I just got back from Germany. Specifically, Berlin (my new favourite place on the entire planet!)
I haven’t done a travel post in ages and now I have so much to share. I fell in love with the place as the city is so rich in culture and history. The pavement- or sidewalk, whatever you want to call it- was wide enough for everyone to walk on! I know it sounds silly, but here in the UK, there is always a squash on the pavements. If you are a cyclist, you have to ride on the road which is terrifying. And as for the whole awkward shuffle to let people past, we won’t go there.
But Berlin was a lovely place, with plenty of room. Every building made me appreciate the marvellous architecture. Trees everywhere made me feel happy and I think having a lot of trees in a city is important for the quality of air we breathe.
I was delighted to find that many of the shops you see on a British highstreet could also be found there. I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t think I’d see so much that reminded me of my own home.
Many- if not all- of the signs and adverts across the city were in German. I have not studied German before, but luckily I found that most words I recognised were like French. I have been learning French my whole life (or since I was three) so it was not easy, but I got by. All the people I spoke to were quick to help me and everyone was friendly. Someone even offered me free ice-cream, how cool is that?
When wandering about parts of the city that seemed more secluded or less seen by tourists like myself, I noticed the abundance of Graffiti. Most people would think of this as a negative thing. But I find it quite interesting. I wonder how old the people who created it were, why did they do it? What were their lives like? I feel that art can tell us so much about a person, but also makes us ask a lot of questions; something that is key to developing as people.
Additionally, I assume that the (probably young) artistic rebels who painted here have some serious creative talent. It’s a nice change to see majestic dragons on the sides of buildings instead of something basic like a tag or the word “swag”. One thing that made me squeal was seeing a real Haagen Dazs shop. I love ice-cream so much!
My favourite place was the Brandenburg gate. I would have liked to see Checkpoint Charlie, but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance. The huge columns and intricate statues were stunning and for some reason, they made me think of Athena from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I guess it’s because Annabeth loves architecture and I saw columns and was reminded of Ancient Greece. Seeing the Reichstag building was cool too, I do not know much about it or the history but visiting made me want to learn more about Berlin’s past..
I got to see chunks of the Berlin wall that still stand and the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism. It made me very upset to learn that people were killed for having customs that made them special and unique. Although we cannot change the choices of others or change what they did it is important that we learn from their mistakes so that terrible events like this never take place again.
Finally I just want to thank the people of Berlin for making my trip so special and I hope I can visit again soon!
That was a post about my trip to Berlin. Credit for the photos goes to my mum. She did an awesome job as my photographer! If you enjoyed reading then like, share and comment where you would like to visit one day. Follow for more madness and I will see you all later.