Berlin: Teil zwei

If there is one thing Berlin has plenty of, it’s patios. I like this. I don’t think there is any scenario in which I take umbrage with there being unlimited options for outside dining and wine drinking. It’s how I would spend all day every day if I had my druthers. And Graffiti. They like their chaotic street art in Berlin. Patios and graffiti. Oh, and their bicycles. Patios, graffiti and bicycles. And depressing, grandiose memorials.  I should start over….

Truthfully, I was taken aback by Berlin’s laissez-faire attitude. Particularly as it is located in a country who’s people are stereotyped as being strict and rigid and preoccupied with maintaining order. As evidence of its go-with-the-flow personality,  I submit to you their aforementioned lax policy on building defacement, as well as the fact that in Berlin, it’s perfectly acceptable to stroll down the street with a beer in hand–in glass bottles no less! Definitely a no-no stateside. Further, during an afternoon outing to one of the city’s community pools, we witnessed no fewer than 3924761432342 children sliding down a water slide at once. And running on wet cement–an activity the American lifeguard community views as being on par with smoking a cigarette indoors—is not only not reprimanded, it seemed downright encouraged. Then, there’s the part where before Heath jumped off the diving board, he politely asked the pool’s only lifeguard whether doing flips was permissible. He was met with a befuddled response: Of course this is fine. Why would it not be?  Perhaps I’m applying the community pool’s gentle policies a little to liberally to the entire city, but still, Berlin as a whole seems content to let its people be.  It’s likely the result of a long and tragic history marked by a series of oppressive and totalitarian regimes. But Berlin seems to have learned a thing or two from its past, and today enjoys a vibrant and resilient atmosphere.

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Berlin Wall East Gallery

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But I say all this before arriving at the crux of my argument. Berlin–like every place–is made more special by the people you experience it with. Our German vacation was made what it was by the company we kept. As I’m inclined to list off all the things that make Berlin unique, I’m also inclined to include Nick and Melissa on that list—two people who were pivotal to the good times had.

Berlin Breakfast

Berlin Breakfast

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Street beers are definitely allowed in Germany. What a magnificent culture.

Street beers are definitely allowed in Germany. What a magnificent culture.

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6 Comments on “Berlin: Teil zwei”

  1. kmom says:

    Who’d a thunk Berlin would be like that, but then again, when you think about the cooler, more civilized parts of Texas (central) it was settled by GERMANS! That’s where the Free Thinkers of Boerne came from. As usual the photos are great. Really seem to capture the excellent adventure you had.

  2. Berlin is a really cool city. Most of the Germans I’ve met in Germany have been pretty laid back. The ones in other countries, not so much!

  3. Carina says:

    I didn’t know Berlin was so colorful! LOVE the photos and I’m inspired to plan a trip there one day. Thanks for the travel insight!

    Cheers!

    Carina
    http://carinadoesit.wordpress.com/

  4. humanistmum says:

    Wow I frickin love Berlin. There is just something about the atmosphere, the pace of life. You’ve made me want to go back desperately!

  5. taylorover says:

    So in love with Berlin. Thank you so much for the great pictures and the Berlin-feeling!


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