About a month ago, I went on a mini-adventure to Berlin for the weekend, which was definitely a welcome break! Dayna was stopping over there on her way back to Canada after a trip to Russia, and invited me to stay with her in a beautiful vegetarian hotel called Almodovar. (Yes, named after the Spanish director!) They even had a beautiful brunch buffet in the hotel's restaurant, which I would definitely recommend eating, even if you're not staying there! Thanks, Dayna for treating me to the hotel :)
|Berlin Almodovar Restaurant's Vegetarian Breakfast!|
Berlin & My Minimalist Kick
We decided to take it easy, since I arrived Friday afternoon and we both flew back Monday morning, and Dayna was just recovering from a flu she'd picked up in Russia. So, our "adventure" was basically seeing a few sites by buying a touristy Hop On, Hop Off, exploring delicious vegan restaurants and browsing eco-friendly clothing stores. I'd just read this book on Minimalism, so I was inspired to put together a "Capsule Wardrobe" following Project 333.
This 5-minute video from the blog at My Green Closet shows what a capsule wardrobe is, in case you haven't heard of it. (In case you're curious, I did end up making one the week after)
Actually, I ended up using the video in a mock lesson interview for a private university a few days after I got back. It went super well, and I got the job for Fall semester this year, so I'm excited! I'll probably use it as a lesson plan for a post on The Teaching Cove, too.
Relaxing Weekend of Touring Around Berlin
Berlin is big, so I'd say the Hop On, Hop Off is quite a good idea. (I know, I know, I'm usually opposed to such touristy organized endeavours). To have some extra fun, listen to the audio in different languages as you ride the bus. I listened in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Unfortunately, I don't remember enough German ;)
The Western side of Berlin is where all the modern, high-street type shops are, and the East has the more trendy, off-the-beaten-path stuff. We stayed in Friedrichshain, which is a hip little neighbourhood where every menu has vegetarian and vegan options marked in different colours.
Of course, the Berlin Wall Memorial is definitely worth visiting. Not only can you see the bits of the wall they've left in the ground, but you can see an exhibition that explains the history. Actually, you can see parts of wall in many parts of the city. They've even commissioned artists to make beautiful murals on parts of it. While we didn't have time to go in the castles or other museums, we did get a beautiful overview of the city. I especially loved how every neighbourhood has a different vibe, just like Barcelona!
Here is a slideshow of the few photos I did take. (To be honest, most of the time was about Dayna and I catching up). I also got to see Izabela, who recently moved there! (Remember our trip to Copenhagen in June 2016 for the New Sounds Conference? So many good memories :) )
Click to play the slideshow. Please remember that if you're on mobile, since Flickr doesn't show up, please go here and flip through the photos instead.
Enjoy the slideshow!
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants In Berlin
Well, I have to say - Berlin is a paradise for vegetarians and vegans. We had absolutely no trouble finding delicious, fairly priced meals. I'd say the prices are about the same as Barcelona, but compared to Canada, they're cheap!
La Stella Nera Pizzeria was probably my favourite. That's likely because (although the pizza was good), I finally had vegan tiramisu that tasted great! Really, I swear. You know how picky I am with my tiramisu, the ultimate dessert in my view. Other than that, seriously - head to Friedrichshain, and walk the main streets there - every second place is a vegan restaurant!
Well, that's basically it for my post on Berlin. If you're visiting soon (that's for you, Robby!) be sure to grab the names of a few hip neighbourhoods and take long walks through them, eat at a vegan place, and enjoy the beautiful buildings and parks and efficient transport. Oh, and be sure to check out some of the Soviet-designed places and compare them to the rest - they are quite a contrast of style!
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on last weekend's trip to the Priorat Wine Region and our beautiful day trip (road trip!) to a boutique winery.
Have a great one!