Our final day in Berlin. I didn't have anything on the agenda until evening, so I wanted to do a little shopping and check out some other neighborhoods. After Rob decided to get his haircut by a guy who didn't speak English (it turned out well), we took the train to Mitte.
We walked up and down the city streets, popping into shops (where I picked up a necklace but had to be talked out of buying a purse, although I did take their card), a cemetery, and a small park with two little boulders that Rob couldn't resist climbing.
After a bit more exploring, we went to Hackescher Markt to find some lunch. I was really hoping for something authentically German (sausage and potatoes), but it was hard to find in this area, so we settled for Italian. I also had a surprise lunch guest!
From there we had to hop on a train for a special evening. One of Rob's oldest friends, Sarah, along with her husband Yasha, moved to Berlin a few years ago, so we reached out and they invited us to their home for dinner.
Not only did I have a two year old princess try to squeeze her plastic fairytale shoe on me like an ugly stepsister in Cinderella, which we watched together for a bit, and get a reenactment of Lego Star Wars from a 7 year old storyteller, but I also got exactly what I had been looking for...an authentic German meal of sausage and potatoes!
After sharing a meal, some wine, and ice cream, we headed out, and on their recommendation, took a stroll on Kurfürstendamm, one of the fanciest shmanciest streets I've ever seen, even in the dark with all of the high-end stores closed. In fact, I ordered a McBaguette from the fanciest McDonalds in existence. There were chandeliers!
A quick train ride back to the apartment, and it was time to say g'night for the final time in Berlin. On this trip, at least. I can see myself coming back for sure. This city fit me well. There are few places where I feel like I "belong," and this one ranks high on the list. There's still so much I haven't seen. But as sad as I am to leave Berlin, I'm just as excited to start the next leg of the trip in Prague!