Gutentag! I was in Berlin the last 3 weeks and I had the time of my life (thanks Dirty Dancing for this relatable quote). In this blogpost, I will tell you a little bit about what I did there, why I went there and some great things about Berlin itself!
On July 8th, I went to Berlin by train, alone. I arrived at Berlin HBF (central station) in a little more than 4 hours. I was going to follow a German language course. It is very common for people to come there alone. People came from all over the world to follow a German language course in Berlin. I went there with Education First. EF is an organization that arranges language courses all over the world, in a lot of different languages. I choose Berlin, first of all, because I wanted to improve my German. I also wanted to explore the city and because I am afraid to go somewhere by plane, going to Berlin was a great option.
My classes and the school
Of course, I have to tell you something about the classes I was following. I had classes everyday during the week (except for the weekend). I normally had 4-5 hours of class. These classes were totally in German, because I already had B2 level of German. (this is quite a high level) My teacher taught me German grammar, vocabular, reading and speaking. I also had special classes like ‘German in business‘, ‘Grammar‘ and ‘Vocabular‘. The school was located in the aread Tiergarten. It was a modern building with a lot of lounges where we students could relax! The only bad thing was that there was no airconditioning at all! I really liked my classes but they were so hard to follow sometimes because of the heat. It was around 30 degrees Celsius when I was in Berlin.
So the school had different options for accomodation. There was a residence for 18+, a residence for 16+ or you could stay at a hostfamily. I was in the 18+ residence, which was located in the area Moabit. I had a room for myself that was actually quite big. There were a lot of EF-students in the residence, so I already made a lot of friends in the residence.
Talking about friends, I made a lot of them! Because I was there alone, and almost everybody else was there alone, I had to make some friends. It was the perfect time to ask everybody’s name, where they’re from and why they were studying Berlin. People came from all over the world to take the language course in Berlin. My expectation was, that there would be a lot of Europeans and that I would meet a lot of Dutch people. There were a lot of Europeans, but a lot less Dutch people than I expected. I even met people from America (North, Central and South) and Asia!! That was super cool.
The school also made sure that the students had the opportunity to explore the city, and that’s what I did. A lot. Berlin is a very big city and I wanted to see as much as I could within the 3 weeks I was there. I did several tours with the school, they always provided a (local) guide who could explain about the city. One of the most beautiful things I did was the street art tour. We walked through Friedrichshain to see the most beautiful street art on the walls. I also explored Germany by myself. I went to Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Alexanderplatz, Fernsehturm (TV tower), Berliner Dom, East Side Gallery, Jewish Monument, Tempelhof and I went shopping at Friedrichstrasse.
Okay, I could even only go to Berlin for the food. Damn, the food is so good there! The burger places are everything, it was so delicious. I also tried the famous currywurst, that one was good too. I ate vegan two times, which was a great experience, but I don’t think I will do that soon again. Fastfood is also very good in Berlin. I went to Pizzahut, Subway and McDonald’s hihi.
Looking back on my trip to Germany, I can only smile about how cool it was. I had such an incredible time. It was the first time going on ‘vacation’ alone, and yes, it was hard sometimes, but there were always people around to have fun with! I always tried to do a lot of things with the school and with my friends. I would definitely recommend going on a vacation or a language course by yourself, because I really ‘found myself’ (okay, that sounds so un-like me hahaha, but yeah, I can’t call it something else). I learned how to take care of myself, how I act in groups and how I act in unexpected situations. I just had the time of my life!
I hope you liked reading a little bit about my experience in Berlin. If you have any questions about the course I did or if you want some tips for Berlin, you can always leave a comment down below. Also, I will do a blogpost soon about some changes I will do with my blog. So stay tuned for that!
Thanks for reading!
Love, Anne ♥