Berlin – my personal favourites
Next week Trout and I are going on our belated summer holiday. It’s a combination of our two favourite things – going to Berlin to eat burritos, and hopping in a car for a roadtrip, so we’ll be driving from Berlin to Vienna and visiting a few other places along the way. I’ve always wanted to go to visit Vienna – after being involved in the punk scene and meeting so many people from Austria, I’ve always loved the sound of this city. We’re hoping to see a few friends while we’re there, but we’ll see how it works out.
I’m so excited to go back to Berlin. The last time we went was 2009, and I think I’ll look at it with completely different eyes this time. I was 23 when I last went, and now I’m 28 so, you know, I’m super mature now… Every time I read Sandra Juto‘s blog I get a tingle of inspiration, and just want to scribble down every cafe, shop and street that she photographs so that I can go and find them.
As I was getting excited about Berlin, I stopped by my old blog of mine to re-cap on the places that we went to last time. Excuse the quality of the photographs – this was way before the DSLR days! I didn’t include photographs of all of the things that we went to see. The Reichstag building was stunning – we didn’t go inside, but we sat out on steps by the water and it was such a lovely, strangely peaceful start to the holiday. Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie are both places that we went to visit – and they’re important to see – but there is something so amazing about the atmosphere in Berlin. It has an air of strength, of striving for what is important to you – of spreading graffiti that represents what you believe, of setting up vegan cafes, art galleries and squats.
The Fernsehturm – Berlin’s TV Tower. Nothing particularly interesting about it, but it looked quite awesome in the evening all lit up! The photograph below is part of the Berlin Wall (well, it was there at the time – I think it gets repainted quite frequently. While we were there people were working on artwork all of the time).
Berlin Cathedral. We fell asleep on the grass in front of this building – this is a terrible habit we have gotten ourselves into. We did the same thing when we went to Edinburgh for the weekend.
These were taken at Cupcake - an amazingly cute cupcake (duh) cafe, which had a couple of different vegan cupcakes, plus banana bread. We sat on the tables outside and this little guy came to join us for a crumb of our cake.
Amazing graffiti which we spotted on our drunken walk home. I think there was a supermarket right next door which we stumbled into and rode the travelator a few times. The cocktails in Berlin were lethal for our English thresholds, but on the plus side they were always 2-4-1!
A man carrying a lot of bread. I can’t promise that you’ll find him if you ever go to Berlin, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Burgers at Yellow Sunshine. Me and Trout are split on this one – he loves Yellow Sunshine, I love Yo-Yo. Both are pretty much identical, there was just something I really liked about Yo-Yo. Both are vegetarian – Yo-Yo is 100% vegan – and serve burgers, hotdogs etc. The plus side to Yellow Sunshine is that you get to see views like the building below – I love stuff like this. Amazing graffiti. It’s in a tired and run-down district in Berlin, I think there are a lot of shows happening there. I remember Trout saying that when he was tour managing, the band he was with played a show in an office building. So random.
This time around we have a couple of other places that we want to visit, but I think the itinerary is to hang out, walk around, drink coffee, and meet up with Laura – so excited!
Have you ever been before? Do you have anything to add to my list of things to-do in Berlin?