Red candles - checked.. Deep asana tea with cinnamon and warm ginger notes - checked.. Ambient music - checked.. I'm ready to write about my past vacation.
I'm back since one week and I wasn't able to write about it. Why? Due to post-vacation blues. This is also known as post-travel depression (PTD). "A person may suffer from post vacation blues after returning home or to a normal routine from a long vacation, especially if it was a pleasurable one. The longer a trip lasts, the more intense the post vacation blues may be." 
Yes.. The few days spent in Berlin were great.
Let's go to the beginning.
Thursday morning. I'm requesting an Uber ride. While waiting for my Uber driver to pick me up, I read Iulia's post (my trainer from Public Speaking Workshop) and she was talking about a pink ball of goodness to pass around to make a better world. This made me think.. how can I do that? My car arrives, I get in, and I start an entertaining discussion with the driver about the joy of travelling. That's a good start. I pass by the security check, and then at the passport control I put on my face a shy smile and say "Good morning!". The man looks at me and he says: "May your heart be good!". Yes.. I'm on the right way..
Moving on.. The boarding is completed and get in the plane. My first flight with Ryanair. What can I say.. you get what you pay. Fast forwarding, everything was ok and I landed on Schönefeld airport. Florin gave me instructions how to get to his office and in ~50 minutes I was there.
The rest of day I spent it in Park am Gleisdreieck.
|West side of the park|
|Sunset view from TorEins Restaurant, on East side of the Park|
|Quiche and fresh mint tea @ TorEins Restaurant|
Friday begins with a great cappuccino & hot tomato bagel. It's very funny how my brain works. When I read on the menu hot I thought first to warmth. The bagel was first spicy..
|Breakfast @ Impala Coffee|
The day goes on and I get to Charlottenburg Palace, which is the largest palace in Berlin. What I liked most here: the large gardens. I didn't notice till now how big and fat are the swans. I think I start to understand the phrase: "Graceful as a swan".
|The palace viewed from the gardens, the facade under construction |
|Another photo with view over the lake|
From the palace I went to check a place recommended by a friend, Super is called, near Zoo. I won't spoil it, you have to check it yourself. Hint: the bathroom.
|End of day|
Saturday can't start without coffee. Florin joins me and after we walk till Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten. From there we take the train and go to Potsdam.
|Photo from when we got there. Wait to see the difference when we left|
The city looks a lot like Sibiu or Brasov. The Christmas spirit is in the atmosphere. The main street (Brandenburger Straße) was invaded by shops selling all kind of souvenirs. Guess what? On this street there is another Brandenburger Tor.
Following the path
Schloss Sanssouci appears, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
After walking that much we found a cozy place to rest our feet and enjoy a cup of tea.
Meanwhile it started to rain.. I realized is more fun walking in the rain when you are not alone.
|Can you spot the difference? Photo taken on our way back|
A lazy Sunday starts with a double cappuccino at the same place I was in the days before.
|Another building with graffiti in sunset|
On Monday morning I decided to try another coffee place, not that I didn't like the other one but I have saved a lot of places.
|Cappuccino, a vegan muffin (no sugar) @ Coffee & Deli, Queen of Muffins|
With this energy boost I go ahead to East Side Gallery, the final destination being Treptower Park.
|View from Elsenbrücke|
|Building with big flowers|
|The largest Soviet Memorial is located in Treptower Park|
After a simple google search I found out that this park is serving as cemetery for 5000 Soviet soldiers.
Tuesday was the last day in. It started with.. Yes.. coffee and a vegan carrot cake at.. yes.. that place where I was each morning. I had lunch with Florin. I had a last walk through Park am Gleisdreieck. In this time I discovered the manual controls of my phone camera and I was able to capture this:
Till next time, enjoy some graffiti work captured while wandering around:
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