I've found my hipster wonderland. A place where the fashion is comfortable yet creative. A place where I've barely seen any vegetables. A place where my ridiculous red hair blends in, instead of stands out. Aside from not knowing the primary language, I feel completely comfortable here.
The travel was long, but worth it. After a layover in Frankfurt, which I believe was purely a reason for me to eat a frankfurter, we arrived in Berlin at noon their time. Going off of barely any sleep, we wandered around our neighborhood, Kreutzberg, which I had read was the hipster haven of an already hip city.
The weather could not have been more beautiful, as we (and the trendy Kreutzbergers) meandered the sidewalks, shopped at a street market, ate ramen outside, drank wine in the streets, and watched an elaborate bocce tournament.
Eventually the time difference and lack of sleep caught up with us, which resulted in a nearly 5 hour nap. But waking with grumbling tummies at 11pm, it was time to find food. There is no shortage of restaurants and bars in Kreutzberg, but I wanted to try out Berlin Burger International, and it did not disappoint.
It was a tiny spot with the cook raving to techno music, an old tv with Super Mario Bros 3 hooked up in the corner, and the most intense plain old cheeseburger I've ever had. So good.
A quick walk back to our Airbnb and a little bit of research to plan the following day, and it was time to call it a night.
A few observations:
- I had imagined the residents of Berlin to be a stoic, strong people, but they are incredibly kind and friendly, and they laugh quite a lot.
- Instead of obliviously walking down streets with their smart phones in their hands, they walk around with their friends and a beer in their hands. Perhaps this is related to the laughing.
- The dogs and children are incredibly well behaved.
- It's hard to find a wall that isn't covered with the most amazing graffiti, and i'm having a tough time not taking photos of it all.
Three more days before leaving for Prague. Can't wait to see what else this city has to offer. I'm already impressed.