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Where To Find Caribbean & African Food in Berlin

Fooooood glorrrrrious food! Food is one of the best home comforts we can think of. So, whether you’re a sister new to Berlin (check these first) or you’re a longer-term resident who’s feeling home sick, there’s nothing a bowl of curry goat can’t solve.
Traveling seems to be a rising interest in the younger generation of female black travelers – and we couldn’t be happier. We’re continually inspired and motivated to see more of the world after reading posts like this one.
But finding African and Caribbean foods abroad can be difficult. If you’re in Berlin though, don’t fear, we’ve got you covered. 😉
Here are some top places to get black made food where you are.

Where To Find Caribbean & African Food in Berlin

Caribbean Supermarkets


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Now for ease, we’ve divided these up into two different categories. There’s a big difference in Caribbean and African food. With that in mind we wanted to do them both justice and give them both equal coverage. Up first… Caribbean!
Frische Paradies
Location:
Hermann-Blankenstein-Str. 48, 10249 Berlin
Price:
€€€
Our thoughts:
We must say we were impressed with the sheer variety of food available in this shop. Therefore, we can completely appreciate it shows at #1 for Caribbean food in Berlin.

Apfelfragen

Location:
Goltzstr. 3, 10781 Berlin, Germany
Price:
€€
Our thoughts:
If cost is your main worry when shopping for food, then this may be the perfect shop for you. With a total 5-star rating we believe it’s one of the best out there.

African Supermarkets


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Köpenicker Weinladen Max Hoch
Location:
Köpenicker Str. 8, 10997 Berlin, Germany, Kreuzberg
Price:
€€
Our thoughts:
Cheerfully cheap, tasty home-grown food. We’re dying for some Sadza too… And did we mention wine – so much wine! How could you resist this fantastic shop?

Alpha & Omega International Afro Shop

Location:
Weserstr. 3-4, 12047 Berlin
Price:

Our thoughts:
This independent African shop sells African produce alongside crafts, cosmetics and hair products. Whether you’re looking for fresh or canned goods to cook up an African storm, Alpha & Omega can help.

African Fast Food


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Khartoum – Kreuzberg, Wienerstr. 69, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Senegambia – Kreuzberg, Reichenbergerstr. 72, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Sahara – Neukölln, Reuterstr. 56, 12047 Berlin, Germany
This collection is priced up at €. We think these are the best of the best for African fast food in Berlin. Khartoum is our favorite for serving everything including an amazing range of vegan foods, if that’s your thing. Check them all out and choose your own favorite!

Caribbean Fast Food


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Merle’s Trinidad Cuisine – Kreuzberg, Yorckstr. 22, 10965 Berlin, Germany
Ya-Man – Tiergarten, Gotzkowskystre. 17, 10555 Berlin, Germany
Status: Currently drooling over the thought of macaroni cheese. Sadly, there two Caribbean fast-food joints are among the very few that we could find. There’s a calling for more so if entrepreneurial skills are in your repertoire then maybe you should consider it? Jerk chicken and fried plantain, please!

Conclusion


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We hope we’ve heightened your spirits and ignited a little more hope in your bones for getting some tasty food that speaks to your roots. Berlin may be far from home, but the taste of home doesn’t have to be!
So, do you have anywhere else to suggest? Some restaurants maybe? Let us know. 🙂

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Five Reasons To Visit Berlin

Five reasons to visit Berlin

Spring is a great time to visit Berlin. It’s time when the weather in the German capital is great, and nightlife is returning to a normal rhythm. At this time the city is flooded with party-goers, electronic music fans, and travelers, fascinated by ancient history. After all, Berlin is a city of nightclubs with the best DJs and various museums with the richest archaeological collections. Here are five reasons why you should visit Berlin.

1) History

The earliest settlements in this region appeared about 60,000 years ago, and the city itself was founded at the end of the XII century. You can literally study European history when walking Berlin streets. The XVIII century is represented by the magnificent palace of Charlottenburg, Neue Wache, Zeughaus and the majestic Brandenburg Gate. The XIX century, with its industrial revolution and rapid population growth, left Berlin the Rotes Rathaus, the Reichstag building, and the Berlin cathedral. Many of the historical monuments were destroyed and restored in the XX century, the legacy of which includes the checkpoint Charlie, the wreckage of the Berlin Wall and the Monument to the Victims of the Holocaust.

2) The capital of entertainment

Berlin had bustling nightlife even before the war – a lot of variety shows and cabarets attracted not only Germans but also foreigners. The city regained its fame as the club capital of Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now the German capital has everything to attract party-goers: the Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, and Prenzlauer-Berg districts have a lot of clubs with the best DJs. Particular attention should be paid to Berlin open-airs, for example, Tech Open Air, which is held every year.

3) Art and culture

Painting, sculpture, design, photography and fashion – all these you can find not only in Berlin museums but also in city streets. The Pergamon Museum may cost you a whole day, not to mention the Old National Gallery with its richest collection of paintings. Art lovers should check out the New National Gallery and the Berggruen Museum. Those who love modern art will also find something to see. For example, the part of the Berlin Wall turned into the famous East Side Gallery under the open sky.

4) Multicultural city

Berlin is one of the most variegated cities of the Old World. The center for cultural diversity is the Kreuzberg district. Twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays) on the Maybachufer embankment you can find the Turkish market with exotic street food. There is also a Jewish museum on Lindenstraße which tells the rich and tragic history of the Jewish community in Germany.

5) Gardens and parks

Berlin can be called a green city. Most of the central streets are decorated with rows of trees, and each palace has a well-kept garden. Besides, there are several large parks in the city: the huge Tiergarten, the secluded Treptower Park, as well as the Botanical Garden and the Zoo. Finally, on weekends the Berliners themselves like to relax on the lakes in the Wannsee district. It’s a perfect place for picnics.

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How to Get Started on Your Healthy Eating Goals


How to Get Started on Your Healthly Eating Goals

There’s no doubt eating healthily can take a lot of work, but sometimes we have to make the commitment to eat well in order to improve our lives. Whether you’re struggling with health issues, want to lose a little extra weight, or are simply changing your diet to keep yourself healthy, setting goals before you get started makes the process much easier.
Berlin doesn’t even come close to having a shortage of tasty eateries, so you might assume it’ll be extremely difficult sticking to your healthy eating goals if you live here. However, there are plenty of ways to eat a healthy diet while in Berlin! Plant-based options are plentiful when dining out, and organically grown food is readily available.
So what’s the best way to get started on your healthy eating goals?

Make a Plan

Before you get started, you need to determine what your goals are. Are there certain foods you want to avoid, or are you aiming for a calorie-restricted diet? How will you avoid temptation when you’re on the go or at a party?
By asking yourself a few questions and creating a detailed plan, you’re likely to find yourself more motivated to stay on track. Reaching your goals will be easier once you’ve clearly defined what they are.
Designing a meal plan every week can be helpful too, as home-cooked meals are likely to be a necessity, and planning ahead, as well as meal prep in advance, can reduce the likelihood of straying from your goals.

Locate Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Knowing where you can find healthy food is a must, so take some time to locate restaurants and grocery stores that offer what you’re looking for. (Quick tip: If you’re looking for organic food, keep an eye out for products marked “bio.”). Sticking to a whole-food diet is much easier when you know which restaurants and stores to go to. Luckily, Berlin has a lot of options available.
Here are a few:
Unverpackt
Unverpackt will be your one-stop shop for dry goods and foods you’d normally find sold in bulk. The store focuses on reducing waste, so customers need to bring their own storage containers in order to shop, but the food is all organic and sourced locally.
The Bowl
The Bowl is a vegan restaurant that serves a colorful array of plant-based breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. You won’t find any artificial additives or preservatives, gluten, trans fats or refined sugar here, just delicious food suited for any time of day.
Enten und Katzen
Enten und Katzen is an organic deli, café and grocery store that offers a variety of soups, pastries, meats, cheeses and produce. They have a little bit of everything, as well as a cozy outdoor dining space that’s great for enjoying a quick cup of coffee with your friends.
Anaveda
Anaveda offers affordable and convenient meals, many of which are gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, lactose free and, of course, healthy! Interestingly, this restaurant focuses on Ayurvedic dishes, so it makes eating for your dosha a breeze.

Visit Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets tend to be held at least once a week, and they’re great for finding locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of homemade foods. The local farmer’s markets can be a lifesaver if you’re on a tight budget.
When buying directly from farmers, you can ensure you’re getting fresh produce at affordable prices. The variety available is sometimes more appealing too, as you may be able to find heirloom veggies or fruits that aren’t commonly sold in local grocery stores. Here’s a list of the top 10 farmer’s markets in Berlin, so you can check them out for yourself.

Find and Try New Recipes
To stay on track, you’ll need to find some recipes to use as replacements for whichever not-so-healthy recipes you used to enjoy. YouTube is a great site to browse for these, especially if you’re not used to cooking often. Two popular channels for healthy recipes are “Mind Over Munch” and “Clean & Delicious,” though searching for keywords will quickly find you many more!
These channels also have tips on how to prep meals in advance or shop for healthy ingredients on a budget. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes videos are blocked based on your location; if you run into this issue, Secure Thoughts has a guide that can help.
Berlin is a great city for those looking to maintain their healthy eating goals. There’s a lot of variety, convenient options for when you don’t have much time to spare and an abundance of organic and locally produced foods.
Do you have any recommendations you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Cassie is a health and wellness blogger. She loves to travel, and when she does, she always seeks out healthy eating options while still enjoying the local cuisine.

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Kultur- und Infoveranstaltung zur Umbenennung der Wissmannstraße (Cultural and information event to rename the Wissmannstraße)

Ölln decolonize Berlin-Neuk

Cultural and information event to rename the Wissmannstraße

With performances by Him Noir and Zaida Horstmann, posts and symbolic renaming them with an ISD Berlin – Initiative of Black People in Germany , Berlin Postkolonial , Berlin Development Policy advice eV and decolonize Berlin!

Saturday, 18/03/2017 Wissmannstra SSE, corner Hasenheide
program
13:30 – Performance Zaida Horstmann
14:30 – Symbolic renaming
15:15 – Performance Him Noir
15:45 – Symbolic renaming

Against colonial racist street names!

Why rename? Hermann Wissmann contributed military expeditions significantly to the violent colonization of the Congo. As Reichskommissar he struck with the “Wissmann troop” 1888-1890 anti-colonial resistance of the coastal population in “German East Africa” (today Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) down. He prepared as a colonial governor significantly taxing the colonized before, in 1905, the trigger of the Maji Maji War was, lost their lives in the least 100,000 East African people.

He should not be honored with a street name for his crimes.

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Between Berghain orgies and unicorn onesies: The wonderful weirdness of moving to Berlin

Discloser- This is a guest post

Are you thinking about moving to Berlin? Have people told you about the magical attraction of this European capital? Are you excited but still a little uneducated on the matter of the way of living and finding a home here? Don’t panic- many of others before you were at the exact same
point and I would like to use my own such as some of my friends’ experience moving here to give you a little heads up.

I was born and raised in a small town in Franconia called Rothenburg ob der Tauber and finally moved to Berlin in October 2016. Growing up in a safe, quiet 12.000 inhabitant town, where everything seems to be fine, does not really prepare you for the move to Germany’s biggest city. In Rothenburg, people bury their dirt deep beneath the ground and only people inside the community know exactly who is sleeping with whom, whose parents are getting divorced, who spent some time inside for all kinds of reasons and who allegedly worked as a prostitute back in the days. As a tourist, you can easily get blended by the illusion of the medieval, romantic small town that is packed with gothic churches. No wonder Rothenburg’s younger generation wants to break out of this small bubble to have a look beyond the idyllic pensioners’ paradise that offers one nightclub that seems to have the same playlist for every Saturday night and rather get to know a better and more relevant perspective of the world and its diverse people. Berlin seems the perfect destination to get the most cultural input in terms of party, people and lifestyle, the big melting pot it is. So many people from within and outside the country move here every year which turned Berlin into this diverse paradise: every religion, language, ethnicity as well as mental disease is represented here. In contrast to the fairytale-like atmosphere in my hometown, it seems like in Berlin, the realness is less subtle. It definitely took me some time to adjust to the daily input of yet another crazy story or weird encounter.

The first thing I realised back in my teenage years, when I visited the city for the first time, was that everybody dresses and acts just as they like. There were no such things as fashion trends or at least in that parts of the city, where I went around. People wore their PJs, old jeans jackets and worn out sneakers. In terms of interacting, the Berliner Schnauze was the leading manner of communication: no frills, no fake or unnecessary small-talks, but rough and annoyed comments. It is totally common for people to freak out about the fact that the bus is late again, screaming and using every curse word the German language has to offer.

Going back to the last paragraph’s introduction about Berlin’s less subtle realness, I have to admit that this might be a bit misleading, because, in fact, it sometimes hits you right in the face. I remember watching a scene of “Sex and the City” in which the four women talk about the people who leave New York to go to the real world; then Samantha tells Carrie, after a homeless man showed her his penis, that it “doesn’t get any realer than that”. This seemed kind of exaggerated to me back then, but now, well, I have been out and about in Berlin. It turns out not all that glitters is gold. Let me give you a short example: What would you think if someone tells you about a club with a golden shower? Pretty fancy, huh? Well, the infamous Berghain owns such a shower and it does not have anything to do with getting cleaner- in fact, quite the opposite is true. It is a room that is only divided by a grate from the room above, in which people like to pee. Another example is my first visit to Kit Kat club where a good friend of mine dragged me in. There is a sauna, pool and many lightly clad people. This seemed odd and new to me, but hey, whatever makes people happy and does not affect others, right? I decided to have a look around to get the best all-round impression which I definitely did get: people having sex, people watching others having sex and finally people having sex on their own next to couples, on the dance floor, on couches…basically everywhere. At 9:30 in the morning my hunger for the new and weird was stilled and I was ready to go home and sleep. When we were leaving, people were still arriving, taking their clothes off and were ready to party. If there is one thing I love about Berlin it is the party culture. On a Sunday morning, if you have nothing better to do and feel like dancing: go ahead! Usually, there are a number of night clubs that are open non-stop from Friday to Monday.

Up to now, I might not have given you the most positive advertisement for this city thus far, but I, along with over 3.5 million other people, really love living here. The lifestyle of Berlin’s population is unique. The great thing is that everybody can just be themselves, no one gives a shit. Really. Wear your unicorn onesie, go ahead and take your pony on the train or cut some onions on the train, if you are running late to your cooking date. Enjoy the freedom of being weird. Another big plus for Berlin is that the cultural possibilities seem endless. With its unique history, Berlin provides so many cultural institutions such as museums and landmarks. Also, the nature around the city is beautiful. In summer, people flock to the river Spree or to lakes that are just outside the city to go swimming, enjoy a beer or a doobie. You can even hop on your rubber raft and flow down the lake and meet nice fellow boatswains along the way. During winter time there are cute little cafes and bars on every corner in Kreuzkölln, for example. The options to fill your spare time really seem endless.

So now, if you have read this essay this far and are still or now even more convinced to move here, let me give you a realistic preview of what your search for an apartment will look like. As I said, lots of people come here each year and want to be part of the vibrant city life. Therefore, finding a place to live is very hard and strenuous. First of all, you need to know where you want to live, send a lot of emails to landlords, then, if you are lucky enough to be invited to visit the apartment (along with 100 other people at the same time) you still need a lot of luck (or money) to be the one who receives the honor of moving in. But, don’t worry if you are one of the less well-heeled, there are options for you, too. For a shared flat, sometimes other essentials are requested. Here, having a steady income and a five-digit number on your bank account may not be the most important thing. There are listings for apartments, for which it is sufficient if you are young, female, single, attractive and willing to pay the monthly rent in another currency than Euros. Or, if you enjoy watching adult movies in company of a new buddy: here you go, move in with that creepy guy whose only requirement for the new flatmate is to watch porn with him every once in a while. What? That doesn’t sound like an attracting proposal to you? Ok, then, go and find something else, prude! I could go on and on about weird stories of flat-share listings, like the one flat share which occasionally throws foot fetishist parties and is looking for female flatmates that are OK with guys
feeling up their feet, but at the end, I want to give a valuable tip of how to get to an apartment in a non-creepy and easy way.

There is a website that will find you your perfect apartment: Wunderflats. The name speaks for itself: Here, you can find a fully furnished apartment for yourself; the prices contain all costs and essentials such as WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen or a washing machine. You don’t even have to be willing to throw foot fetishist parties, strictly live vegan or move in a nudist flat share. Just be prepared to get your background concerning your reason to move here, as well as your job position checked. If you have found an apartment that you like, send a request and one of Wunderflat’s booking team members will get in touch with you and walk you through the whole
process until the day you actually move in. And the best thing: all of this is free of charge for you! So, don’t be afraid! Come to Berlin and enjoy the world’s most exciting city!

Author-

Simona Kamleiter from Wunderflats

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Black Lives Matter – „Schwarzer Widerstand und Schwarze Realitäten“

This post is in English and German

Black Lives Matter – „Schwarzer Widerstand und Schwarze Realitäten“
This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.
26.02.2017 Einlass 17.30 Uhr
Start:18.00 Uhr – 21.00Uhr
Werkstatt der Kulturen, großer Saal, II Stock
powered by ISD – Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland

Filmpräsentation + Filmbesprechung „Generation Revolution“

Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are
changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature length documentary film follows an
exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them. The London Black Revolutionaries,
or ‘Black Revs’, have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action.
A Movement challenge the idea of the ‘Staid and Serious’ political activist and
The Black Dissidents are a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.

Kein Moment, sondern eine Bewegung.
Das ist BlackLivesMatter. Die Bewegung begann 2012 mit der Benutzung des Hashtags #BlackLivesMatter in den Sozialen Medien nach dem Freispruch
des Mörders von Trayvon Martin und steht für ein wachsendes Bewusstsein Schwarzer Menschen, People of color und Marginalisierter Menschen für die
es keine echte Freiheit gibt, solange Schwarze Menschenleben ungeachtet der historischen Kämpfe ihrer Vorfahren
nicht wertgeschätzt werden. Die Bewegung setzt auf einen intersektionalen Ansatz und die weltweite Vernetzung. Alicia Garza, eine der Gründerinnen
sagt: „When we say Black Lives Matter, we are talking about the ways in which Black people are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.“
In der Veranstaltung geht es um die Geschichte, die Gegenwart und Zukunft der Bewegung, nicht nur in den USA, sondern auch in Europa.

Programm:
26.02.2017 Einlass 17.30 Uhr
Start:18.00 Uhr – 21.00Uhr
Werkstatt der Kulturen, großer Saal, II Stock
Podium: Moderation Karen Taylor,
Sprecher/innen unter anderem:
Jessica de Abreu is an Black Dutch activist,
organizer and writer. She is a general coordinator
at European Network of People of African
Descent.
Modi Ntambwe Chair of RVDAGE-SVAV
Federation of African Associations of Flanders,
Board member of the CCAEB ONG-FED and
coordinator or the advocacy group within the
European Network for People of African Descent
– ENPAD.
Natasha Nkonde – Activist in Black Lives Matter
UK and Sisters Uncut. Regional Organiser
at Edge Fund. Bad immigrant, Black Feminist,
taking up space.
Kuchenga Shenjé – Writer and avid consumer
of all culture. She is a member of the Black
Lives Matter UK and Bent Bars Collective, writing
regularly to trans women „on the inside“.

Filmpräsentation + Filmbesprechung
„Generation Revolution“
Generation Revolution beschreibt die mitreißende Geschichte einer neuen Generation Schwarzer Aktivist_innen und Aktivist_innen
of Color, die für eine nachhaltige Veränderungen der politischen Landschaft in London und
darüberhinaus gesorgt haben. Der 60 minütige Film begleitet neue Formen von Organisationen und jungen Londoner Aktivist_innen.
„The Black Dissidents“ sind eine neue Organisation, deren Ziel es ist, gegen jedwede Form von Unterdrückung zu kämpfen, und das umschließt
den Kampf gegen Rassismus, Klassendenken und Geschlechterdiskriminierung.
Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black
and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital
and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of
organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them.

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6 Top Tips for First-Time Expats Living in Berlin

Disclaiminer: This is a Guest Post

Learn the German language
Sure, most Germans are probably much more adept at speaking English than you would be spluttering a few phrases of broken Deutsch. However, it is recommended that you at least learn some basic German before you move. Not only will knowing the language make your life easier (you’ll be able to discern the various meats and pastries in the delicatessen for instance), you’ll also find it much simpler initiating communication with the locals and you’ll earn their respect by trying your hand at the language (plus you’ll never know where you might need it).

Dress for the weather
Winters in Germany can be cold, and long and often snowy, so be sure to invest in a decent pair of boots and outerwear for these months.
In the summer, expats in Berlin enjoy warm, dry weather, with plenty of things to do. There are places to hike and lakes outside of the city where you can hike and swim to your heart’s content. Germans are very outdoorsy people, so don’t be surprised if when you make friends, you get invited out for camping excursions and barbeques – get those bratwursts on the barbie!

Find yourself some threads
Berliners are style conscious and generally employ a casual and functional dress code; (meaning boots and sneakers, leave the heels at home, ladies). The trend setters of Berlin are much more down to earth when it comes to footwear.
There is a strong hipster culture present in Berlin, both in the style of fashion and in the selection of artisanal bars and eateries popping up all over the city; such as the trendy bar Ä – a laid-back bar in Neukölln offering a basement dancefloor for the folks who like a good boogie.

Get out and sample the nightlife
Germans fully embrace the party culture and the diverse dance music scene that comes with it. Berlin has no fewer than 900 bars and nearly 200 clubs and discotheques, so you won’t have to search far for a great night out! All these top venues attract top DJs from all over the world – mainly in the techno and house scenes, meaning top music and a great chance to mingle with Berlin’s happening scene.
Top clubs include Berghain, Watergate, and White Trash – which, despite its ostentatious name is actually a restaurant popular with expats and also hosts live music and parties in the basement. In fact, basement dancefloors seem to be something of a theme in this city.

Things to see and do
Aside from the main eateries and watering holes, there’s plenty more to see and do in Berlin. If you’re the kind of expat that loves to treat your first few months in a new country like an extended holiday, you’ll want to see all the sights and sounds Berlin has to offer. History geeks can relish in the many museums and historic buildings in the city, such as the Fernsehturn (TV tower), standing at 368 metres (1,207 feet), it’s the tallest structure in Berlin, offering unrivalled views of the city. Nature lovers can enjoy Berlin’s central park and Garten der Welt; a collection of themed gardens and natural oases. Botanischer Garten is another amazing location to explore the flora on offer in the many gardens in Berlin.

Off the beaten track
For the more seasoned expat ready to uncover all the unusual things to do around the city, such as visiting the Liquidrom, a futuristic, new age spa, or the Bierpinsel, a strange, tree-like building built in 1976. Offering you a first-time glimpse into the first in a long line of odd architecture in the city.
Those in the mood for an unconventional breakfast should head to the Reichstag, where you can start your day with a meal on the roof of this historic building.
Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could take a day trip out to the Teufelsberg – a cold war, NSA spy station with huge radar domes towering overhead. The entire place lies abandoned, so if you do decide to venture there, take caution.

Alex works for Currency UK – a foreign exchange company who help expats move their money abroad, with a friendly service and bank beating exchange rates!

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Five Ways To Upgrade to First Class For Less (Guest Post)

Disclaimer: This is a guest post, and this is from a United States perspective…

To put into perspective how expensive first class is; it can cost up to ten times as much as a coach ticket. It’s not like business class is much cheaper either. So, what are your options when you want to travel in comfort and style without sacrificing your wallet? We have five ways to upgrade to first class for less we’re sure you’ll love. Read article about 30 ways to get cheap first class airfares.
The easiest way to fly first class for cheap is to get an upgrade. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

1. Check-In Online as Soon as Possible
You should get online precisely 24 hours before the flight leaves. This is when the cheap upgrades go on sale. You can be sure that they won’t be around for long, so don’t hesitate to grab one that catches your eye.

There’s a very simple reason the upgrades are offered at this point. They would prefer to make some money from their seats rather than leaving them empty; even if that means underpricing them.

2. Take a Trip to the Airline’s Kiosk
You should always stop at the kiosk and check-in again, even if you’ve done it online. Perhaps you couldn’t find any upgrades, or they were out of your price range. Things could have changed so look and see for yourself. There could have been another price drop between then and now too.

3. Look for Anxious Gate Agents
If you’re lucky then this is something that will happen to you as you wait for an international flight. Sometimes agents actually approach individual travellers; offering them upgrades on the spot. With the power of haggling on your side you’ll be flying business class for up-to-hundreds-of-dollars off of the asking price.

4. Join a Miles Program and Become an Elite

Sign up with the miles program for your favorite airline and become an exclusive customer of theirs. After joining the miles program you need to kickstart your ascension to Elite status. You can do this by using a branded credit card; finding special offers; becoming a temporary mileage runner; finding a miles acceleration program with a service like FlyerTalk.com.

5. Fly Southwest
Southwest offers the cheapest way to get your hands on a first-class seat. By paying just $10, Southwest gives you the chance to be one of the first on the plane. This gives you pick of the seats, so find a nice one and rest easy. There’s no first-class amenities such as a free cocktail, but you can’t get everything.

Still; with a little legwork and the right comparison site, you can always get cheap flights.

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7 Best Attractions to Visit in Berlin

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Germany is rarely included in romantic travel guides and this is totally unfair! Our friends from Prime Russian Dating helped us choose the top 7 must-visit locations in Berlin – which wasn’t that easy as this city is full of exciting places. Let’s have a look now!

1. Unter den Linden
Starting your trip from the most famous boulevard of Berlin, you can see numerous major attractions at once. Unter den Linden stretches from the City Palace to the Brandenburg Gate and hosts a number of embassies, the Humboldt University – one of the oldest in the city, State Opera, State Library, and many more amazing spots.

2. Museum Island
From Unter den Linden, you can also go to the Museum Island, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Here, five prominent Berlin museums are situated. The Altes Museum and the Neues Museum present ancient relics from around the world. The Bode Museum is, in fact, a museum complex featuring the Sculpture Collection, the Museum of Byzantine Art, the Coin Cabinet, and a special gallery designed for children. The top-visited Pergamon Museum exhibits classic archeological monuments. Eventually, Alte Nationalgalerie encompasses paintings from Classicism to early Modernism. Just purchase a day pass and explore on your own!

3. Berlin Cathedral
Also known by its full name (Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church), Berlin Cathedral is one of the local jewels. Its construction kicked off in the 15th century and the edifice went through many redecorations since that time. It was badly damaged in the World War II and completely restored only in 1993. Millions of tourists now can marvel at its dome, chapels, and the Hohenzollern crypt and visit the Cathedral museum.

4. Brandenburg Gate
Walking down by Unter den Linden towards the Pariser Platz, you can’t miss the Brandenburg Gate. This neoclassical masterpiece was built at the end of the 18th century and became the iconic symbol of Berlin. It has seen different times. The Gate represented the separation of Germany after the Second World War; since the Berlin Wall demolition in 1989, it stands for the country’s reunification.

5. Reichstag building
This notable monument of Neo-Baroque style is located near the Brandenburg Gate. After being in disuse for long years after World War II ended, it was reconstructed in 1999 and meetings of Bundestag (the German parliament) are conducted here nowadays. Right in front of it, you will see the Victory Column symbolizing Prussian triumphs in wars with Denmark, Austria, and France.

6. Grunewald
The most known German forest lies 10 km away from the city beside the Havel River. It covers 3/4 of the locality of Grunewald in the western part of Berlin. Local diversity of trees and wildlife, lovely lakes and ponds are truly overwhelming! Go there by foot or take a bike or horse ride. Note that some areas function as natural reserves and are closed to the public.

7. Gendarmenmarkt
You should definitely visit this fascinating square in the heart of Berlin. The Gendarmenmarkt’s history dates back to the 17 th century when it was called Linden-Markt. Later, it was used by city guards who kept their horses here. Nowadays, people come to the Gendarmenmarkt to see three glorious buildings: the German Dom, the French Dom, and the Concert House – one of the city’s main theaters, as well as the Schiller Monument. Other attractions, like St Hedwig’s Cathedral or Friedrichstraße – a luxurious shopping avenue – are found nearby.