Beaches (and lots MORE!) in Berlin
My friends advised me to go to Berlin for my German course. “It is the most amazing city in Germany”, they told me. And it is true: Berlin is just fantastic!
You can find everything here! Wonderful streets with colourful shops, flea markets, cafes, museums, great architecture, important historical places, all kind of exhibitions and arts.
Maybe it’s a kind of laboratory for creating new crazy things. Once I went with my friends from school to an exhibition of sounds called “Listen to listening”. There we found some works of the Austrian composer Peter Ablinger who lives currently in Berlin. Out of a piano he created a machine which can imitate the human voice. Yeah, it is astonishing! And he also recorded the sound of different trees… Yes, the sound of TREES! I listened to them and even if you find it difficult to believe, every tree has a different sound or language… or whatever you want to call it!
As you can imagine, my time in Berlin has been exciting and really fun – although I have studied a lot! I enrolled on an ‘Intensive’ German course and had lessons every day from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday. In my class there were students from a lot of different countries. On the very first day I became friends with Maxim from Russia, Elizabeth from Greece and Jorge from Mexico! After the lessons on the first day we had lunch together and continued to do so every day after that! Sometimes we went to one of the small bars at the Hackschen Markt (it is a metro station close to Alexanderplatz and it is a lovely place). Or, sometimes we just bought some fast food and had a ‘picnic’ on school terrace (also very lovely!)
The atmosphere in our school was relaxed and friendly, the classes small and the teachers very very experienced. They helped improve my German lots and quickly! Several times they joined us for the activities organized by the school in the afternoons and evenings. For example, we went to the Pergamom Museum, to the cinema or to a bar or beer garden to have a drink together and have conversations in German – to mention just a few of the many activities!
Berlin is a city where everything is possible. You can have all sorts of entertainment, all sorts of clubs, all sorts of music, all sorts of film, dance, theatre, culture. It is a really nice place to be and is really special. Once in a while we even went to a beach party. Yeah, you can find beaches in Berlin, on the banks of the 2 rivers which run through the city – Havel and Spree!
You can imagine: I now miss Berlin a lot. So, I will return – hopefully next summer! Maxim, Elizabeth and Jorge are also planning to come again – so we’ll meet up in Berlin again! Meanwhile we exchange emails – of course not in English. We write in GERMAN!