Alone in Berlin

Excluding one short secondary school trip (because, really, do you even register that you’re in a different country on a school trip? It’s more like an extended lunch break), the first time I visited Berlin was on my own. Though I met people once I was there, Berlin was the first place I’d gotten on a plane on my own to go to—so it felt fitting that, given that I had some free time, I would choose to go to this city again solo.

Continue reading “Alone in Berlin”

Writing Berlin

Approximately 11am on the 2nd August 2015. I had just arrived at Berlin Schönefeld airport and was being talked to in broken English by a young Chinese man – my first direct point of contact to City Travel Review, the company I had arranged to come to Berlin for a month with. At one point he simply turned and asked me ‘Do you like Coldplay?’. I was not feeling very reassured.

Continue reading “Writing Berlin”

English Bookshops of Prenzlauer Berg

The wide boulevards of Prenzlauer Berg are unlikely to be places you find yourself wandering down on a whim, but this is precisely where bookshops Shakespeare & Sons, St. George’s English Bookshop, and Do you read me?! are to be found. Catch the underground from Alexanderplatz to Eberswalder Straße and you emerge in a beautiful neighborhood just north of Berlin city centre. First stop: Shakespeare … Continue reading English Bookshops of Prenzlauer Berg

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

At 9.30am on a Saturday morning, Museum Island (Museum Insel) looks like a painting. The classical architecture is awash with golden morning sun and the streets have a hazy, warm quality, as if produced in watercolour. It is a perfect backdrop to the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old Nationalgallery), which is snugly situated on Museum Island next to the Neues Museum. The queue for the entrance is a less appealing prospect; however, patience certainly pays. Upon entering the Gallery and standing under the imposing white marble entrance hall, the waiting is certainly forgiven and forgotten.

Continue reading “Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin”

me Collectors Room, Berlin

With its modern glass frontage contrasted against the quaint neoclassical architecture of its neighbours along Auguststraße, it is difficult to miss me Collectors Room. Part chilled café, part exhibition space, the gallery also plays host to the Olbricht Collection – a showcase of over 200 curiosities ranging from intricately crafted wooden skulls to stuffed turtles. Continue reading “me Collectors Room, Berlin”

Unter den Linden, Berlin

Between the Brandenburg Gate in the West and the main building of Humboldt University in the East stretches Unter den Linden, one of Berlin’s most important commercial streets. It is a bustling international thoroughfare, home to the Russian Embassy, Berlin’s branch of the waxwork museum Madame Tussauds, and dozens of restaurants. While at pedestrian level this might seem like any other city centre street, you must walk with your eyes to the sky to truly appreciate it. Continue reading “Unter den Linden, Berlin”