Today’s post falls under the “Travel” category..one thing I absolutely love doing!
SO, the main reason to why I travelled to Berlin for two weeks on my own was to attend a german language course to strengthen my fluency and broaden my vocabulary. Yes, I do speak fluent german and can hold a conversation, however I do have weaknesses that shine through in writing and sentence structures since I never attended an actual german school and only really spoke german. The course went from the 1st of August to the 12th, everyday (excluding weekends) from 9am to 12pm. I was placed in the B2 level because my grammar needed A LOT of work haha. There isn’t much else to say about this course other than that I had so much fun learning new things and connecting with people who come from all around the world.! ALSO, I chose the city Berlin because I just love big cities.. there’s ALWAYS something happening! The school I went to was the DID Deutsch Institut — I highly recommend.
Yes, for those two weeks I did stay in a very cheap Hotel. The A&O Hostel & Hotel right near Berlin Central Station. The day I arrived to Berlin, I took a 4 minute taxi ride to the hotel and the driver laughed at me because it was literally right around the corner. I mean I knew it was really close, but I didn’t think it was that close. But hey, I had a suitcase full of clothes and it was spitting outside, therefore I had two good reasons to why I needed to take a taxi. The hotel wasn’t anything special. I had my own room with a double bed, a desk, a tv and a bathroom. It was clean and tidy and honestly it’s just a place to sleep, therefore I didn’t need anything extravagant for Berlin. The breakfast was a buffet in the basement.. which was decent. I had a fresh bun with cheese, yogurt, some sort of fruit, juice and an egg everyday. I didn’t mind it. The WiFi also worked great and the tv had a bunch of channels to choose from. Everything you need for a good stay in a hotel. I had nothing to complain about..surprisingly!
When I wasn’t in school I had so much time to travel around Berlin. I walked by foot most of the time and at the end of each day my feet were killing me..but it was so worth it and I didn’t regret any step further I took. I obviously made visits to the main tourist attractions including: Brandenburger Tor, Berlin Victory Column, Potsdamer Platz, Alexander Platz, Check Point Charlie and so much more. I really wish I had visited some other parts of Berlin that aren’t as well known..but since I was on my own I wasn’t really feeling it. I actually visited the Brandenburger Tor about 5 or 6 times, just because I love the vibe there so much. There’s always new faces and people doing different things like dancing or blowing huge bubbles. I did a lot of shopping too. I had to break a 50 Euro bill, so I went to a store and bought a thick burgundy sweater, that I do not regret buying at all. I’m so obsessed with it. I also sat myself down in some coffee shops and either journaled or learned german. Went to some bars too and ordered some drinks..since the legal drinking age here is 16 haha.
Food in Berlin
Like I said, for breakfast I just ate in the hotel and had the same thing everyday. However my lunches were always different. I had visited a new bakery or a new cafe/restaurant everyday and tried something different every time. A lot of people say it’s hard for a vegetarian to find something cheap and delicious but I beg to differ. I found delicious places to eat affordable vegetarian food. My dinners on the other hand were so boring though. I had always gotten something from Berlin Central Station, since it wasn’t far away from my hotel. It was either noodles or a wrap for 3,50 Euros. Dinners weren’t bad, but they weren’t amazing.
Nothing really weird happened to me while I was in Berlin other than this creepy old man who kept coming up to me and sitting next to me telling me his life story. He was sitting really close to me and just telling me the weirdest things that were making me feel really uncomfortable, therefore i had to find a new sitting spot at the water in the evenings.
So that was pretty much my Berlin experience wrapped up for you! It’s too bad I didn’t take a lot of pictures and it sucks that I didn’t get any photos of myself in Berlin. Well, technically I did get photos of myself in Berlin, but those were just hotel selfies for my tinder profile that were in need of an update. I loved this experience and I definitely grew from it and learned a lot. I learned how to be more independent and that I’m my own responsibility. I’ll be honest, I still need to work on learning how to eat healthy meals when I’m on my own and don’t have my mom making me food. Also, I learned that google maps on the iPhone is the handiest App one needs for any trip to a city they’re not familiar with. SUCH a lifesaver..seriously.
SO yeah, I’m going to end this off here, I hope you enjoyed reading and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@dominick_jones) and don’t forget to check back here soon! Also I kind of like the idea of daily blogging.. it’s fun. I still have to think about it because I know I’m not always going to have enough time and I know I definitely don’t have 365 new interesting ideas. But we’ll see.. I’m going to try and post everyday until I run out of ideas and need a break!
– Dominick Jones (domijones)