This past year I haven’t been too original with my choice of cities to visit. I have been to Gent twice, and now I have spent a couple of days in Berlin for the second time as well. In April I was there with my little brother. We had a lot of fun, and I hadn’t had near enough time to see everything on my list. So when Matthijs told me with the saddest face (in which a lot of acting was involved, I admit) that he had never been to Berlin, it didn’t take long before we booked our train tickets. And just like that I left for Berlin again on the 7th of August.
The past five years we visited numerous cities, so we no longer feel the need to see everything a place has to offer. Instead we opt for those things we would be sad not to visit and add to that whatever crosses our path. This time we had one day of all Berlin highlights: the Brandenburger Tor, the Holocaust Memorial, Mauerpark, the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse, Museuminsel, and Fernsehturm by night. It sounds like a lot, but there is excellent public transport, so we even had time to enjoy an elaborate breakfast for lunch and read a book for a couple of hours at Cafe Krone. The other days we had more than enough leisure time and agreeable meals – most of them even in the street of our hostel. More than one delicious ice cream. We visited two museums, one of them the evening we arrived in Berlin, the other one just before we left. We did some shopping, of course. Visited the Garten der Welt. Matthijs showed his arm muscles on more than one food picture. And we spent many hours wandering around, getting to know the city. Berlin is one of the most relaxed cities I have been to. And there are excellent options for breakfast. So I can highly recommend it for a short stay. That being said, I have seen enough of it for the foreseeable future, but I know for sure that someday we will meet again.
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