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Day 3 – Berlin (April 2018)

Day 3 – Ich bin müde (I am tired) lol So last night I partied at this night club till 4 am…great time, great music. My taxi driver asked where I was from and I said Ich komme aus Amerika (I am from America) and his first reaction was “DONALD TRUMP IS THE WORST PRESIDENT!” I literally laughed out loud and agreed. He did clarify that the American people are very nice its just bad politicians…which I agree with.

Anyways today I decided to go the tourist route and see the Angel and Brandenburg Gate. I saw them on my last trip but this time the weather was beautiful…another 70+ degree day. For breakfast I had falafel and a coke.

I will say everyday I feel better about speaking German and Im being understood.

Soon I plan to go watch eine Fußball spiel (a soccer game). Arsenal vs Man United. Will keep everyone posted.

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Day 2 – Berlin (April 2018)

Day 2 – Yesterday was a long day but I got lots of sleep to enjoy today. I first had breakfast around the corner at this Turkish breakfast spot and had Turkish Mocca for the first time…very different tasting.

I walked south to this local flea market which was interesting. I continued walking to Tempelhof Airport which is an old airport from the Third Reich.

After seeing the airport, I walked all the way to the Spree River which runs through the center of Berlin. Today was so beautiful…70 degrees and everyone was outside.

Kreuzberg is beautiful and very artsy. Very multicultural.

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Day 1 – Continued – Berlin (April 2018)

Day 1 (Continued): So tonight I wanted to go to this party and they were playing punk rock music and wasnt feeling it. The guy hosting me for the AirBnb invited me to have a beer at this bar. This is one of the reasons I enjoy traveling…we talked about all types of things, where he grew up, how he feels about Trump, his life as a musician and being happy in life. You cant buy these experiences. We talked for about 2 hours as they were playing Raggae and people were dancing and having a good time.

Just a great experience.

Day 1 – Berlin (April 2018)

So today was a little bit of a short day in Berlin because I got in late.

Ive been trying to speak German as much as I can but literally everyone speaks english and turns it into an english conversation. My taxi driver kept switching to English but I kept replying to him in German lol.

My AirBNB guy is cool. I met him and said “Sie kennenzulernen” which means nice to meet you. He was stunned and said in german if I speak german, I replied “bischen” which means a little. I told him in German that Ive been learning for a year, he looked at me with a big face and said “WARUM?!” which means Why lol I told him I liked Rammstein and he told me how hes worked with then because hes a sound engineer.

So I walked from Kreuzberg to Alexanderplatz to take pictures since I didnt go there the last time. My feet hurt but worth it. Enjoy the pictures.

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My thoughts on my 15 days away

So Im officially back in America. It was a long 15 days in Europe but I had a great time. The world is a beautiful place. This trip took me out of my comfort zone by going solo but it allowed me to make new friends from all over and Im sure Ill stay in contact with.

I will say that I never felt in danger throughout the whole trip, everyone I encountered was pretty cool and helpful. My favorite places were a tie between Paris and Berlin for different reasons. Paris is absolutely beautiful no matter street you go down. Berlin was great for the party scene, the people were great and its a cool & interesting city.

Day 4 – Berlin (Sept 2017)

Day 4: This morning I decided to wake up early and get to the Brandenburg Gate at Sunrise. I got some great pictures and was my highlight of my own sightseeing. From there I walked to Checkpoint Charlie and took lots of pictures all the way there.

After going to Checkpoint Charlie, I realized I forgot all about the famous Angel statue that is in Tiergarten Park. Saw that it was 40 minutes walking distance, I decided to walk there and it was well worth it. Halfway there it started raining a little but it didnt matter to me. That is one of the most Beautiful tatues to see in person and it is very large as well.

After going there, my AirBnb was about 35 min away walking distance so I walked all the way back and picked up some Vietnamese food on the way.

I started my journey at 7 am at the Brandenburg Gate and finally got back to my place at 1130 am. This is the most Ive ever walked round a city and it was worth it. Berlin is a great multicultural city with friendly people. The club scene is considered one of the best in the world. Id love to come back.

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Day 3 – Berlin – Continued 3 – (Sept 2017)

Day 3 (Part 3): It finally stopped raining here but by time it did, the marathon was over. Since I missed the tour of the city I decided to do my own sightseeing. I wanted to try to walk from West Berlin to East Berlin. I walked for an hour and 20 minutes and made it to Mitte which is in the center of the city (Mitte translates to Middle or Center).

After my walk I stopped at another Turkish Restaurant for some chicken and fries. Tomorrow I want to try to wake up early and get to the big tourist spots.

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Day 3 – Berlin – Continued 1 (Sept 2017)

Day 3 (Continued): So my plans to go on the tour have been interrupted again because it’s raining and raining a lot…my tour is an outdoor walking tour. Also in Germany most stores are closed Sundays, so finding an umbrella is a challenge.

However, my walking in the neighborhood didn’t go wasted. There are a bunch of Turkish restaurants in my neighborhood and decided to give it a try for lunch.

My impression of the city is really good. As far as language, more than half the people I ran into spoke some English, some were very fluent a couple didn’t speak any. Even if they spoke little English, people were friendly enough to figure ways out to communicate. Everyone I’ve encountered has been relatively nice and you can tell it’s a chill city.

I’m going to figure out what to do today but the meantime going to watch Law and Order in German lol

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