Berlin - the little lioness

Berlin

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Schwiney! The reason Germany beat Australia 4-0 in the World Cup. A pig in a German lei

I was very happy to arrive in Berlin on June 12. Two reasons – one, I got to be with Rish after a week apart, and two it’s freaking BERLIN. How cool is that???

Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Hauptbahnhof

Berlin
Multistory, pointing in four directions, incredible awesome station

First stop, our accommodation, the Circus Hostel recommended by all.

Berlin

Our first night we spent in a dorm, which was okay, bed was comfortable. Except it was a dorm. And I think I’ve learned that I don’t really do dorms :p

Circus had free wifi which we accessed in the common room/cafe. The lifts were being serviced a couple of times we were there, which included when hauling out luggage down… The only other criticism would be how often the ladies toilets ran out of paper :(

Double room at Circus Hostel Berlin

On the second night we moved to our own room, with this cool bed. Still shared facilities, but wonderful to have our own breathing space.

Berlin
I’m not quite sure how I didn’t leave Berlin with a bag full of Ampelmann goodies! Buy Online!

We took ourselves on the Lonely Planet’s walking tour of Berlin, backwards.

Berlin
Matchbox scenes

Berlin
East German looking bike. And look there’s the border of the Berlin Wall behind in in the bricks!!

Berlin
That’d better be East.

Berlin
I read it made a shadow like a cross which freaked the Soviets out

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Decorating an arts centre Berlin

We got given some stickers to help decorate the arts centre….

Decorating an arts centre Berlin

Decorating an arts centre Berlin
My decoration

Decorating an arts centre Berlin
Rish made maths

Some strange man started talking to Rish, and I wasn’t cluey enough to rescue him from him :( So he got stuck with him for awhile before Rish managed to end the conversation. Sorry!

Berlin

Berlin
Want to learn to be this cool?

Chocolate
This is chocolate. I know, it is, really!

Pricey
‘spensive car

Berlin
The Russian Embassy. How Welcoming, with balloons and all!

Berlin
Do these carry water? What about the pink pipes?

Berlin
Reichstag

Berlin
Holocaust memorial

That evening, we went to the Berlin FanFest at the Olympic stadium to watch Australia get slaughtered by Germany. There were about 30 Australians in our little huddle, with 30,000 Germans surrounding us (plus Schwiney, the wonderpig)…

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Aussie!

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Currywurst. Wurst, with curry.

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Not sure if I’ll see that again. You wave that flag!

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Some conversions

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Sea.

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
A common love of beer

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest
Teenage pole-dancing, sponsored by Coke. WTF??

Australia v Germany, Berlin Fan Fest

And Germany score. All downhill from there!!

Yellow U-bahn carriages

Travelling back to the hostel was a slight ordeal…. mostly with the excited Germans jumping up and down in the carriages, singing the rif from Seven Nation Army

Which may or may not have caused TWO trains to be declared broken.. how did they put it? Oh defekt heh. We all bundled out of one, into another which needed “Resetting”… oh dear.

Next day we headed out to the Stasi museum… which was interesting but not really enough English to understand everything!

Stasi Museum

Stasi Museum
Super secret spy stuff

Stasi Museum

Stasi Museum
This is how I want my breakfast laid out, okay?

Stasi Museum

Stasi Museum
Approved channels only.

Stasi Museum

Loved our trains in Germany…. I’m still curious about how they blocked off the subways during the division on Berlin…

Stations were all diferent colours

Berlin

Berlin
Can I get a clock/calendar like this?

Berlin

Berlin
Shame it wasn’t in season for Strawberries yet

Cheap, salty noodles
Cheap and very very salty noodles

Berlin
At the Berlin wall and the Topography of Terrors

Berlin Wall
Still such a foreign world to me

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

Wandered into the Central park…

Berlin
Rocks from all over the world

Berlin

Berlin
The lion and his lioness

Berlin
Bunnies

Berlin

S-Bahn

Tank Green
How about the colour?

Berlin
I just noticed that there’s a sticker from the Arts centre on this!

For dinner, we went to Nord Sud, a little French cafe with a choice of three set menus, for only €7,50 each! Rish and I tried two of these :)

Cafe Nord Sud
Local photographers sold pictures from the walls

Cafe Nord Sud
Red for me, white for Rish

Cafe Nord Sud
Rish’s starter. ?Chili con carne, if I remember right

Cafe Nord Sud
Pate for me

Cafe Nord Sud
They kept us stocked with bread!

Cafe Nord Sud
Stroganoff

Cafe Nord Sud
Cous cous and sausage. Slightly sweet sausage, I think

Cafe Nord Sud

Cafe Nord Sud
Dessert!

Berlin
We would have been so lost at times without the GPS on Rish’s phone.

Vanilla Gelato
Rish went for a second dessert – Vanilla gelato, which was, I’m told, not as good as the one in Vienna

Then, on our final night in Germany we headed out after a few drinks to Raw Tempel a cooler-than-thou electro/house/dance club in an old railway shed. We danced and danced, and things were just heating up when we had to leave around 3:30 to get back to the hostel to grab our things for the train back to Frankfurt…. then the flight to KL… *sigh* It was REALLY REALLY hard to leave Berlin. How long til we can go back?

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  1. Laura
    August 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Wow, stay classy, coca cola!

    • August 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

      Oh I know… we were standing there going “is this what we think it is?” .. 13 year old girls dancing (badly but) suggestively around cornerposts to win a prize from Coca-Cola. heh.

  2. August 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Yay, I recognise parts of this! Yay, Berlin! I want to go back too, and see more of Germany all up. Still can’t believe I got so sick in Munich… boo! I didn’t even eat currywurst…

  3. August 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Not quite a shadow on the Fernsehturm – but the way the sunlight reflected off it made a cross.
    Check out one of my pics of it – down the bottom of http://kazza.id.au/europe_2008/2008/05/day-7-6th-may-berlin.html

  4. August 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Very comprehensive look at Berlin!

  5. jess
    August 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Do they just have rabbits hopping around the park like that?

    • August 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

      yup! there were heaps in Frankfurt too.

  6. August 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I brought an Ampelmann t-shirt when I was in Dresden, but there was heaps of other cool stuff that I wanted to get. Love the Ampelmann.

    • August 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      *jealous* ahh well. next time.

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