Berlin - May Day
Just after Kings Day in Holland, my friend Chris and I hopped over to Berlin for a long weekend. We stayed at an Airbnb the first couple nights, then with my good friend Bianca. It was one of the best trips of my life, we continuously had good luck and couldn't believe how lucky we were!
As previously stated, I always enjoy Berlin, but this weekend was special! We did some wandering and saw some sights, but mostly just enjoyed the warm, sunny weather. Serena, Bianca's sister, and her boyfriend Tim were visiting from Munich for the weekend and we hitched ourselves to their wagon.
Saturday night out with them, we hopped around, drinking vodka and Club Mate in front of little corner stores before we found ourselves at a house party. It was a blast and the people were so friendly, we did some dancing there before heading toward the club. The club, was unfortunately a bust. We tried our luck at Berghain, only to be denied after waiting in line for 3 hours. At that point we were exhausted and just went home.
Rest on Saturday night was actually the best thing because we didn't realize what we were in for on Sunday, May Day. Again, it was gorgeous and sunny. We headed to Gorlitzer Park in Kreuzberg. This is where the main May Day gathering is happening. The park was packed with people, there were musicians playing, DJ's and everyone was just enjoying themselves in the park. We danced to two drummers from Puto Production playing together who were amazing! We then wandered around, just checking everything out and listening to the varied music throughout the park.
As it got closer to sunset, our unofficial guides said we should head out and go to a club. I thought it was early until the Police started to roll in to the park. Apparently, each year the gathering turns into rioting as the far left people clash with police on Liberation Day. I saw videos online later of the rioting, tear gas and fighting; I was glad we got out of there.
That night we had some tough luck with the clubs, but Chris and I ended up at Magdalena and made the best of our night!
The following day we just rested and enjoyed the sunshine in a park after a weekend of walking, dancing and exploring.
We spent our last day exploring the shops and taking in the city with no clear goal in mind. Again, I left Berlin feeling supremely happy and loving the funkiness that is that city.