Bordering on Berlin-Mitte, Strausberger Platz is located in Friedrichshain, one of Berlin’s most popular districts. The district owes much of its current fame to a mile-long stretch of road that has made Friedrichshain what it is today: Warschauer Straße, the district’s beating heart.
So I’m leaving. After two years, I’m breaking up with Berlin. Although a break-up might not be the best way to describe it; I guess our Facebook status would be “It’s complicated”. Berlin will always be my big love, but the Netherlands and all my family and friends there are also calling louder and louder. I’m leaving with pain in my heart, but also carrying wonderful new friends, tons of memories and some unique life lessons. To make sure I won’t forget those lessons and to help everyone who won’t get the chance to live in Berlin, I’ll use my final blog post to share them with you.
Berlin is under constant construction. Image courtesy of Daphne Damiaans
As my final month in Berlin has started, it is safe to say that my parents have been my most loyal visitors. Even though they had seen Berlin’s highlights long before I decided to move here, they didn’t hesitate to visit me time and time again. In fact, my mother might know more about Berlin than me by now. With Mother’s Day only a few days away, I want to dedicate this post to my mother and share some of her favourite things to do in Berlin.
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Breakfast. It used to be that one meal during the day that I really didn’t have to think about. Porridge on weekdays, and a croissant and a boiled egg on the weekend if I was feeling fancy. But then I moved to Berlin and within a few weeks, breakfast turned into one of the most important meals of the day.
Not necessarily because I was constantly recovering from big nights out, but because I discovered how amazing breakfast can be. Pancakes, avocado, home-cooked oats, the best cheeses and coffee that blows your mind – I never wanted to eat porridge again. I once read that while New York is the city that never sleeps, Berlin is the city where it’s always someone’s morning – and therefore always time for breakfast. Here’s my breakfast guide for any mood!
Alexanderplatz might be the strangest square in all of Europe. It’s world famous and a must-see for every visitor to Berlin. But why? It doesn’t have any character or appeal – it’s just a huge open space surrounded by not-so-great-looking buildings housing chain shops. Oh yes, and then there’s this huge concrete tower. Because of all this, it might also be one of the most disappointing squares in Europe. But in this Valentine’s week, let’s try to give our good old “Alex” a bit of Liebe and focus on some little-known facts about it.
Alexanderplatz today. Image courtesy of john_coffee/ photocase.de