I'm not the biggest beer drinker. I prefer a nice double vodka, white wine, or even cider. But... when in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in Germany, with the Germans, I felt obliged to try the local hops. I'm probably a craft beer connoisseur now.
Berlin is such a unique city. In recent years it's been taking over with new (somewhat unwelcome) infrastructures and businesses with modern architecture and office blocks framing its skyline. But a city with such an incredible past remains full to brim with history and it's hard to miss the hundreds of war memorials, plaques and, obviously, the wall that once divided it in two. As well as this cool mix of the old and the new, Berlin is covered in art. Literally. It's streets are as brightly coloured and beautifully decorated as the world's most renowned galleries. It's impossible to ignore the alternative side of the capital with Punk commune's in abandoned buildings, entire areas dedicated to Graffiti and huge rave and clubbing cultures.
I was in Berlin for only five days, and it wasn't enough (especially accounting for hangover recovery time). We stayed in a hostel in the centre of the city right beside Alexander Platz - about a two minute walk from the TV Tower. The public tram and train system there is incredible and we made great use of it exploring the different areas. If you're going to Berlin soon you need to eat CurryWurst, do the Alternative Walking Tour, buy lots of vintage and go raving. If you're going for a longer time period check out the abandoned Theme park at Planterwald, the Reichstag goverment buildings' view of the whole city and the incredibly moving Jewish Holocaust memorial.
We were there just at the right time to browse the Christmas markets and enjoy the sunny, crisp winter weather. I want to go back again now and experience it in the Summer. It's just one of those places where you could never get bored.
I'll leave you now with a few more photos, instead of this rambling gush. Seriously great times were had and the post-holiday blues have well and truly set in.
I've been away from blogging for so long now it feels weird writing on here. I really need to work on figuring out my posts well in advance and being professional-level organised. If I'm taking this seriously, I should be taking this seriously, but I guess I'm just here to have a good time. Hope you're all enjoying yourselves. Do you.
P.S Does anyone know how to get Jessie's Girl out of your head? It's been stuck in mine for WEEKS.