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Three months in Deutschland

Story by Karolina Szczur January 1st, 2017

I've been lucky enough to visit Berlin numerous times but never for a longer stretch of time than two weeks. In September 2015 I've spent almost three months in the German capital, and here's how the daily life look like.

Our first apartment in Kreuzberg.

After settling in at our Kreuzberg apartment it only made sense to start exploring nearby cafes and restaurants. From old favourites—Markethalle Neun, Shiso Burger to some new spots: ORA, Passenger Espresso, Oslo Kaffebar and Concierge Coffee.

At Markethalle Neun.
At ORA with Ben and Brent.
At Shiso Burger.
At Oslo Coffee with the latest Offscreen Magazine.
At Concierge Coffee.
At Passenger Espresso.
Latte at Passenger Espresso.

Later in our trip we moved to my favourite neighbourhood of Berlin—Prenzlauer Berg. Just off of Eberswalder Straße with a lot of new spots to explore. We've found a great pool hole and abundance of nice coffee shops to work from (hat tip to Bonanza and Distrikt Coffee).

Eberswalder Straße, view from our balcony.
At Bonanza Coffee.
At Bonanza Coffee.
At Pool and Cigars.
At Pool and Cigars.
At Distrikt Coffee.
At Distrikt Coffee.
At Distrikt Coffee.
At Distrikt Coffee.

Continuing our adventures we wandered into Mitte to play shuffleboard at Kaschk and into Friedrichshain to check out one of the famous Aussie-run coffee shops in town—Silo. Our AirBnB was one of the best apartments we've stayed at so we've hosted some humble dinner parties too.

At Kaschk.
At Silo Coffee.
At Silo Coffee.
At Silo Coffee.
Ben at Silo Coffee.
Wandering through Prenzlauer Berg.
At Distrikt Coffee.
At our apartment in Prenzlauer Berg.
Berlin sunsets.

Berlin sunsets continued being amazing, I've hunted down some neons at a Mexican joint (Neta), had hot dogs (Bourbon Dogs) and found a lovely homewares store in Kreuzberg (Hallesches Haus).

At Neta.
At Neta.
At Neta.
Berlin sunsets strike back.
At Bourbon Dogs.
At Hallesches Haus.
At Gleisdreieck U-Bahn station.
At Gleisdreieck U-Bahn station.

One of my now must-do's in Berlin is Flohmarkt Arkonaplatz. That small market in Prenzlauer Berg has a lovely vibe as well as delicious waffles and fish.

Fish at Flohmarkt Arkonaplatz.
Fish at Flohmarkt Arkonaplatz.
Waffles at Flohmarkt Arkonaplatz.

As much as I didn't prioritise visiting museums this time I had a wander through the Museum Island anyway.


Last but not least, we've toured new Berlin airport that unfortunately still hasn't been opened. A lot of money has been sunk into this project, nonetheless it was incredibly awesome to walk through an entirely empty airport.

I'll surely be back in Berlin soon.

Footnote: Shot with Fuji XT1.
Berlin, Germany