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Right people. Bristol was amazing and if you missed the last few posts, here’s a recap:
Here are the previous posts that I wrote:
In a few weeks, I’ll tell you all about my visit to the city of Bath too but for now, it’s going to be aaaaaall about Berlin.
Yes, my sweet Berlin.
My new home-town!
I’ve been living here since for ages and it never gets old. I still feel as if I’ve only just got here ‘cos it’s fresh, it’s always on the move, and new things pop up in every corner and I’ve written about some of those things such as:
Most importantly, because of this here blog and most importantly, living in Berlin, I’ve been getting marvellous opportunities.
Did I even tell you that about a month ago, I was contacted by a lady from the very esteemed and respected high-brow newspaper – The Telegraph – Yes. Me!
I was astounded.
I was so shocked that I googled the lady who contacted me.
She was legit.
I’ll let you know when it’s out!
So back to Beeeeerlin!
Just because I’m a British expat, doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to visit Berlin. For the very first time!
Just because I’m a British expat, doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to visit Germany anew!!
Just because I’m British and England is “down the road” doesn’t mean that I don’t understand how daunting it can be if you come from countries overseas like the US, Canada, countries in Asia and even Switzerland!
It can be scary, especially if you don’t speak German.
In fact, just to prove it, I’ve been working with the VisitBerlin team and since December 4th, I’ve been going to some of my favourite places and also some new places, so that you can see for yourself.
I know that visitors would looove to spend weeks here but the reality is, a weekend is the longest that most people can manage, so next week, I’m going to write about how you can spend 48 hours in this marvellous city called Berlin.
I’m going to make this as brief as I can as I’m in the middle of The Best of Berlin in 48 Hours campaign so I can’t actually tell you what I’ve been doing as I haven’t finished yet! In that wise, the best thing to do is just to read on and follow me anyway. Whaddya think?!
As of now, we have two (2) airports namely Tegel Airport in the West of Berlin and Schönefeld Airport in the East of Berlin. Tegel is my favourite as it’s fantastically small and you’re in and out in a matter of minutes and there’s also a TXL Airport Express bus! However, if you’re short on pennies then the budget / obscure-name / package holiday airlines fly into Schönefeld and there’s an Airport Express train that gets punters into the city. As of now, the airport is still small but queues are long, and seats are limited, so get ready to sit on the floor!
I mean, YOLO right!!
Thinking of legit, there is one place that I can recommend as I used it to house my brother and his kids and our young son, a few years ago! My brother is my favourite sibling and we’re extremely close so I even went to each and every apartment just to ensure that it met my expectations. They are very, very popular as children are free. Yes free! A fully functioning kitchen is also included and the bedroom-apartments are in the gentrified residential area of Prenzlauerberg! It’s called Pension Marie. It’s not a luxury apartment, and somewhat basic, but it’s right in the middle of the tourist district and did I say? If you have children, they are completely and utterly free of charge!
And there are many more like them. Do your research and if you’re happy, book weeeeeell ahead!
The Berlin WelcomeCard also includes public transport and discounts between 25 – 50% at more than 200 tourist attractions. It comes with a practical guide with an overview of all the discounts possible, a map of Berlin and Potsdam and a plan of Berlin’s local public transport system. You can also download an App.
The Berlin WelcomeCard can also be issued and sold by the VisitBerlin shops which can be found at all six Berlin Tourist Information Offices. It can also be purchased at public transport ticket machines operated by the Underground (BVG) and mainline / urban train stations (S-Bahn), at the airports, in many hotels & hostels or simply by booking online.
The old blacksmith and his iron-tools and hammer, the man with a twirly moustache and in Berlin’s case – organic grilled sausage, grilled pork, salt-crusted pretzels, historic craft beer and home-made glühwein (mulled wine) tippled with a swig of Amaretto Italian liqueur or clotted cream (!) and served by a well-dressed urban hipster!
Oh yes, indeed.
You can also read more about German food or German traditions and or the German Christmas Market and or wait for my new post next week!
That’s it for now.
You can catch up with all the places that I have been going to or am going to go to, by following me on Twitter & Facebook.
This post is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary Berlin WelcomeCard to try out, all the wonderful opinions about the city of Berlin are my very own!
I have so much to share with you so next week I’ll be writing about how to explore Berlin in just 48 hours.
As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!
If you have any questions about Berlin, don’t be shy, I’m an expert! I’m not called The British Berliner for nothing, let me know!
December is cooling down!
Watch this space!
See you in Berlin.
I don’t even know where to start! I obviously need to spend a few months (years) in Berlin. Seems like it would be a perfect fit for us. Thailand has us right now for a few more years, but after… well, who knows what could happen. 🙂 Portugal still calls to our hearts, but maybe a trip to Berlin would be worth it first. 🙂
Great news on the Telegraph! Can’t wait to see what it is! xoxox, Jenny
Thanks so much Jenny! Oh yeah. Berlin for years & years lol! But honestly speaking, Thailand is pretty cool too. When we went last year “The Tall Young Gentleman” was pretty impressed and that’s not easy as he was 12 years old at the time!!!! He particularly liked Chiang Mai – I smell a GAP Year in the horizon…!
It’s funny that you should say Portugal as it’s a lovely country and at the beginning of 2016, I’ll tell you why lol!
p.s. Thanks re The Telegraph. I can’t wait to see what she writes either. Gulp! 🙂 xoxoxo
There is so much to do in Berlin, need more than 48 hours for sure 🙂 . Lovely round up. I love that picture of you strolling down the street, and the food pictures..yum! We would visit Berlin again, we liked it..but there are so many places to explore before that, it has to take a back seat..even though l have been thinking of that huge do similar to the WTM..we’ll see…
Thanks so much kemkem! You’re right about that. Sometimes, I don’t even know where to begin as it’s so hard to choose, but I’ll try lol! Thanks for the lovely comments about my photos. That’s so nice of you. 🙂 As for the ITB, it’s going to be so much fun, so if you do decide to join in, then there will always be an airbed / sofa for yourself & Frederico. You only need to ask… 🙂 🙂
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You’ve had some incredible opportunities come your way, you should be so proud, you’re a great ambassador for Berlin. I hope we manage to get to Germany at some point in 2016.
Thanks so much Amy! 2015 has been brilliant and I do hope that I’m doing a fine job putting Berlin on the map as not only a tourist attraction, but as a place to live and work lol!
‘Hope you make it to my corner in 2016 as I look forward to meeting you both! Have a great festive season and “see” you next year!
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