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Aug. 28th, 2011 @ 01:21 pm Berlin
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So, last week we went to Berlin. We had booked a 'loft', which gave us enough space to relax when we were not pounding the pavements of the city. It's located in the Prenzlauer Berg area, with lots of small and large eateries around. It's also only a few minutes on foot from a stop on the U2 metro line -- which stops pretty much everywhere you want to go.
We bought another city guide from the same type that had served us so well in New York, featuring lots of walks through the city, with key highlights pointed out. Again, the guide took us to interesting places -- next time we go somewhere, I'll see if they have a guide for that place too.

To me, Berlin seems a lot like Copenhagen. However, Berlin seems less... polished. It's definately a city with a recent history (the Berlin Wall) in a country with a recent history (the division and WW2), and the scars of those events are still there. Near to the loft, on the Kastanienallee, there was a big building with "Capitalism kills" written on it in large letters -- that's not something that I would expect to find in Copenhagen, but it's there in Berlin.
We had a good time, but we didn't feel quite at home like we do in Tokyo or like we did in New York. I'll recommend it to anyone, but I'm not sure if we'll return any time soon.
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From:gertvr
Date:August 28th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Zoals ik je al schreef, heb ik met plezier jullie mailverslagen gelezen. Berlijn staat intussen op ons "must-do" lijstje. Weet alleen niet of dit voor of na ons volgende New York reisje zal zijn ;-)
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
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Leuk! babarage wilde ook al gaan. Als jullie niet tegelijk gaan, dan kunnen jullie onze reisgids lenen!
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From:merle_
Date:August 28th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Which brand of city guide? I usually head to the library and bookstores and browse through and end up with different brands for each major trip.

I enjoyed the six hours I spent wandering around Berlin, but it seemed like a really gritty city. Maybe the area nearest the train terminal is just more industrial. München, though, was a blast.
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
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It's a Dutch brand, 100%. They have a distinct European bias, too. But what I do like about them, is that they give 6 (or more) walks through the city.
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From:nnk0711
Date:August 28th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh ik vond Berlijn echt een heel fijne stad =) Fijn contrast tussen geschiedenis die je nog voelt, en moderne architectuur en musea =)
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
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Ik vond het iets te 'gritty' voor mijn smaak (zoals tyggerjai het treffend uitdrukt). Ben je wel eens in Kopenhagen geweest?
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From:tyggerjai
Date:August 29th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
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Interesting. I immediately felt at home in Berlin, and went back for about 3 months, we loved it so much. Gritty is part of the appeal for us, we like the graffiti and the scars. Horses for courses, I suppose. I nearly got a gig in Copenhagen recently, but the timing was too tight. Maybe next year :)
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
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"Grit" is a good way to describe it. I didn't care much for it -- perhaps the clean surface of Tokyo spoiled me. ;)
I wonder what you'd think of Copenhagen.
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From:bouncie
Date:September 1st, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
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Hmm Berlijn <3! Wij zijn er maar heel kort geweest (zaterdag ochtend 5 uur er heen en zondag rond 4 uur 's middags weer terug)
maar de sfeer was echt fijn.
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From:fub
Date:September 1st, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
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't Is wel de moeite waard om de volgende keer wat langer te blijven!
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From:bouncie
Date:September 2nd, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
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Ja op zich wel, maar het was voor ons gewoon een last minute uitje waarvoor we geen vrije dagen hoefde op te nemen :D Het is weer wat anders dan uit aan in Amsterdam ;)
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