Getting to Know Berlin

There is just too much to see and do in the German capital- we couldn’t have picked a better place to spend our honeymoon than Berlin.

Like any city or place, it has its own characteristics that sets it apart from anywhere else. We are slowly discovering these from spending our time getting to know the different areas.

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For example, we discovered that every section of the city has its own vibe. Today we visited Potsdamer Platz, which is more of the business district and is flanked by the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Sony Center. The place just screams suits and pantyhose and you can’t help but sense the professionalism .

Later on in the afternoon, we took the S-Bahn to see the East Side Gallery. Ahamd’s reaction best describes the shift we encountered: he looked around the unfinished station and asked me if I was sure we were in the right place. We were, it just happened that this area was more about nightlife and urbanisim.

We are also loving the ease of travel. We don’t have to worry about going from point a to b because there’s all sorts of different methods of transport: the S-Bahn, the U-Bahn, the tram, the bus.
And if all else fails you can just walk in the cold, fearing getting sick. We haven’t gotten lost at any point beause everything is so well mapped out and provided right in front of us.

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And perhaps the biggest surprise has been the food.

First there’s a massive amount of choices, from local to Italian to even Asian (and a Starbucks at every corner). You name it and they’ve got it.

Then there’s the quality. Even the smallest of shops use the freshest of ingredients and you never have to worry about something not sitting right with your stomach.

We normally eat out a lot back at home but we’re also finding a difference: the quality is better and the cost is cheaper. Imagine having a full breakfast for two for just 10 euros. And this is at a very nice and reputable cafe. Meanwhile Zaatar and Zeit back home keeps raising the price of their turkey and cheese wrap until it is almost 10 dollars.

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This post would not be complete without mentioning the people we’ve come across. I know it’s been said that Germans are cold and unfriendly but that hasn’t be the case. We have yet to encounter someone who hasn’t been happy to help or at least offered their congratulations when we tell them when are on our honeymoon. Just goes to show that sterotypes are not everything.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Melissa says:

    Great pictures and insight! Congrats!

    1. TK says:

      Thank you, I loved writing this post.

  2. chirineajouz says:

    I have travel quite a lot to Germany on business and most of the time I extend my trip to get some holiday out of it. The first time I went there, I was under the impression just like you that Germans would be unfriendly and cold but as it turns out, they are very friendly, super helpful, and very meticulous.I love it there…everything is organized and it’s a beautiful country. I still haven’t been to Berlin but I have heard lots of good things…definitely on my to visit list 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!!!

    1. TK says:

      Yes, you must visit Berlin! The city is so rich in history and culture and there’s just so much to do no matter what you enjoy! I actually started loving Germany and their attitude to life after I met several Germans when in graduate school in the Netherlands. To this day, they are some of my closest friends even though we haven’t seen one another in a few years. I can’t wait to see more of Germany on future trips!

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