Berlin, Europe, Germany

My Summer Love … Is Berlin.

August 31, 2014
Picnic in Monbijoupark

In absence of a boyfriend, a girl like me who likes to travel tends to have relationships with cities instead of men.

My true love is Berlin. My soulmate, Mr. Right, the “one”. I moved to Berlin and lived there for 18 months. That time, although brief, changed my life forever and I haven’t been the same since.

Flowers in Prenzlauerberg

Flowers for my love. Or really, some random flowers placed in a drain pipe along a residential street in Prenzlauerberg.

I’ve been back in Toronto for almost two years now. I love my life at home but a day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about my beloved. I miss it there so much that my heart aches and my annual summer vacations are simply never enough. Time flies by all too quickly and suddenly I’m saying a bittersweet goodbye.

But that’s all we have together, so that’s why I’ve taken to calling Berlin, my summer love.

My Summer Love … Is Berlin

To say that I was excited about my summer vacation would be an understatement. I was eager to be back and drove everyone around me crazy as I talked nonstop about Berlin. There was lost sleep from all my pent-up energy and a countdown of the days until I’d finally jump on the plane.

I had plans for lazing in parks, writing in cafés, drinking German beer and staying out late. I wanted to pretend I was living there again and not do any touristy things. I didn’t see Brandenburger Tor or the Berliner Dom even once.

Tanning in Volkspark Friedrichshain

Lazing about in Volkspark Friedrichshain with friends. There’s really no better way to spend a summer day!

Vacation Photos

Like a proud kid, I show you my favourite Instagram photos from my brief time of “living” in Berlin. I know I wasn’t actually living there but hey, let me dream.

Dreams Are Not Enough Street Art in Berlin

Street art wisdom tells us that dreams are not enough. They’re never enough, are they?

Residential Buildings in Prenzlauerberg

When I arrived in Berlin last summer, I took a similar photo so it was only natural to begin my vacation in the same fashion.

Picnic in Monbijoupark

This is how my vacation started – having a picnic in Monbijoupark with friends.

Germany World Cup Champion Flags in Berlin

Although it was over a month since Germany reigned supreme at the World Cup, traces of the celebrations remained.

Hanging Out at Berliner Mauerpark.

One cloudy Sunday, I took a walk through Mauerpark and posed as a local hipster.

Entertainment at Mauerpark

There’s usually karaoke in the Bear Pit, but there was this goofy entertainer instead.

Kreuzberg Canals Tourist Trap

It was a beautiful night along the canals in Berlin. I dined at the nearby White Trash with a friend.

Atopia Cafe in Berlin Prenzlauerberg

I wrote a blog post and got hopped up on caffeine at Atopia Kaffeehaus in Prenzlauerberg.

Altwohnung im Prenzlauerberg Berlin

The romance of older European apartment buildings never fails to make my heart skip a beat. On a funny note, look closely to see a piñata on one of the balconies.

 

Sunset in Berlin Prenzlauerberg

Sunsets in Berlin always tend to be pretty spectacular. Also, the M10, a tram which I’ve taken a lot over the years.

Berlin Friedrichstr S-Bahn Station

After attending an InstaMeet in Toronto earlier this year, I’m now obsessed with subway and train stations like the Friedrichstr S-Bahn station.

Eating Out Alone in Berlin

I stayed with a gal pal of mine in Berlin and one weekend she went away. So I had a lovely dinner all by my lonesome, on her terrace one night, drinking wine and reading a good book.

Residential Prenzlauerberg Berlin

This was my view as I ate my solo dinner.

Sunset in Prenzlauerberg Berlin

The same view, later that weekend.

Thaiwiese im Preußenpark Thai Park

This is my new favourite thing to do in Berlin. Having dinner at the Thaipark, where you can buy any Thai dish you can imagine, including insects (which I did not eat)! Everything was delicious, fresh and best of all, cheap. Expert friends inform me that cuisine is also quite authentic. You can also get a shoulder and back massage from a blind lady in the park.

Berlin Bear in Prenzlauerberg

Iconic Berlin Bear.

Stairs in an Old Apartment Building in Berlin

“Altwohnung” is German for old apartment building. My dream is to someday again live in Europe, in a building with stairs like this.

Sunset in Berlin Danzigerstr

This sunset along Danzigerstr was bittersweet as it signified the end of my vacation in Berlin. It was time for me to come back home again.

It was a perfect vacation. I took it slow, enjoyed myself and felt at home right away. It honestly could not have been much better.

A huge thanks to all my friends who made it so special. Can’t wait to see you all again! xoxo

Some Berlin Stuff

If you are into Berlin as much as I am, check out my Berlin archives. If you’re interested in moving there like I did, read my post about how to find a job in Berlin and even make friends in Berlin.

Read these interviews from Berlin localsJames from überlin and Natalye Childress, author of Aftermath of Forever: How I Loved, Lost, and Found Myself.

For fun, listen to Marlene Dietrich’s “Das ist Berlin.”

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19 Comments

  • Reply Lili Florea September 1, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    I love Berlin too…

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 1, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      It’s an easy city to love! 🙂

      • Reply stephen cole September 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        It really is an easy place to love. I would love to be there right now, if only I could find a way into work there!

        • Reply Cheryl Howard September 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

          Hey Stephen – You need to read my article about how to find a job in Berlin! It’s not as tough as you may think. 🙂

          Or if you get a chance, send me an email.

          Cheryl

  • Reply kami September 1, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    such a beautiful post and pictures! I completely understand your relationship with Berlin and I’m not surprised of all the cities you went for that one 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 1, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Thanks Kami! You know when I first moved there, I’d never been there and was surprised to discover that it was the city for me.

  • Reply Francesca (@WorkMomTravels) September 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I love this! I also fell hard for Berlin when I made my first visit there earlier this year. I definitely can see myself living there and would love to do so one day.

  • Reply Cheryl Howard September 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Thanks Francesca! Would be cool if we both live there again someday and can meet for a coffee. 🙂

  • Reply Craig September 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    You make Berlin sound amazing!!! Now I really want to visit. Great post

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Thanks Craig! Berlin is special so hope you make it there soon. 🙂

  • Reply Cynthia September 6, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    It was nice to see a post from someone who feels the same way I do about the city. Having lived there for a spell in 2007, I have tried to return almost every year just to spend time being there. That was the important thing: that I was there and living, not necessarily seeing any sights. I was there about a week ago for a short spell and it’s so refreshing to be back, my heart is so full. Doesn’t it feel like you’ve never left when you go there?
    I have to say that I had no idea about Thaipark– that is right up my alley, I’ll have to check it out next time 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Cynthia – Yes! I felt as if I never left the city at all. You’ll love the Thai Park! It’s such a cool and fun thing to do in the summer. 🙂

  • Reply Escape Hunter September 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Lovely old cupolas!
    On old postcards (prior to WW II), Berlin looked a lot better than today.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I’m sure it looked nice back than too, but it doesn’t look bad today either.

  • Reply Mark October 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    In Berlin I love architecture and art. Great city with soul.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Hey Mark – it is really a great city! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  • Reply bursa kuruigneleme November 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    i have never been there but i want to goto Berlin. 🙂 but i suggest that you should see Turkey if you dont. Turkey and especially Istanbul really great

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Thanks Bursa. I hope to visit Istanbul next year. 🙂

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