Perspective is everything. Having my brothers around for a couple of days in Berlin made me realize that there are so many ways to view the city, and so many things to do that I would have recently just dismissed as lame or ‘too touristy’. Whenever someone comes to visit, I try to fix up the perfect plan, the best itinerary to see everything possible. My brothers? They where all “fuck that shit, let’s just go somewhere”. And that was it. No straight plan, no impressive city guidance. It was tough for me, but it was good (we did ‘end up’ at the cool places anyway, hurrr).
It was a beautiful weekend (not without the appropriate amount of drama that lies within the nature of relationships between siblings) and a horrible ride back home to my parents’ place in Frankfurt. I’m staying here for a week of vacation and I’ve been missing the BLN for the past two days but I’ll try not to complain too much (yes, I said I would never leave the city again, but I lied. Sue me). So– what I took away from my weekend experience? Visitors, people who’ve never been to the city, are always a challenge. Not everyone likes the things about Berlin that I love — but there is still enough for everyone.
It’s almost never the exciting or special things that do it for me that do it for people who don’t know the city. For my brothers, taking in the atmosphere of the mundane everyday life was overwhelming enough (part of the berlin routine that I forgot how to appreciate: smoking weed on the street, thousands of people protesting the Mediaspree plans, amazing burgers and falafel at the best places of the city, getting everything for cheap on easy going flea markets, chilling in the evening sun at the Spreeufer, meeting cool people on the subway). And in the end, just roaming around town was better than finding something ‘special’ or ‘typically berlin’ to do — it’s all Berlin. Everything goes.
That makes my brothers sound like very deep-spirited and in-touch-with-themselves kind of people. I can promise: they’re not. My bad.