Third week of Berlin and studying German

This week was also reallllly busy with activities.

Sunday began by going to the weekly mauerpark market, where Berliners meet every Sunday. There are numerous stands and a few artists around.

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From there we went to the Alternative City Tour, where we saw a different part of Berlin. Now I actually identify some street artists when I walk the streets of Berlin 🙂

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After that we went back to Mauerpark and the area around it, as there was a festival there at the time. Seems like the German people party a lot.

On Monday we went once more to the Tiergarten, this time exploring its western part. It was just beautiful.

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We also climbed the victory tower to be able to observe the garden’s size from above.

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Then Nitzan left back to Israel 😦 In the evening I attended the weekly willkommen party at school in order to meet the new students.

On Tuesday I went to play Frisbee in the Reichstag again and it was awesome. Then I just ate salad at home with Marco.

On Wednesday I decided to go back to the Tiergarten, this time cycling and armed with my camera.

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During the Jewish tour, as well as the alternative city tour, I came across a place named “Cafe Cinema” in Hackestcher Markt. So I went there with Marco and it turned up to be really cool indeed 🙂

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Thursday – I decided to try the Call a Bike service by DB. It worked well except for charging me 48 euros for an annual fee I didn’t want. I called them and they haven’t returned an answer yet. Anyway I cycled through, you guessed right, the Tiergarten, where I sat and studied for the upcoming test.

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For dinner we invited over 10 friends from school and made Pasta and Israeli Shakshuka.

On Friday we went to the DDR museum, to learn more about the life in East Berlin.

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As it was Friday, many people left back home. Thats the bad part about studying a language abroad like that – I am the only person left from our original group as everyone has gone back to their homes. New people arrive every Monday, yet all of the people I really connected with left on this weekend. We went out to Potsdamer Platz in the evening to say goodbye to the people who leave.

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On Saturday I drove with Marco to Alexanderplatz to say goodbye. I gave him a present I had made – an enlarged photo of both of us with a writing on it. Now that Marco has left it’s really like I’m here alone.

I texted Pavel, an Israeli student from GLS (my German Language School), and we went together to “the palace of tears” – a free museum near Friedrichstrasse train station dedicated to divided Berlin and the people who fled from East to West. It was a really nice exhibition.

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After that we went to Julius Meinl coffee shop. I recognized if from my 2009 trip to Austria, and the Apfelstrudel stood up bravely to my high expectations.

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Then u went to play Frisbee, again, this time at Volkspark.

Now I start my fourth and last week of my Berlin experience, with most of my friends already gone. Marco has already left, my second flatmate is leaving tomorrow and it seems no one is coming to take their place. I have a big apartment in the middle of Berlin. Anyone interested? 🙂

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