Thursday, 12 June 2014

Berlin {part 1}

We did it! We made it to Berlin! We sort of wondered if we'd ever get there, since it's easy to dream of cities in other countries and never make it to closer places. Bearing in mind that using regional trains "closer" means eight hours.

On Friday, after our first bus was very delayed and we missed the connecting bus, we had a very brisk walk to the train station where we bought a ticket and ran to the platform, having a couple minutes to catch our breaths and high five one another, before we hopped on our first train. (If you read that sentence in one breath you'll have an idea about how we felt.)

Finding a spot for 6 of us to sit together was a challenge and we were dispersed for the first train, but from Kassel to Berlin we managed to sit together for the most part.



Arriving in Berlin at 10pm, we walked through the Karneval der Kulture to get to a friend's family's house, conveniently located in the city centre, and then navigated the u-bahn and s-bahn to get to her sister's apartment where we had her flat-mate's room to use. And thus began our first ever couple-sleep-over!



The next morning, we set out to see some of Berlin.













After having icecream and a doner, then hanging out playing games at our home-base, we headed back out to see the East Side Gallery and then go to the Karneval. 



From there we headed back into the centre of the city for Karnaval. We squeezed through the packed crowds looking at all the stands from various countries, before finding a spot squished in on the grass. 


Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll have photos up from the Carnaval Parade!

9 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys had such a fun day! I loved Berlin as well, although it was so cold because I went in March. :) A great and free (they only ask for tips) is through Sandemans New Europe tour. The guides are great!

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  2. what gorgeous pictures - looks like so much fun :) i'd love to take a trip to europe with jon!

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  3. Looks great! I see its been so hot in Berlin but nothing a girl from Africa can't cope with!

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  4. Looks like you had perfect weather. I last went to Berlin when I was a young child and the wall was still up!

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  5. That must have been quite something to see! The wall came down in the year I was born! :)

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  6. It was so hot! Fortunately the humidity was really low so it wasn't so bad! :)

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  7. It was a really fun day, and perfect weather! I'll have to remember that, thanks for the tip!

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  8. Thanks for these pictures! Somehow we have not been to Berlin yet! I'll have to refer back to this when we we go! Looks like a great time.

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