many lakes and forests where you can be transported into another world. One I have visited recently and adored is the Wannsee, a calm lake surrounded by towering trees and gentle hills (actual slopes in Berlin!). You can enjoy a walk with a friend or find some personal time to think while listening to the water lap or collecting the colorful autumn leaves. If I ever move back to Berlin, I want to live next to this lake.
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