Out of all my trips- Berlin was the most last minute, budget trip I ever experienced; but nonetheless still one of my favorite places on the map. I feel like Germany is one those places that has a rep for a lot of different things, some good and some not to good, but I have to say the city really surprised me with its history, charisma and artsy vibes.
All through school Germany was always mentioned in history class, but being there and seeing the different landmarks like the Brandenburg gate, the Berlin Wall and holocaust monuments were so much more of an experience than you could ever get from the static pages of a textbook. The feelings that submerge from actually seeing, experiencing and learning is so different, it makes it seem so much more real and to be completely honest- crazy.
Our last minute trip was an adventure from the very beginning. From the two of us navigating candidly from a map bought immediately after stepping off the bus to being greeted by a boy singing and playing the guitar on the U-bahn, our weekend was filled with laughter and a turn-of-the-card spirit.
I really loved Berlin. Being there really helped me understand the people and culture in such a short time that I never expected. It changed my preconceived notions I had and made me want to know so much more. I ‘m dieing to go back and do a full tour of the country, which I will do.
In addition to the great new Berlin free walking tour we took, we we’re also super lucky to have an old friend who had grown up in Berlin show us around. One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing how the local people really live, so this was a super plus- thanks Andreas! And of course it was nice to catch up with an old friend again
I love, love, loved the jewelry and shopping! A friend visited the weekend before us and recommended finding Tacheles, which I’m so glad we did because it’s no longer there. Tacheles, which is Yiddish for “straight talking”, essentially was a historic building taken over by artists of all trades in Berlin. From large murals, to jewelery, pop art, paintings, mixed media, sculptures to any other kind of art form imaginable it was definitely a unique experience. I bought some really sweet prints with a edgy feel by artist Tim Roeloffs. He now has his work online that you can check out and buy, it’s definitely worth a browse. I also bought a fun, chunky ring. The Italian artist had me sold when he told me about where each of the metals, stone, and gem had come from. Worth 30 euros? Definitely.
The other really, really cool store I found was Tukadu. We passed this place at one point, and I circled the streets for hours to find it again the next day. They had all kinds of crazy jewelery, especially earrings which I love. It was all really different, some a bit bizarre but still so, so cool. They had a ton of already made jewelery or you could pick individual pieces and make your own. The style was everything you could expect from such a fun city, almost like Betsey Johnson meets Andy Warhol- it was so fun. The earrings I bought had blue anchors, gold bows, and pink and green beads. I know you can buy online, but not sure how far they’re willing to ship.. I may ask a friend to send me some soon!
… and there are somethings in which words can’t describe. The above picture says more than a 1,000 words- which is why the meaning wasn’t told my the artist, but left to be depicted by the viewer of this holocaust monument inspired by the Jewish graveyard in Prague.
After all was said and done, I had 0.80 euro cents left in my pocket on the train ride back to Vienna. It was worth every penny and moment, and I can’t wait to venture back to this fun city.