In Denmark there is a week in the fall where students get a whole week off from school. It’s called the potato holiday, because back in the day when most people lived on farms, the kids would take the week off from school to help their families bring in the harvest. Nowadays, it is the perfect opportunity to travel around and see new sights.
My potato holiday brought me to Berlin, Germany for a few days and then onto London, England to meet some friends from Drexel. I made a friend from Berlin while studying in Denmark who always says that Berlin was her favorite city, so for the holiday I thought that I would see what was up and spend a few days there. It did not disappoint!
Berlin is a cool city with a lot to offer. There are a lot of fun places to go and obviously if you like history, it has a lot of interesting places to see. Unlike a lot of places in Denmark where the stores close earlier in the day, Berlin is like a city that doesn’t sleep so it was easy for me to spend all day and night out in the city. It is the type of place that’s actually pretty big, but it feels small and it’s easy to get around. There are less bikes there than in Denmark, but that wasn’t a problem, as the public transportation system was super easy to figure out even though I don’t speak any German.
One of my favorite parts of being in Berlin was when I took a walking tour of the city. The tour guide was charismatic and made sure we all were having a good time, even though the weather was kind of hot and the tour was three hours long. Since I was by myself, it was really fun to meet a lot of different people who came from all over the world and talk with them about their experiences and their opinion of Berlin. That definitely made exploring by myself easier and more fun. It’s also a good way to get food and sight seeing recommendations from different people and use those to decide what to do next. It was nice to not have a solid plan and be able to relax and do whatever I felt like doing in the moment.
Another cool thing that was happening in Berlin the whole week when I was there was the festival of lights. I met up with my German friend and we walked around to see different important and government buildings light up with different images from many local artists.