I knew from the start that 5 days in Berlin wasn't enough. Having the opportunity to stay with my dear friend Adam Munnings who had just moved there, was too good to be true. To give us some speed we hired bikes from Rent a Bike 44, at a modest price of €4 per day and yet There just weren't enough hours in the day to explore all Berlin had to offer.
One of the most enchanting things about Berlin is its humbly gorgeous grime. Not just the abundance of Street Art left, right, center, up, down, in your bathroom and on the ceiling of your favorite cafe - but all over Berlin there are abandoned airports and amusements parks and buildings that have been legally converted into nightclubs, recreational areas and public parks.
I had the most wonderful time picnicking at Tempelhoff Park and learning all about its history. Tempelhoff is Berlins gigantic pre-World War II airport who's runways are now used as a pedestrian/cycling/skateboarding/wind-skateboarding(totally new to me) track. I mean anything that goes fast and you wish to propel down a 7000ft runway is allowed. I found myself sprinting down the runway early one morning, following the huge arrows with my arms spread wide like an airplane. Hopefully no one saw me... This park also features an immense community garden made form all recycled materials, full to the brim with of the most impressive variety of fruits, vegetables and edible flowers. I found my self lost in there for over an hour. On the other side of the park is a circus/hippy commune where artists and other people alike seem to reside. Then fenced off in an area surrounding what used to be the terminal building a refugee camp is being build to house those seeking asylum in Germany. Fairly Efficient use of space guys!
Also just want to shout out to Germany for being so efficient with their recycling system. There's a very strict recycling policy and the best part is anyone, anywhere in the city is involved. For example when you see beer bottles left lined up neatly in parks or on the street, it's generally left for someone in need to collect and take to the recycling machines (of which there are many) to earn some cash. Not only this but when your out (in da club) you can take your own bottles whether it be water, beer or a club mate spiked with vodka back to the bar and you get €1 per bottle. That basically means every 4 bottles you collect you get a free beer ... Free beer and less landfill? Can't complain. Right?
When you visit a place it's evident that the music played in public says something about the culture. From your taxi to the convenient economy store, in the park or by a lake, market stalls and record shops. Music everywhere. Techno to be precise. I'm in heaven .
Maurer park is where it's at! This Place is a must on a Sunday, whether you go in the Arvo or you head there after a night out. There's a wide variety of delicious food, cheap vintage and basically a set up like multiple stages with live music all day at the this park (or just a make shift. A Sub and Generator will do ). You can bop along to some live reggae, drum in a drumming circle, hula hoop or poi with all the trippers at their psytrance gathering, or sing along with 100 other people to karaoke as the sun sets over the city.
There's something awfully uniquely "Berlin" about the dilapidated and Derelict buildings converted into nightclubs. Here there everywhere, subdued thumping perpetuates into the night as you stand somewhat sheepish in an everlasting line of Black on black on black. And then there's me - wearing rainbow and red. (luckily it was Berlin Pride so I got away with it).
Neukölln had some very unique vintage stores -
Humana, Calypt and Viest were among the Favourites that i could remember!
Next time I return you'll find Adam and I wandering the streets and markets in search of cute bum bags
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