Some things I learned about Berlin this trip:

  • Berlin isn’t really home to as large of a ‘classical German’ attitude as I would have assumed. Instead, it is (as far as I understand it) pretty much hippyville for Germany. Things like the fact that everyone ignores no-smoking laws — Berlin much more so than anywhere else in Germany. The hipster attitude: same. The silly love of 80’s music… well, I don’t know much about that. (I do know that I’ve not seen posters for Journey concerts anywhere else in the US…)
  • Oranienburger is part of the red-light district of Berlin — This is the first time I’ve ever been propositioned by two prostitutes in 10 minutes!

(Oh, also, I did some work.)

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