Berlin

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
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Trip End Sep 17, 2011


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Friday, November 14, 2008

My latest expedition was a quick trip to Berlin. As with the majority of my trips it all started with Kim saying "ooo look Ryanair sale....where shall we go now?".....20 quid for a weekend away is just too good to refuse. The plan was to fly out Friday night after work and come back Sunday night but unfortunately a schedule change left us having to return at ridiculous o'clock on Sunday morning leaving us with only one full day to cram in everything there is to see in Berlin.
 
We stayed at what was supposed to be one of Europe's best backpackers but after having stayed at the gorgeous Meninger in Vienna it just didn't quite compare. After our flight landed on Fri night and by the time we settled in it was only a couple of hours until we had to get up and start our speed tour of Berlin.
 
Now it wouldn't be right  if I didn't mention food in this blog so I guess Ill start with brekkie....all I can say is ....oh the bread and cured meat....I was in heaven...I love the Germans and their love of meat especially before 8 in the morning.  I think Kim is starting to think im meat fiend as every where we go...Spain, Germany and Austria all i do is eat. Somehow even after a year living in the UK I have not become accustomed to the English palate....there is just no flavour.
 
Kim and I headed off on foot to visit some of the infamous monuments that Berlin has to offer. We saw the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Topography of Terror as well as a whole load of men carrying women's purses. We came to the conclusion it must be a German thing but the sight of a big burly German bloke carrying an Audrey Hepburn bag still startles me.
 
We were lucky enough to stumble across some Christmas markets which were awesome. I love Christmas markets at the best of times but actually being able to go to xmas markets in Germany is something else.
 
After the markets we headed to the East Side Gallery to see the last remaining 1 kilometre stretch of the famous Berlin Wall that divided the east from the west. The artwork is incredible and some of it also very powerful.
 
It was time for a quick Currywurst (yum yum) after viewing the wall and then it was time to drop off shopping we had accumulated for the day before heading off to a Mexican restaurant to meet a friend of Mums named Sarah.
 
We had a nice dinner and thanks to Sarahs fantastic English it all went nice and smoothly. A few mojitos later we headed off to retire for the night.
 
Several hours later full of snoring (not mine for a change) it was morning and time for us to make a dash to the train station in time to meet our flight. Unfortunately we read the timetable wrong which left us in a bit of a fluster. At least we still had enough time to get to the airport unlike a load of other people who panicking had to leave the station in search of alternative transport not an easy feat at 7 am.
 
By the time we arrived back into London I was absolutely knackered. One day in Berlin just didn't do the city justice. Kim and I managed to get 95 percent of what was on our list done it would have been nice to have a bit more time to explore.
 
If I have the opportunity to go back to Berlin I would but even if I don't I feel like I managed to see enough of the city to get a feel for it.
 
Berlin was definitely in my list of top places to visit.
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