My expectations were low. I had a picture in my head that Berlin would be run down and messy. Anyhow, I was looking forward to make my acquaintance with a new city since I really like seeing the world and different cultures.
We left Sweden at 6am monday the 22nd of october. The journey down to Germany went by bus and after a few hours we made it to the south of Sweden and Helsingborg where we would take a ferry to Denmark. After 20 minutes we reached Helsingör and from there we drove straight through the danish lowlands down to Gedser to take the ferry to Rostock. After almost 2 hours we made it to the Germany and from Rostock we drove yet a few more hours to Berlin. We reached Berlin around 8pm in the evening. That evening I just chilled out with a classmate at the hostel.
Day two, tuesday, began with a round trip in the city. We got around with the bus and made a few stops along the way. The day continued with lunch and two museums; the Gemälde Galeri and Neue Nationalgaleri. The Gemälde showed old art and the Neue modern art. This day ended pretty much the same as the first day, but with the delight to see two elderly koreans play “go” at the hostel and later I played with a few germans. I suck at it, lost, and got taught more about how to think, I knew the principles though, win ; )
Day three, wednesday, started at the Ägyptische Museum, where we would among few things see the Nefertiti bust. In the room where Nefertiti was you were not allowed to speak nor take photos, and if you broke any rules you were thrown out from the Museum. After a quick lunch at the Stat Bahnhof the scedule told us to go to the Hamburger Banhof gallery to see modern art. But I did not, I’m not really interested in Andy Warhol and his likes so I went with a classmate to the Museum of Ethnology. Today ended with a few beers and lots of fun and singing and laughs.
Day four, thursday, started at the Pergagonmuseum. Here you could see huge portals and walls reconstructed in original from the old Babylonian time. We also visited the Alte Nationalgaleri which held german artists and from around. In the afternoon I went with a few classmates to the aquarium in the middle of Berlin, that was pretty fun. This was our last night and it ended accordingly, with a party.
Day five, friday, the last day. We had to check out from the hostel at 10am and the bus would go from berlin at 5pm and in between we were free to do what we want. I pared up with a classmate and checked out some really cool stores and cafés. The last thing we did was to shop some food to have on the longer ferry journey, the food did not taste good on the way to Berlin so we thought it probably wouldn’t on the way back either. The journey home felt long, I was home yeasterday, saturday, at 9am, and had during the night slept for, at the most, 4 hours… and not in a row. This Berlin trip was really fun! Below you can see the sunrise in Sweden.
What I thought about Berlin before my journey is not the same as when I left Berlin. I really liked Berlin. It was a nice city, easy to get around, nice people, good food, clean city in general, exciting. I will go back to Berlin some day.