The purpose of our visit to Berlin last week was to spend the NYEs there. Since we have many friends living in the city, we thought we would have had the chance to meet up with them too. It was basically how the whole week went.
First of all, I must admit that I was expecting the city to be snowy. It didn’t snow until my last day. It was pretty cold, though.
“Photoautomat Challenge” has been the main theme of our last Berlin trip. We had our photos taken at almost every photo booth we stumbled upon around the city and had so much fun!
Then we heard about the terror attack to one of the most famous night clubs of Istanbul, Reine, on the NYE. Our mood was all gone. Yet, we spent as much quality time as we can during the week.
Anyways, I wanted to share the list of the places that I liked hanging out with my friends in Berlin:
Before going a bit further, I must say that at many of the hip places in the city, smoking is allowed. Since most of my friends and I are non-smokers, our options narrowed down a bit. Here we go:
- Luzia – This place was our neighbourhood bar, we hung out almost every night. The bartenders are super cool and mostly ignorant, but when you manage to get their attention somehow, then you are awarded by shots of their delicious cocktails. Our favourite was Caramel Daiquiri.
- An einem Sonntag im August – The decoration and atmosphere of the place are unique, and it is super cosy. The food is great. They have a special room for smokers too.
- Hype Type– Originally a design store, but also a cool cafe where you can sip your coffee while sitting next to a huge printing machine.
- Burritos Dolores – Everything is super delicious !
- Cafe OstFee – It is pretty close Mauer Park. When you are around the neighbourhood and do not feel like hanging out at the flea market, then OstFee is an amazing option. Their waffles are great.
- Keyser Soze – If you are a fan of Kevin Spacey like myself and familiar with the movie “Usual Suspects”, then the name would attract your attention immediately. It is pretty cosy and located in the heart of the city.
- Weinerei – This place has been known for its “Pay what you want” strategy. But I am not sure it still exists. I was there in the afternoon and paid what was charged for tea and croissant sandwich (which was pretty delicious with herbs and sauce) The decoration is worth giving a look at least.
Here is a review on the Guardian about the place (an old one though) .
- I am not sure about other European countries, but I can tell that Vietnam cuisine is quite trendy in Berlin. Maybe I haven’t noticed it before since now I have a bit more selective perception. There is a bunch of Vietnamese restaurants and cafes, but we hung out at these 3 and loved the food and everything:
Last year every time I left my dearest Istanbul, a horrifying incident occurred either in the city or somewhere else in the country, including my hometown Ankara. I wanted to believe it was the curse of 2016, although I knew it wasn’t for sure.
We were discussing with friends whole week; I told them that it is a bit harder for me to cope up with the things going on in the country when I am away. I worry more about my family, friends and give a bit more thought about the reasons and outcome of the incidents. I check the news more frequently for instance, even obsessively.
But when I am home, even though I am worried or stressed out, I give less f..k. I don’t follow the news that much, I tend to focus on my daily life and work. I don’t want to sound cheesy, but maybe it is because when I am home, the chance of me getting injured or killed is almost the same as my beloved ones. Being closer to them, even though I can do nothing in case of a terrible situation, gives me some sort of relief, just because we are in the same boat.
“Could it get any worse?” was the question of the last year. And every time we raised this question, something worse happened.
We may not be able to see a bright future in the short run.
However, I hope you keep searching for a glimpse of light to give you the strength to move on and find a way to enjoy your life in these dark times.
As John Berger said: “The point about hope is that it is something that occurs in very dark moments. It is like a flame in the darkness; it isn’t like a confidence and a promise.”
May his soul rest in peace!