Tuesday 15 February 2011

back from berlin

Hi guys!

I'm back. Well actually we arrived back home yesterday but we were so exhausted from the 10 hours bus drive that we spent the whole Sunday in bed.
I tell you these two long bus drives there and back were the most wearisome I've ever had! 30 people in one small tour bus without a toilet. And on top of that most of the guys wouldn't stop drinking beer so that we had to make a million pee stops.

Anyway, we arrived in Berlin Friday morning 8 am. It was not before 2 pm that we could check in at our hostel, so we had breakfast at a café and started our first Berlin exploration tour to kill time. It was so tiring after the sleepless night in the bus (sleepless because it was SO uncomfortable and the beer drinkers had not stopped talking). So we tried to keep our Friday calm: a little round trip with the sightseeing bus, a walk through the zoo aquarium, at 2 pm check-in at the hostel, trying to get some sleep and in the evening there was this concert Patrick's band had won last month.

our hostel "Wombat's"

Berlin's famous pedestrian lights: red...

... and green

the TV tower at Alexanderplatz

funny piranha at the aquarium :)

Saturday - still exhausted from Friday - I became ill, cough, sore throat, the full program, awesome... We had the whole Saturday to do some more sightseeing before going back home at night, so I took some flu meds because we had lots of plans.
We visited a couple of the standard sights, ran around a lot (blisters...), visited a hardcore and metal record shop in Kreuzberg (the boys were so happy) and afterwards ended up staying in a bar called Morgenland for several hours although we actually only wanted to warm ourselves with a tea. Man, did we have a blast! It was the funniest evening ever and the cocktail happy hour made it even better.
Later that night we went back to the hostel and spend the last hours that were left at the hostel's own roof terrace bar with the whole group. Then we all climbed into the bus at 2 am and the journey home began.

this is where Angela Merkel works (the Bundeskanzleramt)

the Reichstag

"Oh these paparazzis! No pictures please!" ;)

we had lunch at the Hardrock Cafe (yummy burgers)

I found Hotel California :D hm unfortunately it's not THE Hotel California

Brandenburger Tor (it's really small, I always thought it's bigger)

the Holocaust memorial

looks stunning, doesn't it?

Patrick between the stelae

the order of the stelae forms long grey aisles

cocktail happy hour

Hey and I even managed to follow through with my shopping ban! Okay, I had to buy me a scarf because of the sore throat, but I bought a simple cheap one for 3€, so it had nothing to do with "buying something nice" you know.

By the way: thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post and all the good advice concerning my losing weight project! I think I have to explain one thing to you: you guys really don't need to worry! I really really love food, I love to eat, so I will never ever skip whole meals or prohibit myself to eat sweets or something! I only want to try replacing certain snacks, especially at the office where snack traps are lurking. Oh and somebody asked if I have a certain goal: I'd say to lose 5 kilos is a good start, no? And afterwards we'll see.
I'll keep you informed.

Thanks again and have a great day! :)
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  1. Oh Berlin! These photos reminded me of my trip back in 2009. That infamous traffic light is definitely memorable :D I also went to the stelae, but instead of taking photos in between them, I stood on top of it :p

    Anyway, glad to hear you had a good time in Berlin. I want to go back!!!!


  2. Love your photos, so happy to hear you had a great time despite being ill and not much sleep! I always find little trips like that to be very exhausting... xx

  3. Oooh dsnkeschön für posten! Das habe ich mit sehr großem Interesse gelesen!

  4. wow, you managed to see so much in spite of the nasty flu (I'm just getting over it too) And the pictures are awesome. Love your tennis shoes, by the way. Very cute. And good job on keeping up with the shopping ban. It's always SO much harder to stick to than we think. (Speaking from experience :)

    Glad to see you had such a great time with your boy. Hope you're feeling better now that you've had some rest!

  5. Gorgeous photos, glad to hear you had such a great trip! And the scarf totally doesn't count in the shopping ban, it was a necessity to keep you from getting sicker ;)
    M xo

  6. Ohh it looks like your trip was very fun! I find it so funny that the hostel was called "Wombat's" as wombats are very cute Australian animals that look like huge hamsters ;P

  7. Wow, looks like you saw alot in one day!! Looks like fun even though you couldn't sleep!

  8. Nice photos, hope you enjoy yourself in your trip! :)


  9. Berlin looks so wonderful, too bad the bus ride was uncomfortable. At least it was worth it, you got to see so many places and you had fun.
    I wish you the best of luck with your diet, I am sure you'll get rid of 5 kg in no time.

  10. sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

    usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

    i hope it works on you as well.

  11. so do you recommend that hostel?! mark and i are going there next month!

  12. I absolutely want to visit Berlin too, it seems such a lovely city :)

  13. amazing dear :-)

    xoxo http://wonderfashionista.blogspot.com/

  14. WOW 8 jahre!!!! wie krass! und glückwunsch!
    chris und ich sind jetz 2 jahre zusammen.. etwas länger... also wir haben 3 seiner geburtstage zusammen verbracht :D
    Einen jahrestag (monatstag etc) haben wir auch nicht. Bei uns ist es nicht so wirklich definierbar wann wir denn jetzt genau zusammen waren xD
    Aber passt schon! Hauptsache wir lieben uns!

  15. Wow, it's really good to read about your trips :D
    How are you Carina? It has been a while, I am sorry...
    The picture above Patrick is a great shot!!! :)
    Take care and see you around~



  16. You are so lucky and I'm all envious! I really need to travel anytime soon lol and you are even luckier to live 2 hours away from Berlin. Everything looks so fun and you guys are just lovely!

    Ps. Sorry for the late reply, my life has been too busy for words lol

    Have an excellent day! (:
    Sanny's Head to Heart

  17. Ahh falling sick while on a trip is the worst, glad you managed to have a great time anyway. I want to go to Berlin sometime soon, it's supposed to be completely awesome, so I'm jealous!

    xx Kim
    Paper Bird Love Songs

  18. Berlin ! Yai ! Makes me so missing Berlin last year !
    Anw, how can you take photo in stelae ? Because when I try to take some photos, the guider force me to not taking photos there :(

    Liz Secret Rendezvous


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