“Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (Berlin is poor, but sexy.)
– Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor, in a television interview
“Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.”
– Hiroshi Motomura, US Law professor
“Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du mußt nach Berlin.” (You are crazy, my child. You must go to Berlin.)
– Franz von Suppe, composer
For the unaware, I’ve been away on my #taretravels from 21 June – 21 July. It was mostly for summer school in Berlin, but I took the amazing opportunity to go see Budapest, Prague, Kutna Hora, Cologne and Bonn! While I’ve (mostly) loved every city I visited, Berlin remains my favourite – maybe by virtue of the fact that I stayed there the longest, but definitely also because Berlin was absolutely magical to me, and I am so in love its culture and ways.
There’s something old-but-new about Berlin, and though it may be neither the most modern nor the most rugged, the rustic (and yet sophisticated?) charm of the city was endlessly intriguing. I loved my time there.
We spent the first few days roaming the Kreuzberg/Friedrichstein area (because Kenneth knows it like the back of his hand haha!), and it was so vastly different from clean, sterile and smooth-surfaced Singapore that almost every turn and every corner promised something different and new. Flowers, cigarette butts, uneven roads, impossibly neat windows, cobblestone streets, bicycles parked wherever they can be parked… it was delightful.
And I had a beer almost immediately upon reaching Berlin (talk about assimilation).
Say hello to Shirlynn! Initially, when I signed up for summer school, I had no one to travel with and had come within a hair’s width of canceling my trip altogether. But I was so fortunate to have met her!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Also featured is her Burger, whom could be referred to as a companion as well haha!
Me in front of my exchange university!!! 😀
Can’t wait to share all that I’ve learned about Berlin! I have about only a thousand photos, so it shouldn’t take too long. Right??
Watch this space! 😀