Last Friday night, Alex and I set of to Kreuzberg in Berlin for a long weekend. No laptop. No time for planning and four whole days off from work. BLISS. A good friend of ours has lived there for five years, but rather typically had skipped the country to DJ elsewhere on the only weekend we could get there… There went our tour guide! Luckily for us, he had the time to give us some top tips over iMessage and we were pretty loaded up with apps for the area. Gotta love technology. I think this was the first time that I had ever left my laptop at home, so I truly did no work at all, but apps on phones are definitely a must when we travel these days.
We were pretty lucky with the weather, which was perfect for all the walking that we did. Berlin is a city of bikes, but
I’m lazy I prefer a stroll, so we covered a lot of the city on foot… Obviously rewarding ourselves with plenty of great food stops on the way. Although we visited the major tourist attractions, Berlin certainly had a lot more to offer us after dark and once we had got the lay of the land, I really fell in love with the vibe of the city.
We walked the streets to see the Festival of Lights one evening and yes, I’m just going to come right out and say that it was one of the most underwhelming light shows I’ve ever seen! It’s pretty hyped online, but boo hiss to that. OK, so it does take quite a lot to impress me and I do live in London, so maybe don’t write it off if you are visiting next year. I’m well known for being hard to please and wouldn’t want to say you definitely shouldn’t take a look.
On Sunday night, we found ourselves on the guest-list for Free Spirits at The Prince Charles. Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, Floating Points and Alex Barck (Jazzanova) were all on the line-up. Alex was there for the live Jazz and I was there for the DJs after, which resulted in a pretty good night, leaving us with a tad bit of a hangover the next day. If I’m at home with a hangover I usually refuse to leave the house and simply curl up and die on the sofa, but there was no way i was missing out on Berlin, so I dragged my butt out and we went to re-fuel with delicious bargain value rotisserie chicken at Das Huhnerhaus, drank delicious vegan juice from Goodies and continued to knacker ourselves out by roaming the streets.
There’s so much more I could tell you about Berlin, but you really should get online and book yourself a ticket to go and see it for yourself. Perhaps go after the winter though as I hear it gets pretty nippy. We’ll definitely be going again and hopefully we’ll have the time and money to add it to our annual trip list. Next time we’ll make sure our friend is there! Useless.
Berlin I Love You So.