Heya, welcome to the second installment of I Love Berlin talk. The city looked less scary than how I pictured it, but definitely as stiff. I kept thinking they were disciplining us every time they talked, even by the people who handed out promotion fliers. While Amsterdam and Brussels were somewhat comparable, Berlin has a different vibe all together. Hipster like autumn, the city reminded me of tattooed Milla Jovovich in resident evil.
^^ Autumn bubbles. Have you ever stumbled upon this kinda thing before? It was my first time ever!! As a bubbles lover, I squealed, took pictures and dance around it for a good fifteen minutes before someone pointed out that we had to tip the bubble blowing man. Alright then. He made me really happy that afternoon.
^^ Another first time ever, Pumpkin Spiced Latte. I finally get to try it almost a year after being humiliated for asking for it in Singapore Starbucks. The verdict: nah, I prefer TNL or PBTL. Btw, the Starbucks was located opposite of Hotel Adlon. Remember when Micheal Jackson dangled his baby on a hotel balcony? Yes, it happened in this very hotel.
^^ A historical checkpoint, Charlie was the crossing point between East and West Berlin, with the famous sign “YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR“, now printed in every surface possible and sold as souvenirs. The guards in the picture? They were hired actors paid to play the part. You can approach them to take pictures together. I didn’t do it, kept thinking how terrifying this must have been during the cold war.
^^ Both Einstein and Karl Marx taught here. Cool eh?
^^ Of all the Berlin Wall graffitis, this was one of my favorites. It’s a little sad actually, but also is a good reminder to appreciate our freedom, including the freedom to travel.
^^ You guys this’s real! A boat hostel which was floating in the river. You will be, like, sleeping on a boat with strangers from all over the world! I am so going to book this swimming hostel next time I visit Berlin (oh, there will be a next and another time after that).
^^ A yellow train with typical Berlin architecture building in the background.
^^ Some important building that I didn’t care to learn about, behind it was the Berlin Tower. Speaking of towers, can we please stop making it as one of travel icons as almost every big city has it and all of them look the same.
^^ a gorgeous sight of an abandoned playground #HipsterAutumn.
I overheard someone say that Berlin was like New York in the 80s. I, of course, can’t compare because I have never been to NYC and I was wearing cloth diapers that time. What do you think? Have you been to Berlin? Would you after seeing these pictures? Please say yes! And stay tuned for Friday post where I will be sharing the best food joints in Berlin.
A shout out to Vi, my bestie, who told me that she enjoys reading the blog and pumped me with lots of writing related motivation yesterday. Thank you!