I’ve been waiting to write a post about Berlin and Munich. Most people who know me know that I’m in love with Munich. However, there is another city in Germany that can make me feel better than in Munich, Berlin. I’ve been thinking about why this is so and I’ve realized that if Munich is a mother scolding his son so that he doesn’t break her precious vase, Berlin is the son, who already broke the vase. In Berlin, people are comfortable with strangers, you don’t get weird looks because your German is not perfect and you can come across a waiter from the USA or Netherlands in any café. Bavarian culture may be one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the world, but it needs some change.
You can feel at home in Berlin, but it is hard to become more than a guest in Munich. Being German is important in Bavaria, whereas being German means something totally different in Berlin: you wouldn’t hear long conversations based on who comes from the town closest to Munich. The free spirit of Berlin is on the walls, on the rooftops, on the people, on the music, everywhere… I realized that I’ve been longing to see some innovative architecture in Germany. I’ve been craving for creative graffiti on the street. Berlin is a city that changed E=Mc2 to E=Mc∞. Without question, Munich flawless. I never felt so safe in anywhere else in the world. It is never a problem finding the best quality of anything. What I long for in Istanbul, I find in Munich and if I could combine the two, the result would be Berlin. Liberty leads to creativity, innovation, intertwining and warmer welcomes.
P.S.: Berlin is probably the only city, where you can see a mosque reflecting on a Four Seasons Hotel window.
I came across the word “Kiez” a lot in Berlin. The meaning is this: “Kiez is a German word that refers to a city neighbourhood, a relatively small community within a larger town. The word is mainly used in Berlin and northern Germany.” (wikipedia)
Many cafes use the term “Third Wave Coffee”: “The Third Wave of Coffee refers to a current movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity.” (wikipedia)