So we’ve been a little slack with the blog posts of late. Since our road trip ended in October 2014, we’ve been bunkered down in our adopted hometown of Kraków, Poland. Since our arrival we have passed through a fantastic fall, a harsh Polish winter and are now enjoying some pleasant spring weather. Amidst these seasonal changes we’ve been having a wee-bit of frivolous fun and have failed to catch up on our blog posts. That’s not to say we have been stagnant. Oh no, anything but. We have been steadily exploring Małopolska (Lesser Poland) during our down time and have visited some very interesting and beautiful places. But before we post any Polish content, we thought we would backtrack a little to our visit to Berlin, Germany in the final days of September, 2014.
Berlin. Hmmmm. What can you say about Berlin that hasn’t already been said? The answer is nothing really. It’s virtually impossible. Never has a city been so lauded, applauded and supported as Berlin. The perpetual murmurings that frequently proclaim the grandeur, artful nature and youthful atmosphere of contemporary Berlin are almost impossible to escape. So instead of trying to escape them, just embrace them. Yes, the overenthusiastic and ostentatious recommendations and remarks about the fashionably hip German capital are enough to disgust even the most tolerant and fair-minded human beings. But hey, they might not be that far off the mark.
It’s kind of hard to determine Berlin’s charm. It’s even harder to put into words. The sprawling cities wide avenues, quiet backstreets and concrete buildings seem to circulate a unique European atmosphere. The destruction of World War II has left Berlin with very few antique buildings or structures, like other European capitals. Vast areas of green space collide gently with urban assemblies in a strangely natural way. Now all of this may sound like a piece of poetic none-sense, a puffed up portrayal of an underwhelming locale that requires not-so-precision prose to purify its shortcomings and highlight its perfection but that’s not the case here.
To be honest we found it very hard to dislike Berlin. In fact we were so fond of our brief two day stop in September that we returned for a further three days in the winter. So if you ever get the opportunity to visit Berlin, ignore the hype (including this text) jump on a bicycle and explore the extremely likeable cityscapes of Central Europe’s cosmopolitan hub.