Travel to Berlin

Travel to Berlin

Berlin is an incredible city, whether you like it or not, it certainly does not leave you indifferent.

The first thing I felt when I arrived at the hotel located right in front of the famous Berlin Zoo was the great freedom of customs that this city has. From the window of my room on the 15th floor, I saw a beautiful spa above the roof of a building on the ground floor, with deckchairs, swimming pool and strangely a uniform (costume) that was the same for everyone, I thought it was also the costume, like the towels, an endowment, but it was not so, in fact they were all strictly naked. Full center, boys, girls, children. For them it is absolutely normal I have been told. Apart from this first approach, I then chose to visit the most interesting places, but even if I was not close to the zoo, three days are not enough to visit it all.

Large and neat avenues, spotlessly clean. Each tree is entrusted to an inhabitant who takes care of it and is responsible for it, what a beautiful thing! The famous Brandenburg Gate, where to reach it we passed through large and beautiful parks, some with mothers and children, others with very free humanity and again where the naked and transgression (for us) was absolutely visible to everyone. Freedom, transgression, innovation, projected towards the future, but where the past is very looming. Even if much of the past is gone, what is left is the energy of the past. Especially in eastern Berlin, the famous Checkpoint Charlie conveys a certain emotion, thinking about how it has been a point of prohibition and pain for years. Together with the famous wall, now reduced to a small piece because the rest has been dismantled. It is also a truly disturbing place, the former Gestapo headquarters, where, for those who are more sensitive to energy and frequencies, you can feel the pain, the terror of the tortures that took place in its basements. Brrr if I still think about it. This energy is almost everywhere in Berlin, I don’t think it can ever be eliminated, I don’t think I could ever get used to it. Although beautiful places like the Tiergarten park really leave you speechless and it seems impossible that it was the cradle of so much and destruction in the world.

The Tiergarten park

Freedom, transgression, innovation, projected towards the future, but where the past is very looming. Even if much of the past is gone, what is left is the energy of the past. Especially in eastern Berlin, the famous Checkpoint Charlie conveys a certain emotion, thinking about how it has been a point of prohibition and pain for years. Together with the famous wall, now reduced to a small piece because the rest has been dismantled. It is also a truly disturbing place, the former Gestapo headquarters, where, for those who are more sensitive to energy and frequencies, you can feel the pain, the terror of the tortures that took place in its basements. Brrr if I still think about it. This energy is almost everywhere in Berlin, I don’t think it can ever be eliminated, I don’t think I could ever get used to it. Although beautiful places like the Tiergarten park really leave you speechless and it seems impossible that it was the cradle of so much and destruction in the world.

But by far the most exciting place was the Shoa Memorial also called the Holocaust museum, a field, better to say a maze of 2711 steles of different heights, which represented the destroyed Jewish families. The beauty of this open-air museum is that you can and must go through it, and the feeling is precisely that which describes life, you never know at every corner what there is, who you meet, what can happen. You walk and go… .. forward? to the right? To the left? Who knows what the right choice is, until you decide it is and remains a choice, if it is the right one or the wrong one you can only know it later, but at the beginning it is only a choice. I highly recommend it, a great emotion to cross it.

The Reischstag

Another incredible place is the Reischstag, the German Federal Parliament with its glass dome. Former seat of the Reich now with its dome that wants to represent transparency it cannot hide everything that that place has LIVED.

Visible to all and certainly the symbol of Berlin is the television tower, Fernshturm the highest building in Berlin and visible from every point of the city, those who want to eat with breathtaking views can choose to go to the restaurant located in the rounded part, but must have a nice wallet often. And then, in my opinion, you don’t eat well in Berlin. Meat, sausages, pork knuckle and lots of beer. The soups are interesting, especially the potato ones. Obviously this is a personal thought, who likes meat and beer obviously no problem. I prefer live food, fruit, vegetables, spices, fish.

I wouldn’t like to enter common places, but Berliners are very rude, even if you are a tourist and bring wealth, the tourist is always right with us, in Berlin even the waiters treat you with enough, woe to ask for something, at least you don’t they answer, and then they don’t bring it to you, or they often laugh at you because for them the only language is German, even English is not considered.

Better not to insist otherwise the ancient and probably never overcome and overcome rivalry is rekindled. And it is curious because last summer I met a couple of Berliners who were very kind and even invited me to go and see them if I passed by Berlin. But they were on vacation in Italy, maybe the place makes the difference? Mah!

Multi-ethnic city

Curious how in Berlin there is a large Turkish community now naturalized Berlin, even for generations, so there are really Berliners? It is a truly multi-ethnic city that offers a lot to young people in terms of job opportunities, but you have to speak German otherwise you are cut off, it is one thing to be a tourist another is to decide to live there. It is certainly a very cool city where that of artist is considered a real job, art and innovation are very present. It is a very different city if you see it during the day or if you live it at night. The night is long, transgressive, young. The day is slower, more rigorous and even a little boring.

I recommend, however, never walk on the cycle paths, because it is there that a Berliner gives the best of himself, in intolerance and aggression, they overwhelm you and insult you. Maybe they are right, but there are vast cycle paths for which there is also the habit of using them, with us ……… we fly over!

Another very dangerous thing not to do is to go on the infinite escalators of the metropolitan network, not staying rigorously on the right, to leave the left part available to those who want to climb this vehicle quickly to get first to catch a train, which however efficiently passes every 5 minutes.

But I also get angry when in our metropolises, especially in Milan and Rome, there are people who prevent you from passing and maybe you have to take a train that does NOT pass every 5 minutes.

Different habits and different ways of life. It is not a city that I would go back to, as instead I would go back to other warmer places in all senses, but I am with attempts to have been there.

Grace Garfì

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