Berlin is such an interesting and inspiring city. The architecture is very bright and unique, unlike the buildings here in New York. Most of New York’s buildings are either grey or made out of glass, but in Berlin more buildings are pastel colored and not as tall, revealing more of the sky to see.
Even the city life is interesting, with whiffs of sausage being made in the street, art and history at every turn, and wonderful hospitality. It wasn’t what I expected at all; I thought it would be all cold historic buildings. Berlin is more of a hybrid city, a mix of old and new. Due to its history, many of Berlin’s buildings were destroyed, so much of it was rebuilt and made into the bright and shining city we see today, full of modern buildings and restored buildings brought back to their former glory.
Berlin is also very diverse. It has a large area called Kreuztberg, with a large Turkish population, and in Friedrichshain there are plenty of graffiti buildings, which is very different from the modern and historical parts of Berlin, adding to its flair and pizazz.
Berlin will always hold a very special place in my heart since it was such an amazing and new experience. It really gave me a new perspective on the world.
-Nassim, Phase I