Published: July 18th 2010June 7th 2010
Having bought tickets to Germany´s All-Star handball game with a friend. I found myself back in one of my favourite european cities Berlin for the weekend. I got to Berlin really early after no more than half an hours drowse, due to a Spanish wine testing the night before that led from one thing to the sun rise.
Due to this, I wasn't much company for my hostess, nor newly acquainted Australian friend. Nonetheless we headed straight off to Potsdam, where we were treated to a picture perfect day. Potsdam was to be added to a long list of places that I had never heard of before going to, that then have blown me away. It is the reason I am in Europe. A continent littered with places such as Potsdam, that in the new world just don't exist.
Potsdam was the residence of Prussian kings up to 1918 and is the site of Germany´s largest World Heritage Site. It was a pleasure to walk around, even in my morbid, half alive trance.
After Potsdam, we went to one of Berlin's bigger and well known lakes that I have forgotten the name of... After paying 6 euro or
12NZD to get in, something I will never do again, we sat on the sardine packed man-made beach lined with shops selling bratwurst, kebabs, icecream etc. Due to the heat me and Stuart, the aussie, went into the greasy, slimey, luke warm murky brown water with 4 thousand or so other people. Not brave enough to put our heads under the water for fear of the slimey substance on the surface and the unknown debri plus creepy crawlies swarming around our bodies, we went back on to the beach before the life guard had the chance to reprimand us for being too far out.
After the lake we went back to Berlin. We had a good German BBQ and then headed out to sample Berlin's vibrant nightlife. The next day, I went to my first handball game and then that was pretty much it for the weekend. I found handball rather boring, it was only a friendly/showcase between Germany's best players, so maybe that was the reason. It was good to see once nonetheless.
We finished the day off on a high note, going to Mauer Park to see the random karaoke acts. Something that is turning into
a tradition for me when in Berlin!!!
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