The last week was amazing, yet very different. I tried to experience it more as a local person, getting bicycle from one place to another, just relax etc. What a great experience that was.
On Saturday evening, just after posting my previous blog entry, an Israeli friend who lives in Heidelberg and got to Berlin came by.
On Sunday I woke up late and made (yet another) shakshuka with Pavel, my Israeli friend from the German school. Then we headed together to a guided tour about the cold war.
On the tour itself we met a couple of Australians and one Canadian guy whom we decided to spend the evening with. Its so cool to just meet nice people on the way while traveling. The Australian guy is actually coming to Israel in October so we’ll probably meet again pretty soon 🙂
First we headed to eat in a 100-years-old burger place that had once been a public toilet.
Then we decided to drink hot chocolate, so I took then to Cafe Cinema (for my third time there).
On Monday I started a completely new class – new students and new teachers. In the afternoon I met Lusti, a Frisbee friend from Israel. We had pizza together and then headed for stammptish (the weekly Monday party for getting to know new people by the school). I met really nixe people, including an Australian girl that does a three-month eurotrip and a half-Swiss-half-Brazilian girl who speaks five languages. We went together to a bar for a short while and I decided to get home early. In the train station I had a really fascinating talk with a Turkish girl who actually thought all Israelis were very orthodox and that we have bombs every day. To be sincere, I was quite surprised to hear she was Turkish considering her look and very fluent English.
People have prejudices. Lots of them. Me included. By no doubt it makes traveling not only fun, but also important.
On Tuesday I took some of my schoolmates to eat Hummus. Then I went to Pavel’s and we drank Taster’s Choice coffee. Wow, did that bring me back home for some moments/brews. From there I went to the Tiergarten, but this time on by circle and with my cool Spanish friend Mercedes.
But the day did not end there. I went on to play some more Frisbee near the Reichstag, and later went out to get some beer with the local Frisbee players.
Wednesday was special. After school I spent some time calling my Israeli friends and family and wish them Shanah Tovah (for the new Jewish year). Then I went to the “Fotografies des Terrors” exhibition, that was very interesting, presenting Germany through 1933-1945. It was very interesting and led to a discussion regarding Germans and whether they should feel guilty now, especially the ones who were born way after the war had ended.
From there we went to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Instead of the traditional apple with honey, we had an apfelstrudel in the greattt Austtian restaurant of Julius Meinl, together with Israelis from school, my Israeli friend Lusti and my Spanish friend Mercedes. Then we went out with some other friends.
On Thursday Mercedes took me to eat Currywurst at a famous place. Then I decided to be local. I went to find a laundry place by renting bicycles and riding them around Berlin. From there I went to play Frisbee again and say goodbye to the Frisbee players.
The day continued by studying to two tests I will have had tomorrow, finishing my course. Before getting to sleep I managed to get dinner with Pavel.
As my last day in Berlin, Friday was full of goodbyes. Saying goodbye to GLS, my school, I received my certificate 🙂
I had my last lunch and coffee in Plazebo bäckeri. Then I rented bikes again to take my laundry.
I even managed to go with Mercedes to tge chocolate heaven again 🙂
We had a really interesting talk about today’s world and how international it is. Meeting people like Mercedes, who was born and raised in Spain but lives in England, really makes me wonder.
Then I ran really quickly to get like 4 u-bahns or buses to the airport. I am currently sitting in the plane, waiting to take off really soon. Its really weird to leave Berlin. In the past few days I actually felt like I knew how to get around completely alone, already having my favorite places to visit, friends and almost everything. It was an amazing experience, and I was really lucky to meet all those great people I had met. They were the most important thing.
Well, now to the next adventure – Tour de Mont Blanc!