Trip Start Mar 13, 2009
54Trip End Mar 15, 2010
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We had this problem at the first hostel we stayed at - they were strict, rude, and rule orientated to the point of obsession. We had two nights booked there, so we toughed it out, but needless to say we spent as little time there as possible. Luckily, the weather was nice and we spent most of our time outdoors.
Public transportation around Berlin is amazing - there are buses, trams, and the UBahn, which we took everywhere. We also walked all along the Tiergarten - the big grounds where the royal people used to hunt. They must have forgotten some animals there because we found a fox chilling in the grass eating.
ET fell in love with donor kabab, so we ate that a lot, as well as falafel (the veggie version of donor,) generic Asian noodles, lots of pastries, and some delish food from a Turkish market we went to. Basically the cheapest food and beer we can find - keeps the budget in check. We met up with a girl who couch surfed with us in Galway, Ireland who is going to university in Berlin, and she took us to the Turkish Market. We had a nice afternoon with her walking around a really cute, diverse neighborhood of Berlin where a lot of students are and where a lot of people who have immigrated to Germany from other places live. It was fun to reconnect with her after a few months. Thanks, facebook! We also went on a pub crawl (for shits and giggles) with some Canadian girls from our first hostel and had a blast. We ended up waiting until the UBahn re-opened at 5am rather than walk or take a cab back. Long night, but lots of fun.
The best thing we did in Berlin by far was go on a tour of "alternative Berlin" This tour was much smaller and more laid back than the bigger free ones we had been on before.
Sometimes people are surprised that we are staying in cities for so long (5 days, on average) but it is important to us not to be flying through, checking cities and countries off our list. It would be even better to see some other cities besides capitals, like we will in Czech, but that is not always possible. Also, we like moving slow and steadily, getting to know a place and like I said, going back to see some of the sights more than once for 5 minutes on a tour. We really enjoyed climbing to the top of the Reichstag (despite the pouring rain on the way home) and walking through some of the parks, discovering our own architecture and statues that we wouldn't have otherwise found.
So Prague is next - 5 hours on the bus is not terrible. Bye, Berlin - until next time. Really a fabulous city.
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