Berlin

The capital of Germany reminded me a lot of home, or at least initially. For instance, the Television Tower in Berlin resembles a whole lot like the CN Tower back in Toronto. Also similar to Toronto, Berlin has a wide variety of restaurants featuring food from different cultures. Our first night, we went to Markthalle Neun, a weekly food market selling a large variety of dishes from different cuisines.

The city of Berlin is so rich in history that I would highly recommend doing a guided tour to learn more. We did a bike tour that lasted about four hours, and it was a great way to see the entire city. Below is the Holocaust Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. From afar, all the blocks seem relatively short and organized… But once you walk through the memorial, you realize that some blocks are actually really tall, and they’re not arranged in an organized manner either.

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Our guide gave us many explanations as to why this is; one of them is that despite everything looking okay and calm from the outside, the situation is actually really chaotic once you get a closer look- depicting a common situation and perspective during World War II.

Halfway through our bike tour, we also stopped at a beer garden in the middle of a park for lunch.

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Our next stop after lunch was the Berlin Wall, a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally completed in 1990.

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One of the most popular foods to eat in Berlin is currywurst: sausage topped with ketchup and curry powder, and often served with fries. To be honest, I didn’t find this dish to be anything too amazing but Berlin even have a museum for it.

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However, I would recommend the #1 cheap eats restaurant in Berlin (according to TripAdvisor) called Mabuhay. This was probably the most amazing Indonesian food I’ve ever tasted.

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Berlin is definitely a cool city to explore, moving away from its past and becoming a really hip and lively city worth visiting.

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