I was in Berlin! (and it was also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!)

by Michelle on November 13, 2014 · 14 comments

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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

We did stumble across this building with its graffiti staircase, which reminds me of the good old days when Tacheles was still around.

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Because Yann loves Korean food, we had lunch one day at a place called Kimchi Princess (I was sold on the name).

Their slogan is “Let them eat Kimchi,” which is how you can differentiate a hipster Korean restaurant from a regular one. That and the fact that they have a section where you can sit on pillows instead of chairs.

Their lunch menu- “Let them eat lunch” (the restaurant owner really loves his Marie Antoinette references), has a pretty good variety and the food tastes great! (although according to Yann, nothing beats the Schweinebauch at Zum Koreaner in Munich)

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However, our absolute favourite place to eat was when we had brunch at a place called The California Breakfast Slam, which of course, also happens to be in Kreuzberg.

How can anyone say no to those pancakes?!?!

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Aside from Kreuzberg, we did venture out to the Sony Centre where we found these plaques on the ground cleverly made by Schwarzkopf.

Of course I had to take a pic of the Matthias SchweighΓΆfer one (move over Brad Pitt).

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And here’s Karl!

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Oh and speaking of the 25th fall of the Berlin Wall anniversary, they had an installation across the city where the former wall was called the LICHTGRENZE, where 8000 illuminated balloons were put up, and on Nov 9th, in the evening, they were let go one by one and floated into the sky.

Here’s a video from Youtube!

Have you guys been to Berlin? What did you guys like best about the city?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike November 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

Well, I guess I would be a bit past trying to fit in, in Kreuzberg lol πŸ™‚ But, I am absolutely thrilled you guys got to be there for the anniversary, Michelle! And the pancake looks pretty good but I want that egg and meat biscuit in the picture above it! YUMMY! I hope all is well with you! πŸ™‚

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Michelle Michelle November 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Thanks! Yes that sausage and egg breakfast sandwich as AMAZING as well!! If you ever go to Berlin, I highly recommend it! πŸ˜€

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Jenna November 14, 2014 at 5:54 am

Those pancakes look delicious. I’ve never been to Berlin, but it was on my list of places to go. I just seem to have gone places around and near it but never to it.

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Michelle Michelle November 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Aww I hope you will eventually! It’s my favourite city in Germany πŸ™‚

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Agness November 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I’m so glad you finally made it there. Judging by this post and pictures, you had a great time. What was your favourite place there? Any nice c@fes around :)?

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Michelle Michelle November 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Yes, it was great! The California Breakfast Slam is definitely one of the best places I’ve eaten there…I highly recommend it! If you go to Kreuzberg, there’s TONS of cafes everywhere πŸ™‚ Each one has its own character too so it makes it fun to explore!

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Catherine November 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Sounds like you had a great time in Berlin! Love your tips on fitting in in Kreuzberg – do people really walk around with empty baby strollers?!

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Michelle Michelle November 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Thanks! Haha believe it or not I did see that…you encounter the strangest people in Kreuzberg πŸ˜›

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Janardhan November 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Hi Michelle
Greetings..
I have been reading & following your blog for 1 year.. it is very nice and informative about the European countries..
I have been to Hamburg, I like the city .. I am planning to learn German language, can you please tell me some tips to learn German language..

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Michelle Michelle November 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ German is a pretty hard language to learn so if you’re able to enrol in a class, that would definitely be the best way. You could even look into enrolling for German classes at a uni here in Germany which is really cheap. That way you can practice it everyday πŸ™‚ There’s also websites like Babbel to practice with a German tandem partner! There’s also tons of German practice books if you’re very self motivated πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

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Casey December 16, 2014 at 12:28 am

Hey my friend is there now (Berlin), she also was at the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall!
I found your site looking for something fun she could do while she was there!
Thanks for posting your insights and experience!

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Michelle Michelle December 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Thanks! That’s so cool!! It’s def a once in a lifetime opportunity! That’s great that she got to experience it! πŸ™‚

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Dana December 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Oh wow, that food from the Korean place looks AMAZING. I know where I’ll be going next time I’m in Berlin! It’s funny that you should mention Zum Koreaner…I was really curious about Korean food as I’d never had any, so a few years ago I tried out Zum Koreaner. Once we ordered all was fine, but at first it was a little hard because, I guess we went right when they opened, and the only person working there didn’t speak English or German! But I guess that’s ALSO how you know a place will be authentic πŸ˜€ Really cool that you were able to be in Berlin for that anniversary!

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Michelle Michelle December 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Haha that’s so funny how you’ve been to Zum Koreaner before! I’ve only discovered it at the beginning of this year but me and my friends in Munich are all addicted! It’s still pretty difficult speaking to them but the employees there now do seem to speak a bit of German…maybe they took some classes πŸ™‚ And yes, def check out Kimchi Princess in Berlin! The food there is great πŸ˜€

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