Spontaneous Trip to Berlin
I already have given you a sneak preview of my short trip to Berlin on Instagram. But I’m going to elaborate as to why I was there in the first place.
As I have probably already mentioned, my father works in Lebanon and because I still haven’t had the chance to visit him, but want to sometime for longer, I am eligible to stay over the regular 30 days possessing a specific kind of visa.
And this can only be regulated through the visa department in Berlin.
Because my dad was here on holiday, this was the best opportunity to get everything ready.
Still cheap travels
As you know, I’m a bargain hunter when it comes to, well, everything besides food and special events and experiences.
I’d rather spend my money on things actually contributing to my overall happiness and the way of traveling isn’t one of them.
This time the bus would have been the cheapest means of travel too. But my dad wasn’t overly excited when I told him it was a 8 1/2 hours bus drive. So, we searched for the cheapest flights.
In the end, our choice was EasyJet with 88€ p.P. for the whole journey.
As for accommodation, we were in luck and booked a really great hotel for 90€ per night/room. So that’s 45€ p.P/night.
For staying for 2 nights that’s absolutely fine.
The name of the Hotel is ‘Derag Livinghotel Großer Kurfürst’.
Especially because the U-Bahn station ‘Märkisches Museum’ was right next to the hotel and well connected to the whole transportation system.
Also, breakfast was inclusive. And they had a variety of bread rolls, scrambled eggs, danishes and so on.
DAY 1: FEAR NO MORE
My Thursday started really early as our flight was at 8:40. And I’m not a morning person. But in order to get the most out of our trip, it had to be like that.
Directly after arriving In Berlin, we went to get my passport done and afterwards had a lunch at ‘Zen House’ where they have a variety of vegetarian dishes and especially meals with vegan duck (made of seitan) or other meat-like substitutes.
I went there for the black rice sushi rolls, but I was a bit disappointed. Maybe it was just because I chose a combination I would cook myself at home anyways and was a bit underwhelmed. But it tasted good, even though not bombastic.
In the afternoon I did something I was afraid to do in the past. Meet new people while I’m still sick.
I never wanted to burden someone else additionally as I knew I couldn’t start new friendships without telling them what I’ve been up to the past 2 years.
But I decided that I want to try getting to know new people, especially now, that I’m in need for faces and personal stories for my photography.
So, what can I say, it was one of the best decisions I made recently, as Nika is an absolute gem and we got along right from the start 🙂 We took pictures of each other and went to have a quick bite, but we also could deep talk right from the beginning.
And in the future, we will definitely try to get together again 🙂
DAY 2: WORKING AND EATING
Unfortunately I couldn’t find someone to meet up with me on Friday, but I guess this was ok, so I could spend some time with my dad.
After breakfast I needed to work on some posts and edit pictures (still the ones from Berlin) and for lunch we went to ‘The Bowl’, a vegan restaurant with exceptional food!
I had kind of a bad reaction (only head and muscle aches) due to the volume or spices or lack of sleep in general, so the afternoon was low-key.
But in the evening, my dad and I met up with a friend of my dads’s and her boyfriend who happened to be a professional photographer 🙂
Of course we talked photography all night long and went to the ‘Irving Penn: Centennial’ Vernissage.
The night was a lot of fun as it was just showing that people of different generations can spend time together and I got to see my dad drunk which was hilarious 😀
DAY 3: VEGAN FOOD & FRIENDS
One downside of staying at hotels: Check-out is pretty early.
Before meeting up with another lovely girl, my dad and I met a friend of his, the uncle of a friend of mine, whom we know through them two visiting us in NY when we lived there. Yeah, the earth is small 😀
Because I managed to fill up my SD card with Nika, I made a small stop at Saturn to get a new one (just in case :D).
Then I met Sarah at ‘What do you fancy love?’ where I had a guacamole bagel and a smoothie called ‘Big Boy’ which were both veeeery delicious, so check them out when you’re in Berlin.
Sarah and I stayed in there for 3 hours just talking and then took some pictures around the area of the Berlin Zoo. Keep a look out on my instagram account, but here’s a photo of her:
In the evening my dad and I just picked up our luggage and went to the airport to catch our flight.
Yes, it was a short trip, but a significant one for me.
Like I said in the beginning, I was really afraid that people wouldn’t understand the situation I’m still in or feel bad for me.
Obviously that Isn’t the case.
Both Nika and Sarah were really empathetic, but also funny and just very beautiful souls and a pleasure to get to know and hopefully hang out with again.
For the future: I’m planning to form meaningful relationships the same way here in Duesseldorf. You will see how that goes 🙂
Have you ever met up with someone you met on social media?
Or would you do it? 🙂