Yeah. This July. On my birthday.
After spending 4 or 5 days relaxing in Boston with friends, I flew to Berlin on July 5th to go visit my little sister Claire and my best friend Audrey. Claire was living in a cute little apartment with her German boyfriend for a month in Berlin, and Audrey had been studying abroad in Tübingen for the past four months. What followed was a frantic one-week German adventure – spent in both Berlin and Tübingen with a variety of friends from all over the globe (I ran into some people in Tübingen who I went to elementary school with). My friend Aleks from Boston came with me on the trip – and kindly used his United 1K status to fly us in business class overseas BOTH ways. Pretty awesome.
We spent three nights in Berlin. I took pictures at random – probably not documenting things as well as I should. We went out to a fun nightclub one night in East Berlin and ended up having to walk home at 3am because the trains had stopped running – and of course I never had my camera with me for that experience. Those would have been some interesting pictures. Oh well.
Anyway, this was the view from my sister’s apartment.
On the second day there, we decided to go to the Berlin Zoo. It was incredible. By far the most fascinating zoo I’ve ever been to. I’ll spare you from the million zoo pictures I took though – here are just a few of my favorites. (Secret fact about myself: I love tigers.)
Saw this statue next to the giraffe exhibit… not sure why it was there? But then again I didn’t understand much of anything since it was all in German.
We also went into the aquarium – which had fish/sharks, reptiles, amphibians and insects. It was nuts. They had things I never even knew existed, including a 5 foot long giant salamander from somewhere in South America. Wish I had a picture of it. I don’t. Instead I have a photo of a butterfly. Ha.
From there we continued to wander aimlessly. We walked right past the Berlin Fashion Week that was happening RIGHT THEN and I was tempted to be really creepy and try to sneak myself in, but Audrey and Aleks discouraged me from this. Sigh.
We finally went inside the Sony Center and decided to eat dinner there – at an Australian restaurant of all places. We ate kangaroo. It was awesome.