A Galavant in Germany
Ah what can I say? The beauty of having friends around the world!
After never having set foot in Germany before now, and with no real interest in exploring the country, I was pleasantly surprised by its gorgeous countryside, stunning beaches (I know, beaches!) quirky, country farmhouses, and ceramic shops.
I was staying with my German friend Leonie who I had first met in Broome. She told me she lived in the countryside but I didn’t realise exactly how deep until I got on a bus from Berlin and was still going 3 hours later. She lives in a place called Barth, right in the north by the coastline of the Baltic sea. Her family’s house is situated in the minuscule town centre, close to Prerow, which is very popular with German tourists wishing to have holidays by the beach.
From the bus stop in Berlin to the town of Rostock, I hardly saw a building. We drove past field after field of crops to get up North. The area is very flat so it’s perfect for farming but I couldn’t help think how untouched it was in comparison to the UK.
And what a beach Germany has! I almost felt like I was back in Broome! Blue skies, clear water, soft sand. Leonie definitely found a home away from home. We spent time wandering around the cute village of Prerow, joined in the festivities at the beach party one evening and had tea and cake at a tea house neighbouring the beach. My goal of the trip was mainly to see Leonie but I decided to head to Berlin a day before leaving so I could experience a buzzing Saturday night in the famous city.
I grew to love the ambience of Berlin as I strolled around by myself, taking photos of BEAUTIFUL buildings as the sun was setting. Think trendy bars (although no one dresses up, it’s so casual here), noisy raves in the town centre square, trams everywhere, park greens, massive billboards and lots of construction to spruce up the city.
You won’t have a problem getting by in English as everyone here speaks it. The underground system is super easy (although I did manage to go the wrong direction on a tram which was easily corrected!), and there are so many friendly people around the city who don’t mind getting asked for directions.
I found this lovely place to eat named Dean & David which provided me with a laugh from the German guy at the till and some much needed hangover relief in the form of a nutrient rich refresher juice and a massive roasted vegetable salad bowl. I also heard great things about Flamingo but watch out, they’re currently closed on weekends (!?!)
I’m sitting here writing this with a Riesling in hand in a quirky little bar close-by to Naturekundmuseum station waiting to meet a friend I knew from Melbourne to say hi. Saturday nights seem very laid back here but apparently you can party 24/7 if you want.
Maybe next time! 😉