Day 36 - 46 : Surfing, Crashing, Partying

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Berlin, Berlin...Where do we start?...

Planning to spend 2 weeks in Europe's new "it" city, with barely 3 nights of accommodation organised, no plan for the rest of the time here and having not found any economically viable option to make it to Monaco for the F1 at the end of our first stint here, you'd think we might have had something to worry about. But Berlin, being the amazing city it is, reassured us everything would work out fine in due time, and with a bottle of 2 euro wine in our grips we had every confidence this was going to be the case.

We started our morning in Berlin trekking to Neukolln/Kreuzberg, described as 'little Istanbul', and the centre of the greatest Turkish population outside of Turkey, finding our way to our first "host". 

With no plans for accommodation, and wanting to meet as many locals and integrate ourselves into Berlin life as quickly as possible - we opted to Couch Surf. A decision we might've regretted as we met this host, a German diplomat who greeted us wearing nothing but a towel, but in the end turned out to be amazing as we got to hop from one apartment to another over the next 2 weeks, meeting a multitude of great people (hosts, their friends, workmates etc.) and seeing all the various districts of the city.

Highlights of our time here, in summary form as there are too many to list and the stories attached would go on for much longer than you are interested in reading;

- Seeing a street theatre performance on our first night featuring a bitch "caw-cawing" into a mic whilst 3 dudes abseiled down the walls of a building.
- Falafels, Falafels, Falafels. We ate these things day and night. We had some that were fresh and totally amazing, and some as cheap as 1 euro (and still miles ahead of the Aust. variety).
- Hanging out at squats and getting a vegan cous-cous, which weighed about 2kg but only cost 2 euro.
- Checking out the May Day parades and some of Berlin's Techno clubs.
- Visiting the Tiergarten, one of the most amazing parks within a city.
- Just getting a feel for the history of this city and being a part of it.
- Not knowing where we would be sleeping for most nights, organising this last minute and trying to work out all the ways we can avoid paying money for accommodation (which we successfully did).
- Deciding what we were going to do for transportation for the rest of the trip (wait for the next entry!). 

Whilst it pains us to leave Berlin for the shorelines and villas of Cote D'Azur, it is something that simply must be done. Luckily, we've got an apartment waiting for us on our return (which after a month of dejection we organised on the 2nd last day) and 6 weeks of debauchery and falafels ahead.

[Note: We've yet to take many photos in Berlin as most places don't allow it - a policy I'm personally in favour of, as things get out of hand quickly when a litre of good quality wine costs less than a loaf of bread.]
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