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WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

So, Dear Reader, you are awake. But are you really REALLY awake? As awake as 20 members of Berlin´s winter swimming club, Berliner Seehunde (Seals) from the borough of Lichtenberg?

On the morning of January 1, 2017 twenty out of 75 club members (aged between 12 and 75!) gathered at on the shore of a lovely Orankensee, a small lake in the locality of Alt-Hohenschönhausen, to take their traditional New-Year-dip.

A thin layer of ice covering the lake was hardly a hurdle for the merry crowd: dressed in fancy clothes, including top hats, bow-ties and red-and-white stripey old-school swimming suits, they waded in and submerged to the loud cheering from the impressed but less winter-proof audience. Thermometres in Lichtenberg showed +1°C…

Although we all missed the chance of joining Berliner Seehunde on their swimming party today – a fact which, I am sure, leaves us all with a heavy, HEAVY heart – there is hope. The club´s members meet every Sunday from September till April and that, needless to say, regardless of the weather.

So get your swimming trunks or swimsuits and your top hats ready – meeting point: the Orankensee next Sunday. Or the one following the next one. Or in three weeks. The latest;-)

Members of the «Berliner Seehunde» Winter Swimming Club during their New Year swim on January 1 in the Orankesee. (image by Jörg Carstensen, dpa)

Members of the «Berliner Seehunde» Winter Swimming Club during their New Year swim on January 1 in the Orankesee. (image by Jörg Carstensen, dpa)

One comment on “WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

  1. Gary Costello
    January 1, 2017

    A very cold way to start the new year. Brrrrrrrr. A warm shower was the way ahead for me this morning.
    All the same, I am fascinated by these free swimming clubs and would imagine that this one is rather old? Tradition is a marvellous thing and it is always great to hear that the traditions are being carried on by the young.
    Thanks for the post.

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