Berlin

And here are the pics from the weekend in Kreuzberg! ┬áEvery time I go I think it doesn’t get any better, but it always manages to ­čÖé ┬áThis time I managed to get a single room at an amazing hostel across the street from the seminar. ┬áIt’s a converted warehouse, called Die Fabrik. ┬áRooms are basic but it’s in a great location and the hostel itself is really cool.

the hostel lobby

the courtyard

the entrance

luckily I got in a bit early, and got a call from another of the seminar participants, and we decided to grab an ice cream just off of Schlesischestr.  It was incredible.

one ice cream to rule them all

I can never get enough of the street art in Berlin

Eating well is also never a problem. ┬áUnfortunately I can’t remember the names of these restaurants, but I’m going to find out and post them soon…

the best Vietnamese food in the hippest restaurant.

A vegetarian restaurant...food and service were so so, but the restaurant itself is beautiful! Also, they have pink lemonade.

Saturday evening I spent at Alexanderplatz trying to buy a notebook.  In the end I gave it up as a waste of time and patience, but the square was at least interesting, and it was the first time I really saw a part of Berlin other than Kreuzberg.

Alexanderplatz

I do realize that most of my photos have no people in them…I personally detest having my picture taken, so I always feel guilty taking other peoples pictures ­čÖé next time I’ll try to get more street life.

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First, we take Manhattan…

Finally here are my photos from Berlin!

The seminar was great, although the level of German was very high and there was alot I didn’t understand. ┬áNext time should be easier! ┬áI also have to say that when I first arrived in Berlin, I hated it. ┬áThe first few places I had to go were wide open, not very populated and frankly, I felt cheated. ┬áThings took a turn for the better, however, when I decided to take a taxi to my hotel (I only had an hour to check in to the hotel and get across Kreuzberg for the seminar). ┬áAfter almost killing us both showing me the sights, the driver took us under the tracks into Kreuzberg, and from that point on, Berlin, I love you!

a door on Schlesischestra├če

spooky graffiti...it blurred when I tried to take the picture

lights at a bar across the water from our bar

Kreuzberg graffiti

view from the Admiralsbr├╝cke

sunset

Berlin and a new addiction

I’ve been spending the week preparing for a three day seminar in Berlin, which, after 3 such weekends, will certify me as an intercultural trainer. ┬áI’m excited, but I’m going to miss having a weekend!

Also, I’ve just discovered deviantart.com , and am completely addicted. ┬áI’ve also started learning how to use photoshop-type programs and I’m having a hard time stopping ­čÖé ┬áMy username is combray over there if you feel like mozying on over and having a look at my artwork!

I’ll post more after Berlin, with pictures!