Sunday Selections

Sunday Selections

May 24, 2015

Finally it feels as though summer is right around the corner. Berlin put on a show for us this weekend with balmy days, lots of sunshine and a weekend of festivals thrown into the mix. There’s nothing like a festival or two to make you feel like summer has arrived is there? Yesterday, a few lovely friends and I checked out the Spargel (Asparagus) International Festival. Yes, that’s right. There’s a whole festival dedicated to Asparagus here in Berlin. Germans love are obsessed with Spargel and go slightly mad for it in spring when it comes into season. Despite the image that undoubtedly has come into your mind, the festival was surprisingly cool. International chefs from countries all over the world created their own variations of their national dishes, all featuring the beloved Spargel. There were cocktails and music and the set-up overlooked the Spree. It was a nice afternoon.

The weekend of festivities didn’t stop there, however. No. The 20th annual Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) was held in Berlin this weekend. This festival celebrates the cultural diversity of Berlin and is basically a four-day street party in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. It’s one of the biggest festivals of the year and over one million people descend on this part of Berlin to take part. Culinary delights from all over the world are on offer for festival-goers to enjoy. Today we saw the street parade slowly make its way across Kreuzberg, floats blasting music from all over the world, a swarm of people partying in its wake.

Yeah, it was a pretty nice weekend to be in Berlin. And it’s not over yet! There’s (another!) public holiday tomorrow. How great is May?!

Karnival der Kulturen

Here are this week’s favourite links:

WATCH: I’ve never been to Morocco, but this video makes me want to book a flight!

READ: Australian born 13-year-old Réka Kaponay is choosing an alternate education to the conventional one. She describes herself as having enrolled in the ‘School of Life’ and has been travelling the world for the past three years. Read her story here.

EAT: These look so yummy and healthy, don’t they?

MAKE: This is such a nice idea for a summer garden party.

BUY: How darn cute is this?

GO: Did you guys see my post last week on World of Wanderlust on 10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel to India This Year? Posting this made me want to go back there so badly!

What did you get up to this weekend? Join the discussion below!

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  • Reply Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki May 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I want to be in Berlin, sounds like so much fun things happening!

    • Reply The Department of Wandering May 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      There are so many fun things happening in Berlin at the moment Kiki. But I have to say, I’d rather be exploring Iceland — your photos are incredible! x

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