Spending this past week here in Berlin was one of the best ideas I’ve had in a while! I had completely forgotten how amazing the summers in this fabulous city are (no worries New York, you’re still my Number One and nothing beats all the things I love about summer in New York) and since I haven’t been to Berlin in warm weather in two whole years, I tried to soak up as much of the summer here as possible, taking advantage of the fact that pretty much everything happens outside during the summer months. And anyone who knows me knows that when I can be outside is when I am the happiest.
My days were spent writing in sidewalk cafes, sunset beers in the city’s coolest rooftop bar (Klunkerkranich, pictured above), karaoke in Mauerpark (no I did not sing – no way I’d sing in front of that many people!), strolls along the canal, running and walking in Tempelhof, hunting down new street art and new good coffee shops (there are just too many in this city.. but I guess that’s a good problem to have), neighborhood walks and showing a visitor around town. Plus: Meet-ups with new friends, catch-ups with old friends, and of course I also had to fit in all of the good food that makes Berlin so great: brunches and cake, Middle Eastern food, veggie kebabs, fresh fruit from the market and warm simits fresh out of the oven.
As usual, I wish I had more time here, but on Tuesday morning I will hop on a train to Amsterdam, the first stop on my Euro train adventure (more on that in my monthly round-up)! My Interrail Global Pass allows me to take trains in 30 countries in the span of a month – let’s see how many I’ll make it to