I spent last weekend in one of the largest cities in Europe - Berlin. Short trips are perfect for refreshing the mind! It's good to see other way of living, different architecture and culture every now and then!
Berlin, like many other big cities is full of contrasts. It just takes a ride of subway to feel like in two different worlds. Thanks to the well functioning public transportation system (especially the trains S-Bahn and U-Bahn) it is quite easy to get anywhere (although you might have to change the train twice to get from point A to point B, even if it's not really far away).
Depending on the area you can see vivid and happy as well as sad and depressing places. I have been to Berlin a couple of times already and what always strikes me the most are the dirty streets. The saddest sceneries are the bus stops with homeless people sleeping covered with cartons. On the more positive note, the city is international and it's full of young people. Old buildings in the east are transformed into bars and clubs, where life is pumping every weekend, all weekend long. There are places in the city, which definitely never sleep.
Going more to the center - of course the main touristic spot - the streets are cleaner and many of the buildings and roads are being renovated at this time of a year. Here are some of the main spots!
Thanks to it's big river Spree and many canals spreading from it, there are places, where people can meet up with friends and relax.
Berlin has a lot to offer and every time I'm there I discover something new. I'm already curious what I will discover next time!