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.
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.
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.
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.