So after missing our overnight bus to Berlin from Amsterdam, we finally arrived at 7pm to our hostel. After two trains to reach our hostel, we were greeted by a rude receptionist who pointed us in the direction of our room. This so called room reminded me of a war hospital, first of all it was in the basement, it had no natural lighting… Actually it had no lighting other than a tiny lamp next to our squeaky bunks and to top it off it had 2 showers between 24 people.. Great. The room was cold and damp. Displeased with where we were going to be resting our heads we headed out to meet one of our friends from home. He took us to the most delicious burger place… Definitely the tastiest burger I’ve eaten in Europe (and the only burger.. But stil).
Having been to Berlin once before, I wasn’t keen to go to the club I had already been to, and seeing as Berlin has some of the best nightlife in the world, we were spoilt for choice. We decided to try Watergate but soon discovered it was closed on Sunday’s. Instead of giving up, we asked two locals walking by where we should go out. After looking us up and down, they announced that we weren’t dressd for Berghain (one of the hardest clubs to get into in Europe apparently), so they suggested a place called Sysophis which wasn’t too far by taxi. With no other leads, we decided to take their word and jump in a cab. On arrival we were greeted by an odd character that, instead of asking for our IDs, simply asked how old we were. He proceeded to look us up and down, once he was convinced we were the type of people that could “handle” the club he told us to be nice to his people (whatever that is supposed to mean). He took all of our phones and put stickers on the camera lenses (no photos in this place as it’s super underground).
We walked through to a place that I find hard to put into words, and seeing as I could not take photos to attempt an explanation I will have to try my best to paint a picture for you (nothing I say will do this place justice). Let’s just say I spent the first hour trying to think of ways to explain this place to my friends back home. The majority of this “place” (for lack of a better word) was open air, there was a lake, an open fire, hammocks, random objects hanging from trees, lampshades made of curtains, lights… So many disco lights and the people that inhabited this place were a species of their own. There was two indoor rooms playing repetitive beats, with so much smoke that visibility was non existant. There were people asleep, noses touching, next to speakers bigger than my bedroom door (probably one of the reasons photos are prohibited). This place had shops and couches and beds, let’s just say everything that was in the place was there primarily to give those with altered states of mind the best time possible. Anyway, after leaving as the sun was rising, I felt like we had been given a good taste of the Berlin underground scene.
We slept all day and night and decided that we needed to leave our dungeon room and see some more of what Berlin had to offer. We jumped on a train and had a look at the Berlin wall, the artwork was amazing. We went to one of the coolest sneaker stores and had a look a few of the cute little boutique stores that line the streets of Warscheur (the station right near the Berlin wall). We went to Alexanderplatz and saw the cute Oktoberfest themed market that offered all kind of German delicacies.
After that we ate lunch and went back to our hostel to pack our bags and head to the bus stop. We felt like we needed another two days to really experience Berlin, but we didn’t have that kind of time especially after missing a full day as s result of the bus that we missed… Oops. Maybe next trip to Europe we will allow more time, because it seems like an amazing city with many hidden treasures. Next stop is Warsaw, Poland. Xx