Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Berliner Bunnies

A couple of months ago, we noticed that our neighbors suddenly had a bunny cage in their back yard.  We live on the 4th floor of our building, and these are our 1st floor neighbors directly underneath us.  They are always nice to us as our children fawn all over their cats and yard while we schlep the bikes and stroller into the basement through the backdoor.

Today, as Annika and I returned from a bike ride, she rode ahead and went to play in their yard while I locked up my bike and walked around to the back of the building where she was.  She was asking them about the bunnies, and they were attempting to explain why they were gone now.  They looked noticeably happy to see me so that I would translate for them.

The conversation went like this (but in German):

Me: What happened to the bunnies?

Matthias: They had to go to a new home.

Me:  Did the cats really eat them?

Matthias: No no, they just kept digging in the yard.

<I explained this to Annika in English briefly, while Matthias listened nodding his head and noting which words I used for future reference.>

back in German...
Matthias: They dug a hole this deep. <gestures his hands about 2 feet apart.>

Me: Really.  Wow.  No wonder you had to get rid of them.

Matthias: Yes, they actually dug under the fence into the neighbors yard.

Me: Oh no.

Matthias: Yes, they are real Berliners, digging tunnels to the better side.

Much laughing ensued.


  1. That's awesome. Sad part is, a whole generation will never get the joke.



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