Berlin Living la Vida Local – The Experiment

All good things come to an end

All good things come to an end

When Sherry and Lisa arrived in Berlin, they brought with them little luggage and big expectations. Four weeks later they left with a new-found understanding of what it takes to ‘live like a local.’ An overwhelming 71% of people stated that they try to go local on their trips, and Sherry and Lisa championed their […]

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The end of the journey

The end of the journey

Just like the locals, Sherry decided to get out of town on Easter weekend – to the small community of Beelitz. During her Go2Know  photo tour of an abandoned women’s hospital, she was the only English speaker, but this proved no problem as all the other guests interpreted! Sherry especially enjoyed seeing how locals celebrate […]

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Braving the cold and bagging a bargain

Braving the cold and bagging a bargain

Sherry earned more local stripes by spending the day cycling around with Dennis from Vive Berlin Tours. As a local and a student, he was the perfect candidate to give her a personalised tour of Kreuzberg – despite the bitter cold! Lisa was also busy being interviewed live on BlogTalk Radio about “getting local” in […]

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Discovering former East Germany

Discovering former East Germany

Today the girls braved the cold and headed up the highest point of Berlin – Teufelsberg – to discover the abandoned Cold War spy station. Not only was it really fascinating, it offered beautiful panoramic views and an opportunity to see a new area of the city – West Berlin and the Grunewald. Afterwards, Sherry […]

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The many faces of Berlin

The many faces of Berlin

Although in Germany, Sherry experienced a small slice of Vietnam when she went to the Dong Xuan Center which was packed with clothes, shoes, electronics, and beauty places. Trying to fit in with the locals was difficult as she was “two languages removed from being able to communicate with anyone”. Lisa felt that spending some […]

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Watching the football and discovering hidden gems

Watching the football and discovering hidden gems

Sherry spent an evening in typical German style – the first stop was a local bar, Hops and Barley, to watch a football game. In the company of good friends, the cider and conversation flowed and to celebrate Germany’s win they all headed off to enjoy some currywurst – perfect! Lisa made her way over […]

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Running errands and foreign feasts

Running errands and foreign feasts

Today, Lisa met a new friend and fellow travel blogger in Die Garbe, a small restaurant that she passes every day. Heading in, she found out that the restaurant has a work programme for addicts, helping them get back into the workforce. Sherry and Lisa also got round to running all their errands – although […]

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Sauerbraten, tours and talks

Sauerbraten, tours and talks

After eating food from Turkey, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Russia, and Mexico – Sherry finally had some German food! In a local cooking class, she learned how to make typical German sauerbraten four different ways. Sherry loved it and felt like she had “walked onto the set of Germany’s Next Top Chef”; however the best thing about […]

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On the tourist trail

On the tourist trail

On Monday, Lisa decided to revert into being a typical tourist for a few hours and mix with other holiday makers. She ventured into one of the more touristy parts of the city – the Hackescher Markt. She then tucked into an authentic New York pastrami on rye at the Mogg and Melzer Deli – […]

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Old friends & new acquaintances

Old friends & new acquaintances

For Lisa “today was all about people”. First, she got together with an old friend from Hannover for a catch up. She met him six and a half years ago in Costa Rica and they have been friends ever since! Later on, she had a look at what local couch-surfers were up to and decided […]

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