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Berlin

I knew that she always wanted to go there. The trip to Berlin was a birthday gift for Tina. When I decided to surprise her she was at a conference in the States and about to get back home sooner rather than later, so I had to act quickly.  I had a hard time deciding when we should go – winter or summer. Berlin is a city with two faces (at least) and one could experience it in a completely different way depending on the season. Plus, she also hates the cold so I was more inclined to a summer trip. Then again, her birthday is in October, so I didn’t want to give her a surprise trip that would happen 10 months away. After all, I decided on a trip in November. We loved it, but we were cold. Which is why we’re returning in August this year.

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Berlin is a city of history that is both close and far from our hearts. For people of our age – kids of the democracy, the socialist days and the cold war are simply a vague memory from our childhood and stories from our parents, rather than a period we have fully experienced ourselves. Walking around Berlin streets makes you hungry for that history, makes you want to know more and dig deeper. It has successfully transformed the socialist influence into something quite unique, and inspiring that has turned into way of life – the Berlin way of life.

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The beauty of every city lies in the small streets. Berlin is not an exception with its amazing street art.

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Pickles and trabant – the communism symbols. While I haven’t driven trabant, I’ve certainly had and still do pickles – not all was bad back then.

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The only word I learned – straße. It sounds great – strassssse!

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