Berlin has been a fun place, I’ve finally made some friends and met some great people. I’ve seen a lot of amazing places full of art, history, music, and more. Here are a few of my crazy stories from Berlin.
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Today is a particularly rough day. I switched hostels to one down in Noordwijk yesterday. It’s a small beach town between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Apparently it’s one of the best beaches in the Netherlands.
I’m having a rough time because I barely was able to sleep last night, which makes me moody. The guy below me was coughing up a lung and would not shut up. I played music pretty loudly in my ears to drain out the noise, because even earplugs did not help. Plus the beds are not very sturdy and they shake a lot. I’m in the top bunk and there’s not guard rail, a little bit scary as I’m cuddling the wall.
I took the FlixBus from Copenhagen to Hamburg, and again from Hamburg to Berlin. The first bus was a regular coach bus, while the second one was a double decker.
I’ve only ever taken the Megabus in the United States. Compared to those buses, I thought the FlixBus was actually a bit nicer. They had curtains on the windows to block out the sun if necessary. The seats looked a little newer, although the tray tables were very small and not quite as sturdy. The seats were also comfortable and you can lean back in them.
I’ve been experiencing a lot of culture shock lately. It’s been rather tough adjusting to something so different; something that I could not have even imagined.
It is past 5 and I have only eaten breakfast today. I’m at a restaurant on Schutterbahn street and ordered a spaghetti carbonara. It feels like an Italian restaurant, but there are German flags everywhere. I walked down this street a while before I settled on something that looked good. English is not as prominent here as the menus were all in German, but the staff still speak English.
My food just arrived. It only took about 5 minutes. Let’s see how good it is. It’s so hot I can’t even put the spaghetti in my mouth.
I finally figured out the name of this place “Il Camino.” It’s Italian judging from the use of “il.”
The more I eat this, the worse it starts to taste. I’m in desperate need of some ice cream.
I’m beginning to get bored of being alone. It’s not my style. I like to surround myself with people and talk and laugh and smile and enjoy my time. I find that things aren’t as fun when you don’t have someone to share them with. I also find myself reflecting on people and friendships a lot more. I’m upset with having a hard time talking to people here! It is so hard to communicate with this huge barrier. I’m upset that so many people who I thought were my friends, could so easily forget me, or fail to support me in even the tiny ways. I’m upset that my favorite people are all so far away. I munch my food alone, in silence, and in slight agony (it’s not getting any tastier but I’m so hungry).
I got ice cream later, definitely made me feel better. Plus it only cost me 1,20 Euros.
Kirken Korshær Genbrug; Translation: Church Army Recycling
European Thrift Shop with good prices. I wanted to mention this store specifically for anyone who is looking for cheap clothes in Copenhagen. I needed a jacket, but I didn’t want a nice jacket. I needed something cheap that wouldn’t hurt if it was lost or damaged.
I originally went to the Rødes Kors – Munufea, which is a thrift store owned by the “Red Cross.” They have several locations, but this one is somewhat bigger. There is a Rødes Kors a block or two away with only clothing, clothing which is nicer and higher priced. I found a few items at this Red Cross and bought them, but I thought I would give the Kirken a try.
I immediately noticed that the Kirken Korshær Genbrug had lower prices than the Rødes Kor. Most of the stuff was comparable quality or better. I found pants at the Rødes for minimum 50 kr, while I found pants at the Kirken for as low as 35 kr PLUS 50% off.
Address: Falkoner Alle 32, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
What do I recommend you do while you’re in Copenhagen?
#1 thing: Bike the City
This gives you a unique perspective of the city, all while exercising and feeling great (yay endorphins!). There are a lot of bikers here so remember a couple of rules: Use your hand signals to signal going right, left, or stopping.
Stay as far right in the bike lane as possible and only get on the left side to turn or pass someone.
Don’t turn right on red.
Don’t get into the street to make a left. Instead, cross the street and wait for the light to change to green going the cross direction.
I used the Bycyklen to bike around the city, it is a bike sharing system. I would suggest buying a monthly subscription only for 70 kr (~$10.75) and that gets you unlimited 30-minute bike rides. If you go over the 30 minute limit it charges you 6 k (~$1) per hour. If my ride was going to be over 30 minutes, I would just check my bike into a station to get the timer to reset and then take it out again and go alone. I like these bikes because they have an electric motor which help you bike, as the bike is quite clunky and heavy, and also because they have a screen that gives you information. It is connected to wifi and a service network and tells you where the nearest return stations are, how to navigate places, how long your trip has been. Don’t forget to cancel the monthly subscription after you leave Copenhagen.
Things have gotten better. I saw Macklemore a couple nights ago and it was a great party. Last night I was blown away by DJ PayPal, playing bass music mixed with hard techno. It was fast, loud, but had a good mix of bass and treble counterparts.
It’s still hard with the language barrier, and being all mostly alone here, but I’ve gotten better at coping. I showered again today and it was great. I think it’s getting colder. When I went to Copenhagen for the day I picked up some more clothes at the thrift shop, including a windbreaker. That’s the Best Buy I’ve ever made.
I am very happy today is the last day and tomorrow morning this doesn’t exist anymore. It’s been a very challenging week, but I’m almost done and I survived!!! I’m ready to leave Denmark on Monday and head to Germany. The weather in Denmark is awful, I’m so sick of this rain.
I had a good day yesterday. Visiting the multiple campsites and dancing to music. I’m still struggling with that lost feeling, and it’s not getting any better.
I used to go to festivals for the music, because I wanted to see this artist, that artist. I’m at this point where I’ve seen pretty much every artist I’ve ever wanted to see and everything is just a repeat or something I’m not really into. I go to festivals to just enjoy the atmosphere and experience something. I’m also at this point where I don’t like going to events by myself. I hate that feeling of being lonely and I’m so tired of it, and that is how I feel now. I think I may go back into Copenhagen either tonight or tomorrow.
As I was writing this, an Australian guy came and sat next to me. He heard my accent and knew I was from the US. It felt good to talk to someone who only spoke English as well.