Volkspark Rehberge is located in the northwest of Berlin, a three-minute walk from our apartment. The park was laid out between 1922 and 1929. It covers an area of about 78 hectares. Together with the neighbouring Goethepark to the south-east it covers about 115 hectares. Lake Plötzensee and the surrounding green spaces border on the south-west. As well as walking and cycling paths and sunbathing lawns, Volkspark Rehberge has an animal menagerie, playgrounds, a toboggan run with a 20-metre drop, a sports field, a restaurant and an open-air theatre. What I like most about this park is that I only see local people. It is very quiet.
Since we moved to Berlin in the early spring of 2019, when it was still cold, our lives have taken some unexpected turns. In some ways, our lives have worked out exactly as we had imagined. This summer in Berlin has been marked by a series of strange, un-European weather conditions. It was humid, like a subtropical climate, with frequent storms. At the end of June, our summer holiday plans were all but cancelled when my partner Sam was diagnosed with lymphoma (diagnosed in August and currently undergoing chemotherapy). In the six weeks leading up to Sam’s diagnosis, we focused on keeping our spirits up and, with a young daughter to look after, making our daily lives as normal as possible. In preparation for Sam’s upcoming treatment, we made it a routine to walk through Rehberge every day.