Photobooths & Beers: Berlin Day Two

Thursday, 26 June 2014

 Our second day started outside of the Brandenburg Gate, where we were meeting with our tour guide to do a walking tour of Berlin. We decided to grab breakfast at a nearby bakery while we waited.
 Pure, pretzel-y goodness.
 I used to live in Germany when I was a toddler, and I'm pretty sure I lived off of these salted pretzels. It's not every day that your breakfast makes you feel nostalgic.
 One of the first stops on the walking tour was the Holocaust memorial. I've been to Berlin before and seen it but this was the first time I had walked through it. We had a little chat in our tour group afterwards about what we thought the sculpture represented and how that related to the Holocaust. I was really impressed that the tour guide got us to properly think about it rather than just acknowledge it, it definitely put it into context and got me thinking about how clever the sculpture really is. That's part of the reason why it's there, too- to open up discussions.
 Towards the end of the tour a Starbucks stop was definitely in need, the poor guy had trouble with some of our names. Should I change my blog URL to A Little Lissy?
 My friend Jess (hi, if you're reading!) told us that Berlin is actually where the Photobooth originates from, and there are little old fashioned booths dotted around the city. After the tour, we gathered our euros and had a go. Here's my friend Becki waiting for our prints.
 Here they are!

More than a few silly faces on my part.
 After a delicious pasta dinner and a couple more of those infamous coladas (I forgot my camera, boo) it was back to the hostel for a few drinking games before we headed out to the bar crawl! I'm drinking vodka and peach iced tea, if you're wondering. Our local grocery shop had a limited selection of mixers...
 Within about five minutes of being handed our complimentary beers at the start of the bar crawl we met a group of girls from North Carolina. They were absolutely hilarious and we ended up sticking with them for the rest of the night (and even bumped into them the next day!) That's what I love about bar crawls/ hostel life in Europe, you always end up meeting people and making friends from just about all over the world.
 And there was this guy. Playing his pipes. I just remember everyone doing tribal dances around him.
The final club we went to, Matrix, was actually a train ride away. It was only when we got there that we realised the next train back wasn't for another 5 hours or so. Cue me talking garbled German to a very confused taxi driver at 3am trying to make our way back our hostel (which we didn't know the name of- useful!)

Have you ever done one of the tours or bar crawls in Berlin? Day three coming soon! x


  1. I've always wanted to go to Berlin, mainly to look at all the historical bits! Looks like you've had a lovely time!

    Stacey xx

  2. i miss berlin and travelling in general! this is such a cute post! and im loving the rest of your blog too - now following you on gfc, bloglovin and insta, keep it up xx

  3. Looks like you had an amazing time! I've always wanted to go to Berlin, it looks like such a cool city xx

    ☾ Liquorice Pearls ☾

  4. such a lovely sunnies! Have fun there too :) xx

  5. I've always wanted to go to Berlin!! Have a great time. :)