Seeing the city in a new light.
Friends from Florida came to visit last week and one of them arrived by train at Berlin’s Hauptbanhof (main train station) early last Saturday morning. Right before the S-Bahn (local train) I was taking to meet him pulled into the main station, the sun peeked up over the horizon and dappled my mostly-empty train car with a fleece-soft golden light.
There’s a definite lack of horizon in our neighborhood due to all the stately apartment buildings, so this was the first true sunrise I’d seen since moving to Berlin last July. It was worth the wait.
Once I arrived at the Hauptbanhof, I flew up to the glass-walled top floor to revel in the glowing view a few minutes, then headed downstairs to meet our friend’s train. Though the sky grew increasingly gray as the day progressed, just the thought of its shiny beginning kept the glow alive inside me until night fell once again.