Spending 18 months in Berlin was a dream come true. Returning home to Canada was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. In part, I’d wanted to come back but at the same time I also wanted to stay in Germany. When I boarded my plane to Toronto, tears poured down my face as I pondered whether or not I’d made the right decision.
My intentions were pretty straight forward – hang out with friends and enjoy myself. I purposely didn’t make any concrete plans and just let things happen naturally.
I further vowed that I would not work whatsoever. There would be no checking of office emails and there would be no blogging responsibilities – except a post or two if I felt compelled to write. Remarkably since arriving here in Berlin, I’ve felt more inspired to write than I have in months. Something about this place just makes me feel alive!
I ended up writing a long post about my life before travel blogging (what I like to sarcastically call “BTB“), a very personal and emotional story of mine which I called What I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was 26.
Berlin brings out the snap happy Instagrammer in me. Now, let’s have at it with the first round of my Berlin Instagram photos.
Starting my vacation off right, I headed to a beer festival with my friend Adam (read his take here).
The Club Mate was to keep me awake and the beer was to get me drunk! Nothing more classy than double-fisting, yeah?
This only reminded me how beautiful a dusk in Berlin can be. Snapped this at Alexanderplatz while waiting for the S-Bahn to visit my friend Nicole and meet her adorable new baby (who already has her own passport)!
The following day, I walked through Prenzlauer Berg on my way to meet my friend Luci and attend her going away party.
My fourth day took me back to West Berlin, where I watched the sunset at a biergarten in the Tiergarten.
Later that week, I visited Alexanderplatz and took a cliched photo of the TV Tower, happy for once it was not the CN Tower.
These are grill walkers, men or women who walk around with giant barbeques strapped to their bodies and sell sausages to tourists. A perk of the job – there’s a built in umbrella if it happens to rain!
Saved the best for last – back in Prenzlauer Berg, I spied yet another rainbow! This was dusk as viewed from my friend’s terrace.
Berlin has been nothing less than fantastic! There will be at least one or two more posts showing more of my Instagram photos as it’s just been that good …
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