I’m really not the type for a vacation that includes only tanning on the beach or at the pool.
So, on my last vacation I took a little trip to three cities in Europe. Berlin as a starter,
Amsterdam as an appetiser and Rotterdam as my main dish of the trip.
First a few facts (or rough estimates):
- I visited three cities within ten days
- I traveled about 1500km by plane
- I rode trains for about 730km
- I rode a few kilometers on a boat
- I walked a lot, which caused two blisters on my left foot
- I talked to 15 strangers and with some of them I will stay in touch
- I ate four pizzas, two vegetarian burgers, one vietnamese and one thai dish
- I took 53 pictures
I started my journey with a flight to Berlin on Thursday evening. I arrived there later than expected, but was eager to check out the legendary nightlife of Berlin. I met up with a friend and we walked from Warschauer Straße over to Oranienstraße. Pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs one after another and all of them packed. Almost at the end of the street we got a table at a cocktail bar called Tiki Tonga Bar.
The next day I had plans to meet up with another friend and her daughter. We picked Betahaus to have breakfast. It is a coworking space but has a very nice café. You can either sit there with your laptop and do some work or just meet up.
After finishing up our late breakfast I visited the guys from Travis CI at their office, which is right upstairs. In the evening I went to The Bird, which has awesome burgers, but only one vegeterian burger, called “The Lousy Hunter”… It is sometimes hard to be a vegetarian…
On Saturday I went for lunch with friends to Miss Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant right next to Görlitzer Bahnhof. Afterwards I walked around Berlin for quite some time. My friends wanted to take me to Kater Holzig, one of the hippest locations in Berlin, but wandering around for almost eight hours had made me a little tired. So, instead of partying in the early morning, I went to bed…
Sunday was the day I had been looking forward to most the whole time. Magda and Marc Houle were djing at Ressort, a not so well known, but very well hidden city beach close to the main train station. After having lunch at Il Casolare, an Italian restaurant at Planufer, I headed to Ressort. On the way there I stopped by the main train station to get my ticket to Amsterdam. And WOW! That is a train station! I had never seen such a huge train station before. I counted three levels of platforms and lots of fast-food restaurants and shops, including a 24/7 pharmacy, where I finally got patches to cover my blisters.
Monday was my last day in Berlin, so I took it easy. I went for lunch at Masaniello and had an awesome pizza again. Then I did a little shopping, some wandering around Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, meeting up with the guys from Travis CI and having dinner at Papaya with them and going for a cocktail at one of the bars in Oranienstraße.
Next up was Amsterdam, but that is another story.