After I got back from Vienna, I was bragging to Dan about how great being in Europe was. I suggested that we could pop over to Berlin that weekend to surprise Jami and Tarina. Initially, he thought it was a crazy idea but by the end of the week he was convinced. We flew standby on the red-eye flight on Air Berlin and landed on Friday morning. We arrived to find out that their hotel was fully booked so we found something nearby. We did not know what time the girls would be arriving from Prague so we decided to explore Berlin on foot. We started walking and happened upon the beginning of a guided walking tour so we decided to join the group. We found out that the tour was 4 hours and covered most of the highlights including Museum island, Berlin Cathedral, the Berlin Wall, Bebelplatz book burning, and the Holocaust Memorial.
After our tour finished, we thought we better call Jami and see where they were. Initially she was scared that maybe something bad had happened but was shocked and excited when we asked if they wanted to meet us for a drink that afternoon. The girls met us under Brandenburg Gate, where a festival was going on to celebrate workers day. Food stands and beer halls were set up inside the park so we grabbed a pint of Berliner pilsner and walked around the stands, my favorite of which was the Haribo candy stand. We finished the day by strolling along the River Spree on the way back to the Mitte area. That evening we had dinner at the Berliner Republik or better known as the beer stock exchange where the price of your beer is calculated based on demand. We all ordered the Paulaner and decided to stay for a bite. Dan was feeling hungry so he went for the pork knuckle. It was absolutely ginormous. We finished the evening with a drink at a nice little cocktail bar before heading back to the hotel. It was a great first day in Berlin.
On Saturday morning, we had breakfast and then made our way over to the Jewish Museum. Jami and I had been before but it was Dan and Tarina’s first time. We spent a few hours there and then went our separate ways as Dan and I had made arrangements to visit his step-brother Brady. We met up with Brady, Lena, Ida and Milla at their place. They took us out to their local neighbourhood rooftop patio for a beer and some views of the city. It was a pretty cool hangout. They even had a sand box set up for the kids. We then had a light bite at a new Spanish place that had just opened up before we had to say goodbye. It was a short visit but we are really glad we got to see them.
We made our way back up to the i31 hotel to meet up with Jami and Tarina for one last glass of German wine before heading up to the airport for our red-eye flight back to Abu Dhabi. I think we both agreed it was worth the trip and it was great to spend the weekend with friends and family.