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BETWEEN UPROOTING AND INSPIRATION

An uprooted nomad

Last week, I was walking in Brittany, between sea, forest and menhirs. Brittany is part of me, since I studied there for three years and it was there that I became an adult and I started to build my vision of the world. I had not been back for more than eight years.

Looking at the menhirs of Monteneuf , from top to bottom, I felt very small. I felt uprooted too. They are several meters tall, but they only need a few centimeters deep in the ground to stand for thousands of years. And I, meanwhile, unlike a tree or a megalith, I have no roots. Still, I’m standing, pretty much.

Since I was little, my family has moved. This is the lot of postman families and it never bothered me. I’m a nomad , my family is nomadic and my ancestors probably did not hold up either. My parents moved, my dad keeps coming and going, my sister moves, my aunt too, and for the first time since I was born, my grandma, at over 80, is moving too. I have never had a family home, a familiar place to come back after a long journey and the grandma’s house and her village was a bit of one of my only constants. And this year she leaves and it makes me weird. Looking at the Pyrenees from its window, I felt nostalgic, but also invigorated, inspired and ready to live each day more intensely. I hope she also sees a bit of that by looking off, the white peaks of mountains that have accompanied her every day for years. Nostalgia and inspiration.

Where to drink a coffee in Berlin?

Berlin is also a perfect city to explore the coffee culture . Unfortunately, I did not take the time to explore the best cafes in the city and I only have a good address for you:

  • Berliner Kaffeerösterei

This time it was Mathieu who took me to discover an extra tea room west of Berlin. The program includes teas and coffees from around the world and sugar in all its forms. In short, the perfect place for a greedy like me.

To learn more and go for a coffee in Berlin, I also let you discover the article in English by Julika .

Urban exploration and local walks in Berlin

The good weather was not at the rendezvous during my Berlin week and I had little opportunity to walk outside. I just had time to enjoy a sunny Sunday walk along the canal near my apartment, to see the impressive Olympic stadium during a frenzied treasure hunt and to do some urban exploration. in the company of passionate bloggers. The urbex is indeed very practiced by the Berliners and it must be said that the city is a particularly favorable ground for this kind of exploration. Aline of Nowmadnow has a lot to say on the subject.

My first urban exploration session is not very authentic, but took us to a beautiful place. It was during a treasure hunt organized by Visit Berlin that I took a liking to this type of exploration. Using a photographic index, we first had to find a place in Berlin: this led us to the beautiful Art Deco swimming pool in Charlottenburg. Our reward? A visit to Teufelsberg , an abandoned place responsible for the history of the Second World War and the Cold War. The place can now be visited during organized visits or paying the entrance to a very uncomfortable guard. The view of Berlin is magical (you can get a similar view while climbing up the Grunewald hillnext door) and the place is great for photography and street art lovers .

VISIT BERLIN AS A BERLINER


Visit Berlin as a local

I already had the chance to visit Berlin as a tourist a few years ago for long weekends. Result: I know the tourist areas well. By cons, I had never really tasted the local life . I was able to catch up a little over a month ago, when I was in town for a blogging workshop, followed by ITB, a huge tourism and travel fair. On the program, work, work, networking and work.

It was an intense week, spent at the show and in transport, interspersed with some outings and adventures between bloggers. Finally, sleeping 5 hours a night, I had time to do a lot of things and investigate for you on local addresses that all Berlin knows or has yet to discover. Let’s go!

Where to eat like a local in Berlin?

In Berlin, we eat well and for cheap . My Berlin blogger friends (or not) took me on a tour of their gourmet addresses, so I share with you their finds. Watch out for extra pounds!

  • Max and Moritz , Wirthaus und Bühne

Without doubt the most tourist address of this article, because we met many French, but the locals come to feast too. A good and average budget place to sample typical German food. I let myself be conquered by goulash, bread and homemade beer.

  • Gozleme Restaurant

One snowy day in Finland , I met a couple of Brazilian bloggers living in Berlin. We became friends and since then they have made me discover real culinary delights in their neighborhood, Neukölln and Berlin. This small restaurant does not look, but Turkish food is inexpensive and fall. The Gozleme are filled breads and those with cheese will undoubtedly conquer you. But if you go to this restaurant, do not forget to try the manti , a traditional Turkish dish made of dumplingsstuffed with yogurt, garlic and spices. Yum!

SHORT TOUR IN SOUTHERN GERMANY: MUNICH, ULM, BAVARIA AND CO.

Berlin , Berlin, Berlin. This is the only thing travelers have in mind when planning a trip to Germany . It was also my case, until this year. After my week as a local in Berlin , I decided to visit friends in the south for a week. A carpool ride later (it became one of my favorite means of travel), I found myself in Bavaria in Munich , in a world very different from the one I had left.

A bright sun had replaced the cold and drizzle. The atmosphere so special to the capital had of course disappeared, replaced by a good-natured atmosphere, a little snobbery and a lot of money. Instead of Berlin’s almost incoherent architecture, there were pretty buildings straight out of a Disney fairy tale. Finish the Döner, hello Knödel and other festivities. On the other hand the beer remains universally German … I really liked my short stay in Bavaria, enlivened by walks in the sun and on snowy lakes, restaurants outings and afternoons with friends. One thing is certain, it will certainly not be my last trip to Germany …

After that, head for the Baden-Württemberg countryside to visit another friend, Sarah , my faithful traveling companion. In the program snow, cold and total immersion in the life of a German family. Lots of food, card games, billiards, walks in the countryside, fireside parties and company. The best I think is that I let you discover all this in pictures …

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