Day One has been a SUCCESS!
I made it safely to Berlin Tegel Airport, found the correct bus, and arrived at my destination without a single problem! I feel great! Living in New York City and navigating its public transportation on a daily basis has definitely made getting around other cities a total breeze. But for those of you not based in a busy city, have no fear! Just plan out your routes ahead of time and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
After my I checked in at the hostel, I decided to get some fresh air and see some of Berlin before it got dark. First on my list, and conveniently a 10 minute walk away, was the TV Tower boasting panoramic views of the city.
My first day in Berlin was very easygoing and relaxing. I was definitely trying to ease myself into my first real solo experience in a foreign city. Excited for what adventures tomorrow will bring!
Today was all about sight seeing! Yay!
I signed up for the Sandeman’s free walking tour and had an absolute blast. The 2.5 hour tour is free and you just tip your guide at the end based on how much you enjoyed your time. And I certainly did. Here are some pictures from my walk around the city.
It was super rainy and pretty cold out, but regardless of the weather, you just have to suck it up and make the most of your day! I finished off the evening with a visit to the Hofbräu Berlin, which just so happened to be a 5 minute walk away from my hostel…perfect! Sitting alone in a Hofbrauhäus is pretty much as awkward as you would imagine it to be…
Luckily it was a relatively quiet Sunday evening so it wasn’t too bad. I used this as a challenge for myself to really just enjoy my own company, though. I kept my phone away, I observed the people around me, and I actually really enjoyed my authentic dinner! Bavarian meatballs, garlic potatoes with gravy and fried onions…and you can’t forget your beer!
Lessons Learned Today
Do the things you would do even if you were with friends! For me, it was going to a large restaurant that is typically for big groups of people. But I knew I would regret not going so I put my big girl pants on and went by myself!
Wear comfortable shoes when doing your walking tours! I wore my sneakers everyday because they get the job done, but if you’re one who likes to wear fancy shoes/booties/flats/heels…I recommend doing sneakers on your long touristy days!