My family really got into the idea of me blogging and when I told them I am doing a travel blog about my trip to Germany, I earned myself sone free consultants. Mum, and dad took it upon themselves to advise me on what to blog about and even arranged trips on some interesting goings-on around the city (The previous post on the BMZ Economic Fayre was dads invitation and idea).
This post on Berlin being the dog city was mums idea after seeing a feature on BBC about a blogger who posted about the cat city (can’t remember which city it was)
Wherever you go in Berlin, you can be guaranteed to bump into a good looking (or handsome as I like to call them; meaning well- groomed) dog and it’s owner. Seriously though, people here love dogs!
So I took up mums challenge and set out with my camera (my phone- gotta love technology) and went a-snapping.
There you have it folks, Berlin truly is the dog lovers city.
Off to board my plane now.
Ich liebe Berlin (I love Berlin)
Berlin, as well as other regions in Germany, has quite a large population of Turkish immigrants who live, work and run various businesses. From my research (
Wikipedia), this relationship goes as far back as before the 1950’s when Germany experienced a shortage of workers and Turkish workers were brought in for what wss meant to be a temporary period.
Today, Germany and Turkey continue to have a strong economic, social and cultural tie…..but this isn’t a history lesson..
I have always wanted to go to Turkey and proir to my mums accident we had planned to make a trip on my next trip to Berlin but as our big shopping trip has been postponed, mum suggested I go down to the Turkish Market.
The Turkish Market (much like the Pakati Market on Sunday’s at Arcades for my Zambian readers) allows Turkish traders to display their goods to the public. Here’s a snippet of what was on display:
Sweet Corn, yum!
My sister and her sweet corn
Love these brooms
Bed slippers anyone?
Someone is happy to see all those greens
Freshly made Turkish Bread
I would recommend the market as a must see and do, just be prepared for the foot traffic and noise as traders shout out their products and very fair prices (I needed a pain killer afterwards but it was worth it for all the goodies I got).
Don’t forget to try the sweetcorn!
Unlike Lusaka where you can pretty much get to where you are going in 20 minutes or less (on a weekend of course because Lusaka peak hour traffic is enough to drive someone insane and probably has already done so to many)…in Berlin it feels like I spend a lot of my time in the car on the way to some place or other; seriously its like 2/3rds of the time i am in the car….whether that’s because that’s just how it is or it’s the driver of the car, I wouldn’t know.
So anyway, I thought I’d share some of the random sites I have seen whilst on my way to these places (mostly shopping malls I must admit 🙂 )
Random street in an area which when translated means 'Green Forest'
Apotheke or Chemist
Need to find out what this monument is
Interesting Car statue thing
That’s Berlin in pictures.
One simply cannot go to Germany and not talk about cars. Even this Curvyafricandiva, who’s not really into cars (and really doesn’t know much about them except that they take me to where i want to go), has enjoyed the the beautiful machinery on display on the streets of Berlin.
So without further ado…
Motorcycle in the bushes
The Mini Cooper
Mercedes Benz GL Class
Audi Q5 interior
I have seen so many beautiful machines; we are talking Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Opel, Porsche, Range (oooh I fell in love- its a shame they were moving and I couldn’t take decent photos), you name it, all types of cars, new and old.
I was quite surprised though by the number of Japanese cars around and naively asked why a German would want to buy a Japanese car and without a beat, my young brother says ‘well not everyone can afford them’. I just got schooled by the kid.
Okay then, hope you enjoyed the show, I did… now to score myself a couple of free rides before I leave…
Ps: Watch out for Part 2 as I get serious and post some seriously beautiful (and extremely expensive) machines.
One of the items on my to-do list (and I do love my to-do lists) for my trip is to soak in a bit more of the culture of Berlin. So when my dad told me about an annual Economic Development Fayre (where the German government gives embassies from around the world an opportunity to promote their countries and cultures under one roof), I took up the opportunity to drop by the fayre after church.
It was a fun learning experience, for one, I didn’t know there were so many countries (African and otherwise) represented in Germany.
Here are snippets from the fare:
The Zambian stand promoting Tourism
Togo: the ambassdor gave me a free bracelet 🙂
Nigeria: promoting their export products
Didn't get to see the South African stand because of the crowd but loved the Mandela portrait
World Vision; one of the many international charitable organisations that were represented doing great work around the world
Anyone know what that sign says?
It was a well spent Sunday Afternoon, the weather was awesome (hot actually), the atmosphere was great, not forgetting the free samples of food (that I didn’t try because none of it looked healthy enough but it sure smelled good). Berlin, I’m learning is a melting pot of different cultures.
I have only been in Berlin a couple of days and haven’t seen much yet.
My touring so far has just been around the neighbourhood, running errands for my mum who isn’t mobile at the moment as she waits to have surgery (I believe God heals all our diseases and my mum will be walking and dancing me down the aisle one day soon…I digress…)
So anyway I thought I’d share in pictures what I have seen so far on my walks to the local grocery store and shops.
The mandatory selfie
Houses and apartments
Statues and green grass! Oh how I love green grass
Flowers. Look at all the bright colours
Fresh and colourful fruit and veggies
The Curvyafricandiva has left Africa (Zambia because we all know Africa isnt a country)
I am currently visiting my family (mum, dad and brother) who live in Berlin, Germany. It’s my second visit and unlike last time, when my activities were mainly made up of shopping (I love my shopping), I plan to do more sightseeing and appreciate the culture more.
Here’s my to do list:
1. Tour most of the touristy places, historical buildings, museums and other such places.
2. Cars! I am in Germany after all so car watching is definitely on my list
3. Get in touch with nature, meditate, for God to draw me close. I long for a deeper connection.
4. Visit a church and learn something new in terms of Praise and Worship.
5. Food. Got to try out some traditional German food…as long as it’s within my healthy eating plan of course. Although, I’m not a big fan of sausages and last time i was here the chef kept serving sausages for breakfast but I will try to be open-minded about other kinds of food.
6. Shopping! Self-confessed shopaholic. You know how we do.
7. Family time. That’s why I’m here after all; to spend time with my mum especially.