Love is in the air, and as we all know, love isn’t JUST blind, it’s often brain scrambling. Will Dima really call Ian and make a date that could turn into a international incident? Looks like! But Mark and Juliette? They sure aren’t sitting still for it!
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The apartment off Wittenberg Platz and the kneipe on the ground floor are based on my own life. I ate there very often and I started out my evening there the night the Berlin Wall fell. The video gambling machines Juliette hears beeping and buzzing were fixtures in German bars of the era.
Speaking of bars, a German kneipe is something like a combination of an English pub and a French brasserie. A kneipe is typically a neighborhood fixture, a place to enjoy a beer and have a snack or a meal. Contemporary kneipes are are often brightly lit and cheerily decorated, more like a brasserie in that respect than a traditional pub. The food is usually casual, but the kitchens often take a lot of pride in their cooking. As a young American steeped in puritanical ideas about beer, I was quite astonished to find kneipes very popular with families with children. Also, seeing a young teenager enjoying a small beer with their family took some getting used to!
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