Humbling experiences rarely happen in a persons life but when you experience it, it can have a great affect. One of those experiences for me has been learning a new language, more specifically, learning German. I believe most people I run into would say “I wish I knew a second language” but it’s difficult to make that next step into actually doing it. I’ve realized that learning a new language is like losing weight…everyone wants to do it and it’s very challenging but when you make progress it’s extremely rewarding. Learning a language is more than just another form of communication and I learned this first hand.
You ever have that feeling of deja vu? I swear I have it every time I tell a friend that I’m going to Berlin and their response is inevitably “Again?”…yes AGAIN. I never have a chance to really explain in detail why I love Berlin and why I keep going back to this wonderful city. First let me state that I’m biased to Germany in general. I took an interest in the German language which led for me to meet native German speakers and to eventually go to Germany. Even with me being biased, I still have great reasons why Berlin should be somewhere on your shortlist if you’re planning to go to Europe.
Day 9 – Last full day in Germany and I really enjoyed myself. Today I walked through the tourist area and took a panaramic picture of the Brandenburg Gate as well.
Afterwards I went back to Kreuzberg and had some Austrian Wiener Schnitzel as recommended by a friend. It was my first and it was very good.
Resting for now. Might go out tonight, we shall see. Enjoy the pictures.
Day 8 – Best decision I made was to come back to Berlin for the last couple of nights.
So it’s official, Berlin is my favorite European City. So multicultural, it’s a young, vibrant and interesting city. I’ve never had anything bad to eat in this city either lol.
With me losing my euro cellphone, I decided to buy another one. Found a cheap one but it has new features like panaramic picture taking.
After a little sightseeing, I had Lebanese food with my roommate and then met up with my new friend Kylo and his band mates for beer. Had a great time once again. Enjoy the pictures.
Day 3 (Continued) – I went to the Irish themed pub to watch the Arsenal vs Manchester United game and was a good time.
So tonight is my last night in Berlin. In the morning Im taking a train to Munich and will be staying in a hostel while Im there.
Berlin is a great place. People are nice, lots of good food, very multicultural, terrific night life and lots of history.
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.
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.
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.