A Weekend in Berlin

Welcome back, thanks to those who have been reading the other posts on my blog! Its nice to see a steady stream of readers. Here I have a very simple post about my weekend in Berlin.
For those who didn’t know I took a weekend earlier this month, 12th Feb-15th Feb, to spend some time with some friends – Miriam, Grace and Jess. Somewhat becoming a tradition amongst our group of friends but Valentines Weekend has proven to be the perfect time to get away for a break of every day life.

So without further ado here is some of the places that we visited and things we done in A Weekend in Berlin.

WALKING TOUR – SANDEMANS NEW BERLIN TOUR

Grace, the wonderful human being she is, had took the initiative and booked us all onto a walking tour of Berlin. This happened to be a personal highlight of the weekend with the tour starting early in the day and last around 2-3 hours long. A little fact for you on this day I walked 14.79 kilometres. The tour itself covered a range of places – listed below –  the tour was led by Rochale who did a fantastic job at explaining the places and its history. Not only that, she gave a presentation of 8 minutes on the past 800 years of Berlin history. (ended up being 9 minutes but still extremely impressive). We were also lucky enough to visit the Gendarmenmarkt during the installation of renowned artist Ai WeiWei’s latest exhibition of 14,000 life jackets to represent the refugees trying to flee war and hardship.

Hitler¬īs Bunker
Holocaust Memorial
The Berlin Wall
Checkpoint Charlie
Brandenburg Gate
SS Headquarters
Pariser Platz
Luftwaffe HQ
Gendarmenmarkt

DDR MUSEUM – Interactive Museum

Visiting the DDR Museum was also another nice activity that I did with Jess, whilst Miriam and Grace disappeared into the depths of Berlin’s Techno-vibe. This museum has to be one of the most interactive museums I’ve visited. Each part has little cabinets you can open showing what life was like in East Germany (1949 – 1990). A few show rooms, an old Trabant car also known as a Trabi, a prison cell and more.

I took the opportunity to play a little bit of a Facebook prank on friends back home when taking a quick photograph. I had only updated one post on Facebook saying I was leaving on the Friday morning then hadn’t posted until Sunday. Leaving it the perfect opportunity to have a laugh.
Posting, the photograph below, I led people to believe a horrible mistake had been made with my accommodation booking and just left it at that. Then the replies came in with a couple knowing exactly what it was and others being shocked and confused.

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A GDR (German Democratic Republic)  Prison Cell used by the Stasi.

Burgermeister – “Rest”-aurant-“room”.

We ate at a couple of places whilst away but as soon as we arrived we were told that we would love this place. So what’s special about Burgermeister? Well I think the fact that this is a burger joint that is made from an old public toilet block. Only a short distance away from the East Side Gallery it was a perfect place to get a bite to eat.
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East Side Gallery – Art on the Wall.

So like I said just around the corner or over Oberbaum Bridge which in itself is quite scenic. Probably something everyone has heard about before and without a doubt a nice thing to do. There are some bloody brilliant artists out there in this world of hours and some great pieces of history along this wall. We did this walk up and down the wall on the last day of the trip in the morning and felt like a good way to end the trip.

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These are just some of things that we got up to this time around in Berlin and I know there will be a reason to return to Berlin! Thanks to Jess for being a bit of a model in some of these photographs and thanks to the crew for a good time in Berlin. Until the next Valentine Trip 2017? ūüėČ

“THIS GUY IS GOING EVERYWHERE”

My travel plans for 2016! Aa list few confirmed trips for 2016.

Its a new year and a new post for 2016. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year celebrating it with friends and family. Enough of the formalities lets dive right into the plans for 2016.

“THIS GUY IS GOING EVERYWHERE”

You may be wondering why I have started this post with a quote. Well on a recent shopping trip I found myself needing to also pop into STA Travel and get some answers to a few questions on insurance and also investigate into further travel plans. I was asked what they could help me with to which I replied a long list of things I wanted to do and the manager came over, friendly as they always are, and asked what sort of plans I had in mind so again I reeled off the list of plans to which the¬†lady helping me, Claudia I think her name was, said – yep you guessed it – ¬†“This guy is going everywhere.”

In all honesty I’m just intrigued in what is out there so of course I will look into more than I can probably handle but none the less there is no harm in me trying to work it out.
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                                      Travel Plans 2016

There are several parts of the world I wish to go to this year and then there are some already concrete plans. The following places will be the ones that I have set in stone and a future post will follow with where I’d like to go in 2016 IF I can make it work.

   

                                                                         Berlin, Germany РFebruary 2016

In brief this decision came around New Years Eve 2015. Myself and three friends, who when I do a write up of the trip you’ll likely get to meet, are escaping the United Kingdom in February. Some people may ask why and my simple answer to that is because why not.

I’ve asked a few friends on what they suggest to see and do in Berlin and many have said Checkpoint Charlie as a place to visit and also to walk the wall early morning when people aren’t around. So these will be things I will aim to achieve during the trip specially Checkpoint Charlie as I heard you can get a stamp for your passport which is pretty neat.

Currently in the process of booking flights and accommodation at the time of this post being written. We are looking to use Airbnb for accommodation for the trip and will hopefully be able to save a nice chunk of money overall.

                                     Reykjavik, Iceland РApril 2016

Iceland! Well this is not somewhere I saw myself going any time soon but after another friend and I got talking we spoke about travel plans for the year and I asked whether she’d like a companion¬†on the trip and luckily her response was “sure id love a companion for iceland!” RESULT. I was in and that was the second adventure of 2016 sorted.

There is so much that I want to see and do in Iceland and luckily will have 5 days to do it. With time now ticking down to this trip as both accommodation and flights have been booked naturally the only thing left for me to do is look into what and when. Already we have discussed the first days plan and its looking likely to be a dip in the thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon. What a way to start the trip I mean just take a look at this place.image5a.jpg

                                 Photo from the site www.sushi-suzuki.com

There will be more on Iceland closer to the date and follow up posts from the trip itself so keep an eye out for those.

                               Road Trip Across America РAugust 2016

As some of you will know I am going on a road trip across america with a company called Trek America who quite simply have been great from the first point of contact. After joining them on an adventure in Yorkshire, United Kingdom in 2014 I just knew that a trip had to be done and America had been in my sights for some time.

Without a doubt this is the most expensive out of all my travel plans for 2016 but it is also the one that will – as it stands – be the longest trip. With a total of 26 days on the road. 21 days on the tour with Trek America and 5 days off the tour to explore New York and Los Angeles by myself or potentially with the people I meet over the trip.

With so much going into this trip I will be doing a few posts on them before and after the trip but I want to get those posts perfect so I can do the trip justice as I feel I won’t be able to portray just how amazing this will be. Even sitting here writing about it now I just want to tell all about the places I will visit, the length of time some of the stretches of road will be and more! But it can wait a little longer.

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With my plans out there now and you guys filled in to what my year ahead will look like I want to know what your own travel plans are whether its abroad or local let me know.

The MichaelJoseph.