“Berlin ist arm, aber sexy”
“Berlin is poor but sexy” as they say. (they = their mayor, Klaus Wowereit)
This quirky little city is full of character, streets vibrant with graffiti and art, clubs pulsing with live music all night long (literally, till noon the next morning).
The city is diverse, (largest Turkish population outside of Turkey) the food is cheap, the beer is good.
I spent a whirlwind 6 days here a couple months ago, staying in Kreuzberg, the bohemian, alternative part of the city. I went up to Klunkerkranich, a huge rooftop beer garden hidden on the top of a parking structure of a strip mall in Neukolln, twice. Danced and loitered around the wee hours of the nights. Wandered Kreuzberg shopping flea markets & learning about their street art. Stuffed myself silly with delicious, cheap Lebanese food.
I did graze tourist 101 a bit while I was there too – strolled by East Side Gallery, went to the Holocaust Memorial, ogled at the Tiergarten ceiling. I also went to visit my future school (!!!) and started poking around different neighborhoods trying to decide where I’d want to live.
YUP – I’m moving to Berlin in January!
I’m excited. I’m terrified (of being so COLD). I’m giddy. I’m a little hesitant.
But all in all, I am ready.
It’ll be an adventure! Let’s do this.