Berlin Part 6.1: Neues Museum and Vietnamese Food

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th April 2017

The beady eyed among you might have noticed my last trip to Berlin finished only on 11th April. Basically, I arrived back home in London on Tuesday night, whipped out my laptop and booked a return flight for the Friday! A little extravagant I know. You see, I’d booked my initial flights to go to Berlin with some friends a couple of months ago. Then, a week or two before the Easter bank holiday, my family decided they were going to go as well. It hadn’t even occurred to me to join them until my last day in Berlin, when they suggested I just stayed until they arrived. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of my uni work with me – which really needed to get done – and I did have things on back in London so I came back, but only for a couple of days.  Continue reading “Berlin Part 6.1: Neues Museum and Vietnamese Food”

Berlin Part 5.3: Tempelhof Airfield and Evening in Kreuzberg

Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th April 2017

I woke up on my third day in Berlin to find the sun was out. The day before we’d dressed for summer but still took out our jumpers and jackets and just ended up carrying them around. Today we figured we’d live on the edge and just go out in our skirts and dresses. That was dumb. Our plan for the day was to head to the old Tempelhof airfield which has been been turned into a park. I’d been before but this time we planned to rent bikes to ride up and down the disused runways. Continue reading “Berlin Part 5.3: Tempelhof Airfield and Evening in Kreuzberg”

Berlin Part 5.2: Mauerpark, Weinerei, Bao Buns and Vegan Doughnuts

Sunday 9th April 2017

After a bit of a lie-in, we headed back to Kreuzberg to have a second attempt at getting vegan doughnuts at Brammibal’s. We arrived much earlier this time (at about midday) – I’m not sure we could have handled them being sold out again – and found plenty of doughnuts waiting for us. Since this was our second attempt, we decided to get more than just one doughnut each, so we got two boxes of four between us. I went for one that was white chocolate and coconut and another that was hazelnut and salted caramel. I can never pass up on salted caramel.  Continue reading “Berlin Part 5.2: Mauerpark, Weinerei, Bao Buns and Vegan Doughnuts”

Berlin Part 5.1: Vegan Kebabs, East Side Gallery and a 80s Night Out

Saturday 8th April 2017

I woke up at about 4.15am for my journey to Berlin, having not got much sleep at all. Perhaps unwisely, I’d gone to a friend’s for dinner and drinks the night before and instead of leaving early I’d lost track of time and arrived back home at 11-ish. I still hadn’t packed at that point. Or done my washing up. Needless to say I was exhausted – but still I managed to move. Continue reading “Berlin Part 5.1: Vegan Kebabs, East Side Gallery and a 80s Night Out”

Berlin Part 4.3: More Christmas Markets and Cafe Haberland

27 November 2016

On our second morning in Berlin, my Dad and I learnt from our mistakes the day before. We were planning on hitting up more Christmas markets today and this time we knew not to load up on breakfast before we went. We were going to want food there. So, after a yoghurt and some OJ, we headed out into the cold in the direction of Alexanderplatz. Continue reading “Berlin Part 4.3: More Christmas Markets and Cafe Haberland”

Berlin Part 4.1: Arriving in Berlin and Kebabs in Wilmersdorf

25th November 2016

My fifth trip to Berlin started the same as many other trips do when you’re flying with budget airlines: delayed. There I was, sitting at Stansted, having stocked up on magazines and meatballs from Leon, expecting my gate to imminently appear on the departure boards, only to find that the estimated departure time for my 7.30pm flight had been changed to 8.30pm. Obviously no explanations were given until I was finally on the plane where I heard a muffled announcement from the pilot saying something about how the plane had already made a lot of journeys that day. I guess it was tired or something.

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Berlin Part 3.3: Modern Art Gallery, Tiergarten and Chocolate Cafe

24 April 2016

My third and final morning in Berlin started in the exact same way as the previous two – with breakfast at Weyers. Perhaps I should have been more adventurous but when you find something good, why mess with it? And, considering the fact that I am not a morning person (in fact, I am barely a person before caffeine), this is not the time of day to throw in a curveball. Besides, I did at least try something new on the menu each day. This time, my Dad and I split the breakfast for two, which consisted of a selection of meats, cheeses and breads, as well as some salmon, horseradish sauce and a few pieces of fruit. Continue reading “Berlin Part 3.3: Modern Art Gallery, Tiergarten and Chocolate Cafe”

Berlin Part 3.2: Berlin Zoo and Dinner in Kreuzberg

23 April 2016

The weather wasn’t quite as nice as my Dad and I emerged for our second day in Berlin. We started this morning just as we had the one before – with a trip to Weyers for breakfast. This time, I went for the scrambled eggs with mushrooms, ham and onions. It was fine but not as good as the eggs and bacon I had on my first visit. The onions were a bit much. Continue reading “Berlin Part 3.2: Berlin Zoo and Dinner in Kreuzberg”

Berlin Part 3.1: Charlottenburg Palace and Food in Wilmersdrof and Mitte

21-22 April 2016

Having caught a flight after work on a Thursday night from London, I didn’t arrive in Berlin until 10.30pm-ish. Since I then had to queue through passport control (as there were only two people on duty), it wasn’t until 11.15pm that I actually caught the X7 bus to Rudow U Bahn station (as there were works on the train line at Schonefeld) and from there I took a relatively long train ride over to Wilmersdorf.

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Getting lost abroad: five places I’ve lost my way and found it again

A wise man – J. R. R. Tolkien, to be precise – once said, “not all those who wander are lost.” He had a point. I love wandering around a new city and I often know just where I’m going. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes when I wander I am just plain lost.

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