I had a great time in Cologne. I only spent two nights there, but I’ll remember them for a long time to come. The city’s cathedral is stunning, and the view from the top is excellent.

During my time in Cologne, I took a mini-trip to Bonn, where I saw Beethoven’s birthplace. I’ll remember the city most for its riverfront, though. Looking down the Rhine Valley, you see mountains on either side and picturesque houses along the hills.

Berlin is a street art Mecca. Everywhere you turn, the walls are plastered with colourful paint. The most impressive bits of all are in Kreuzberg and the East Side Gallery (the latter of which is found on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall).

I also made a short trip to Potsdam while I was in Berlin. The city is recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Potsdam itself is full of majestic buildings, but I was most impressed by Ruinenberg, a striking collection of hilltop ruins looking down on Schloss Sanssouci.

Things I’ve seen:

Cologne on the Rhine.

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Münsterplatz, Bonn.

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"World's People" by Schamil Gimajew. As seen on the Berlin Wall.

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Ruinenberg, Potsdam.

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What I’m listening to:

Ouici – She Dreams in Sound
Fashawn – “Samsonite Man”
Arkells – “The Ballad of Hugo Chavez”
Shuko feat. Blu – “Be Yourself”

Best local food I’ve eaten:

Chicken döners in Berlin. Kebabs came to Germany along with the influx of Turkish immigrants, but the döner served in a sandwich is a style that was birthed in Berlin.


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