I spent last weekend in Berlin with Yann and Miriam. We thought of it as a fun trip since I’ve been going to Berlin at least once every year now for the past 3 years or so, and it’s Miriam’s first time going. What we didn’t realize until we got there was that it was also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which made it an added bonus (although when people ask me afterwards if I went for that reason, of course I nodded fervently because I’m very up to date with German news).
Going to Berlin was a bit of a nightmare because we had already bought train tickets and there just happened to be a train strike that weekend, but nonetheless, once we spent 10 hours getting to Berlin, we had a great time there.
As me and Miriam both went to art school, we spent a significant amount of time in Kreuzberg, this time exploring many hipster shops that seem to only sell things that are either: sequinned, bedazzled or come with a moustache, and hanging out at cafes that sell flat white.
Want to fit in in Kreuzberg? I’ve got you guys covered!
[ ] Owning a bike is a must. The older the better. Don’t you know that cars are bad for the environment?
[ ] Alternative hairstyles are the way to go. Take your pick between dreadlocks, or hair dyed in any Kool-aid shade of your liking
[ ] You also only have two options for pants – will it be skinny or harem?
[ ] Be prepared to take up an artistic hobby (being talented in said hobby isn’t a requirement)
[ ] An ironic accessory is a must, such as an empty baby stroller or something large and furry
It’s been a while since my summer back home in Canada, and looking through my phone, I’ve noticed that there’s a ton of photos that I haven’t posted yet! There was so much going on, especially with my parents’ home renovations, and Yann coming to Canada for the first time.
From delicious dim sum to scenic Niagara Falls and everything in between, here are some of my favourites! (Warning, there’s going to be quite a few photos of food!)
Although I’ve been to Oktoberfest for the past two years, what I found out this time is that it’s not really Oktoberfest unless you manage to get inside the tents.
The first time me and my Canadian and British friends went, we were inexperienced and had no idea what you were really suppose to do. We went into a few tents, got kicked out, but managed to eventually get a table outside a tent, where we were able to order a few beers, so our endeavours (including a crazy five hour train ride to Munich) weren’t totally wasted.
The second time around, I went with my German friends who were living in Munich, but that time was even more unsuccessful because it was pouring that day and we got there too late. We waited in line outside one of the tents, and noticed an hour later that the line hasn’t moved at all. In the end, Yann bought me a lebkuchenherz (it said Prinzessin and I still have it hanging up in my apartment) and we all ended up at the Hofbrauhaus instead (it’s pretty much the same thing right?!)
Finally this year, with my same German friends who were determined to get into a tent, we finally figured out that the secret to getting inside is to actually wake up super early. We woke up at 6:30 am, made it down to the Theresienwiese (many Germans refer to Oktoberfest as Wies’n, which comes from this name) by 8am, and were inside and drinking by 9am.
It actually wasn’t that difficult, considering all the horror stories I’ve heard about having to reserve a year in advance.
Ok sure, I was barely awake (especially with my jet lag) for the first couple hours and drinking anything other than tea so early in the morning seemed like a horribly daunting task BUT by afternoon, everything was great and lively! (And a lot of people were already far too drunk! – only at Oktoberfest!)
Hey guys! Sorry for my lack of updates for the past couple weeks! It’s been quite busy here with a move back to Germany (this will be my third year in Germany…isn’t that crazy?!), some crazy Oktoberfest shenanigans (embarrassing photos of me in a dirndl will be coming in the next blog post – beware), and of course, uni has started again (a week earlier than I expected!). How the time has flown!!
With the weather getting colder day by day (there’s Christmas decorations in some stores already!), here’s a post about me and Yann’s weeklong trip to Montreal when the weather was much nicer last month. In the same style as the last post, I thought it would be fun for Yann to once again take over and write about about what he thought about Montreal…from a European perspective.
Here we go Yann!
1. Montreal is cool in that it seems like a mash up of both European and North American culture. There’s a decent amount of skyscrapers (although not as impressive as the ones in Toronto), but also a well preserved old part of town that reminds me of Paris.