Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny?
Nathan Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.
- The Last Samurai
- "entschuldigen, sprechen Sie Englisch?"
- "Oh... ein kleines bisschen"
- "Hum.... wo ist der U-bahn acht (Untergrundbahn)?
and you repeat it as many ways possible to pronounce
- "oh, ja! Gehen Sie geradeaus und dann biegen Sie auf der ersten Straße nach rechts ab. Gehen Sie für zehn Meter spazieren, und Sie werden es sehen..."
- "ha...! dankeshun... cof, cof, errr sehr gut!
Oh man! And I thought everyone spoke english! Where're the young people when you need them... If you need some kind of "hilfe" you have 2 options: start walking towards the huge TV antenna right in the middle of the city, or wait until the night falls, that's when all the young specimens show off, then you can speak some englischzzzzz... oh these zeegermans...
"Turkish: Fuck me, hold tight. What's that?
Tommy: It's me belt, Turkish.
Turkish: No, Tommy. There's a gun in your trousers. What's a gun doing in your trousers?
Tommy: It's for protection.
Turkish: Protection from what? "Zee Germans"?
Expect to ride an old bike everywhere! You'll feel like the queen/king of the road! You always have priority over cars, people, dogs, only the little 4 wheelers (babies) have priority over you... but you'll feel the respect. If you're lucky to have a ring bell, then you rule the world!
Also expect to eat as much as it is humanly possible! 2.50€ for a huge pasta plate??? 3€ for a steak? Indian food in a nice restaurant 4.80€? gimme more! and 1.50 for a 0,50l beer?
Old stuff, a lot of old stuff, that somehow looks extremely stylish! You'll find yourself wanting old cranked cameras, an old record player, old roller skates, old clothes, old wigs, old plates, books, furniture... whatever, it's vintage and it's cool! and you should watch all the "north american scum" that is going deep into the communist punkish rockstar thing that Berlin has tattooed in every building, every space. Oh yeah, Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love" on the background (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ62jmdjVDk), you're wearing your best 80's look, and you know where to go! and if you don't, whatever...
"Kreuzberg" yeah, the Turkish neighbourhood knows how to live cheap and sleazy "Cassiopeia", for some rock climbing before dancing at the disco club inside the same space "Arena", for a really sweet swim in the big floating pool on the "Spree" (river), finishing with the projection of "Pan's labyrinth" while you dry off the chloro of your skin...
Want gay scenes! search no more! the mayor as a rainbow flag right at the front of city hall building : ) love freely and happily! so, it's cool
If you want to go to a club, but you're actually not feeling in the mood to dance, then go to "Panoramabar", yeah, it's impossible to get in! I don't know what is the matter with that place but the lines have 1 km! who would wait 2 hours, maybe 3 knowing that they might not get in???
Didn't get that one...
Another place, outside Berlin, that is a must go: Postdam!
Friedrich Wilhelm II knew what luxury was, and now that he's gone we can appreciate the luxurious gardens that once were only for "special" people, not for you or me...
Berlin it’s a really easy city to walk/bike around. Not scary at all, everyone relaxed, good food, there’s always concerts, artistic stuff going on, a lot of art galleries everywhere, graffiti’s everywhere, beautiful architecture everywhere, well trained dogs everywhere, gardens, bicycles, kebabs, places to eat anytime at night, subways working all night and day (and you don’t have to pay at night)
P.S The Judisches Museum it’s interesting, but… it’s really big, a lot of information that you won’t remember unless you are super smart or autistic. Go to the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin's Museum for Contemporary Art.
Well, that’s all for now!