Where Berlin - - Dining -

Come late Au­gust, vis­i­tors are shocked to see bak­ery dis­play cab­i­nets crawl­ing with wasps. What soon be­comes ap­par­ent, though, is the non­cha­lant re­ac­tion the lo­cals have to this black and yel­low in­va­sion; this is not a one- off af­fair. So while you’re re­sist­ing the urge to scream and run for cover, take heed of the fol­low­ing tips: If wasps are buzzing

around, keep your cool and just ig­nore; they’ll even­tu­ally re­al­ize there isn’t any food around and fly away. If eat­ing out­side, how­ever, ac­cept that you will have com­pany, and be sure to check your fork be­fore tak­ing a bite. Place coast­ers or saucers on top

of your drinks to help pre­vent any unwelcome swim­mers. And if you do get stung, ap­ply half a fried onion smeared in honey to the af­fected

area. Ber­lin­ers swear by it!

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