Kleine Mexikanerin: Back in Berlin
(Reading: 7 minutes) / Photography: Andrea Ochoa
Hello loves! Finally, after three weeks of travel, coffee and new friends, I’m happy to share with you not only a new post, but THIS POST. All those who have lived in a city or country other than their own, the benefits of that experience changed them one way or another. Two years ago, BERLIN was that for me: the city that inspired me to create my own blog Kleine Mexikanerin. I’ll tell you my experience in the German capital!
When someone asks me about the name of my blog, the second question is: what does that mean? In which language is it? Kleine Mexikanerin means “small Mexican” in German. Two years ago, I spent my summer in Berlin working and studying. I must confess that I didn’t know anything but the basics of German language, but I never thought that the experience would end up being the inspiration to create a blog.
Coming to Berlin after two years, made me realize why I fell in love with this city. Many Europeans and also some Germans describe Berlin as a “gray”. I must say that I totally disagree. Three words that perfectly describe this city are: historical, classic and alternative.
Berlin is a historic city, simply because of the monuments and buildings it preserves: Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), Berlin Mauer (Berlin Wall), Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Holocaust Memorial), Gendarmenmarkt Gendarmes) Berliner Dom, Topography of the Terrors, Checkpoint Charlie, among others.
Of all of them, the most significant is undoubtedly the Berlin Wall. It divided the sectors of the city into Western (Federal, French and British) in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the Eastern (Soviet) sector in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). From 1961 until its fall in 1989, the wall was the mayor of the Cold War. Also, visiting the East Side Gallery is a must: an outdoor art gallery located on the east side of the Berlin Wall, in the district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, alongside of the river Spree.
Also, Berlin is a classic city: you must visit at least one of the museums at Museumsinsel such as the Neues Museum or the Pergamon Museum, the Reichstag which houses the German parliament and a glass dome designed by Norman Foster, or the different areas of the Tiergarten that meet in the Siegessäule or Column of the Victory.
The Reichstag is one of my favorite places, not only because of the view of the city it offers, but also because of its meaning: the glass dome symbolizes the German meeting and the transparency of politics and the country. TIP: Schedule your visit to the Reichstag on the website
But Berlin is also an alternative city: visiting the neighborhoods of Mitte, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln is a real must.
This last time I enjoyed Saturday brunch at Carpenter Coffee Brewers (Münzstraße 21, 10178 Berlin). I recommend you try the Smashed Avocado Toast with poached egg, always accompanied by a cappuccino, delicious!
Talking about beer, music, cafes, bars and clubs, Berlin is the ideal place. Some of the clubs required: Berghain, Tresor and Watergate. Cafes: My favorite is Prachtwerk in Neukölln, and the Klunkenkranich terrace is definitely a must too.
Two things you cannot miss: on the one hand the CURRYWURST, originally pork sausage (although you can have beef, chicken turkey and even fish sausages) bathed in curried tomato sauce, usually accompanied by Bröt (Bread) or Pommes frites (French fries).
It is said that the origin of CURRYWURST was in Berlin, and its originator was in Herta Heuwer in 1949, who had a small place in the neighborhood of Charlottenburg to sell sausages with a sauce of her invention.
On the other hand, it is said that Berlin is the best place to try the KEBAB or DÖNNER KEBAB, a grilled skewer with pieces of lamb, peppers, onions and tomatoes, condiments with spices, usually inside bread. This is not a coincidence, since Berlin has the major Turkish community outside Turkey.
Finally, let’s talk about the best sights in Berlin. The most famous is perhaps the Fernsehturm, a tower of the city located in the center of the city. But in my opinion, Panoramapunkt located in Potsdamer Platz is the best. Why? This tower houses 24 floors, with the fastest elevator in Europe (it takes 20 seconds to reach the 24th floor). It has two levels to appreciate a 360 ° view of Berlin, and the PANORAMACAFÉ is located on the terrace’s first floor to enjoy a drink or a dessert with the best view.
I could go on talking about Berlin for hours. But I guess post it’s enough for you to realize that this city is incredible! I recommend you visit it sometime in your life, you will not regret it!