I spent five days visiting friends in Berlin last week and walked away from the German capital with a conclusion: If I were to move back to the old continent, Berlin would be my city of choice. It's definitely, methinks, the coolest capital in Europe. Things I love about it: the laid-back vibe, gritty glamor, creative energy, affordable rents, offbeat characters, down-to-earth bars and cafes...
Here come the highlights of my stay, made possible by my dear Berlin friends who all make me want to move there in a snap:
* Taking in the sunshine one fine afternoon at Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg, a favorite swath of greenery for a sundry crowd of locals and tourists who congregate here on warm-weather days for a spot of park fun
* Cheap but tasty lunch at Rissani (Spreewaldplatz 4), a no-frills Moroccan diner near my friend's place in Kreuzberg, where we had copious amounts of schwarma and falafel for just a couple of euros
* A heartfelt talk, glass of Shiraz in hand, with my friend Sol at Fatima's Hand (Grimmstrasse 23), a cozy basement bistro run by a lovely Turkish woman near the canals in Kreuzberg, which doubles as a hair salon during the day
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