Berlin: Day 1

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. 

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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.

Clockwise from top left: courtyard of our airbnb; enjoying wine in the street; German ice cream; my feet touched Europe for the first time today; my first souvenir (of many, I'm sure)

Clockwise from top left: courtyard of our airbnb; enjoying wine in the street; German ice cream; my feet touched Europe for the first time today; my first souvenir (of many, I'm sure)

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.