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I spy

Berlin, am 31. January 2018

I spy with my … beady eyes (I’m not a morning person), a familiar looking poster. I saw this poster (in picture below) on my way to class, actually I was running 15 minutes late today! I’m not a morning person, but especially so this morning. I’m feeling  a little overwhelmed and tired from the mammoth amount we’ve learnt this month in A2.1 (I’ve said this after every course I’ve finished so far). Tomorrow is our last day in A2.1. I’m not sure if I’m ready for A2.2, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be ready >.< I  think it’s just a matter of practising all that we’ve learnt so far,  so I feel more comfortable constructing sentences and abiding by all the grammar rules. SO MUCH GRAMMAR! You’ve been warned.

Hopefully I’ll continue blogging during my A2.2 course, if not I’ll be posting my stories on my own blog.

I hope people notice this poster and give Deutsch Akademie a go. I’ve found it a really good school. I’m glad I joined.


Berlin’s curious bars

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How cool is Berlin’s night life? Well, strange too. I’m loving how people like to make their business unique and one of a kind, from the niche, the kitsch, the regular, and the other worldly. There’s always something for everyone’s taste. You can really be yourself here in Berlin. Check out the board below with the week’s special events at a bar just down the street from us. It opened up late last year and it always surprises us. Sadly I’ve only walked past it,  one of these days I’ll have to go in, perhaps to the “Trash Party” this weekend lol.


Let it snow!

Berlin, am 26. January 2018

It was snowing in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. We were sitting in class when suddenly we all notice big clumps of snow going past the window. The whole class got so excited! There were people in our class who had never seen snow before, so it was extra special for them. I thought it would be more snowy in Berlin but it’s actually quite rare, and when it does snow it melts away pretty quick. Apparently Berlin use to be much more cooler and it had snowed more often. I’m kinda glad we haven’t had much minus degree weather here, but I also want more snow!!


Berlin’s foodie scene

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Have you participated in Berlin’s feedie scene? By participate, I mean been victim to. The other week I found out that a cafe in Prezlauer Berg would be serving spicy schezwan noodles on Saturday in January. I got really excited. So I dragged my partner along (seen in the middle of the picture below, looking very impressed). The cafe only opened for lunch so we thought 1pm would be a safe bet. There were so many people huddled inside with looks of hungry anticipation, which later I found out were actually looks of hungry desperation. We were told all the food had sold out. For reals. We planned to try again the next Saturday.

So the next Saturday, we rocked up at the opening hour. The cafe was full already inside, not a good sign. My partner joined the line to order, 30 long minutes later he finally got to order. Then another 30 hungry minutes later we finally receive our two bowls of noodles. We were ravenous, we looked at our bowls with glee. And then I took the first bite, wow I was underwhelmed. Terrible. Now I understood why everyone was taking so  long to finish their food.

Ok I’m done with my complaining. I hope your foodie adventures in Berlin have been more satisfying, there’s so much good food to be discovered here.

Sorry for the creepy faces below, I tried to obscure them a little since apparently it’s a BIG no-no here to use people’s images without their permission.


Golden tiles, lest we forget

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Have you seen these golden tiles in front of some buildings? I actually first noticed them in Turin, Italy, and my brother in law explained that they are a record and a reminder of the people who  lived in the building and were the victims of the Nazi regime.

As you bend down to look at these golden tiles, you notice how precious they look amongst grey and grime stones that surround them. As you begin to read each golden tile, you start to understand the gravity of what has happened to each person, you begin to calculate how old they were, you realise the tiles are people from one family; a mother, a father, their child. A sense of uneasy falls over you. Then, as you look at the building they had lived in, someone walks through and you get a glimpse of the the apartments inside, your imagination tries too place where the people on the golden tiles had lived. As you step away you mourn the loss of them.

Keep an eye out for these golden tiles as you explore Berlin. Please take the time to read them and absorb the gravity of what happened to the people mention on them.

You may wonder what “lest we forget” in the title of this post means. It’s something we say in Australia on war remembrance day, it means we should not forget.

The below picture was taken outside a building, close by 44  Schonhauser Allee, Prezlauer Berg.


It’s always ok at Tk!

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Have you been to Tk Maxx yet? I have a love – hate relationship with this store. I love it because I’ve brought some stuff there that were really useful and reasonably priced (well it’s a outlet store, so everything is discounted), and I hate it because I always end up buying something even when I hadn’t planned on buying anything. Now my love-hate feelings have been intensified because TK Maxx is right across from class. It takes strong determination to not walk in.

It’s pretty awesome that Berlin has an outlet right in the middle of the city, usually outlets are on the fringes of city so it can be a bit of a trek to buy discounted brands. So if you need a new jacket, shoes or even socks, have a look in  TK Maxx. Be weary though, you’ll most likely walk out with at least one purchase.


Are you sugar?

Berlin, am 16. January 2018

Are you sugar? “Du bist zucker”, is what the poster says but perhaps I’m translating too literally? Well anyways, the question posed by Rewe is kind of exciting – “how much sugar do you need?”

I’m not sure what product the poster is implying, a chocolate pudding? But the concept is pretty cool. Usually the sugar levels in products are dictated for us, so Rewe’s new marketing strategy seems like a winning concept. Will check it out when I go grocery shopping next.

Also, I understand 99% of the poster. A sign that my Deutsch is definitely improving!


Berlin beer

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When you have German friends over make sure you always have Beer in the Fridge, well my friends anyways 🙂

Have you cracked into some Berlin beers? My taste-buds are still adjusting to the local beers here, I have a soft spot for Australian pale ales and sometimes I miss them sorely. And gosh, its so amazingly convenient to buy beer along with my grocery shopping and the bottles are cheap as chips (literally!). In Australia all alcohol can only be brought at Liquor shops, they can not be sold anywhere else, and there’s a hefty tax on all Alcohol too which makes them a bit of a luxury. So cheers!