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11-16-2012, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Landed in Berlin a few hours ago; this city is cold, but VIBRANT.
I've been to Berlin, but I would not describe it that way. I'm guessing you'll be mostly in Prenzlauer Berg and Hakesche Hofe? I found those places to be as warm inside as they were bleak outside. In general, I found the galleries, bars, and shops and restaurants to be very open and welcoming (great clothes shopping there), but outside it looks and feels like Williamsburg in the winter.
I found Mitte and Tiergarten to be just weird. Forbidding. Didn't like it at all. Except for the Gemaldegalerie, which you could spend a week just on that it's so f'ing amazing.
The other thing that was funny was that Ben Harper was by far the most popular background music in bars and cafes. Ben Harper was the Berlin equivalent of the Buena Social Vista Club soundtrack (enough already).
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