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My Hometown Berlin!

Hello! or like we say in German “Hallo!” or “Guten Tag”!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about the place I was born, Berlin.
Berlin is the capital city of Germany with a population of approximately 3.5 million.

Berlin is famous for its history. Maybe you heard about the “Brandenburger Tor” (The Brandenburg Gate).
This was the gate of the “Berliner Mauer” (The Berlin Wall). This wall separated East (DDR) and West (BRD) Germany. It is still a very famous tourist attraction in Germany until now.

Other famous spots in Berlin are the “Fernsehturm” (Television Tower) or “Berliner Dom”.
The Berliner Dom is surrounded by a Park. My friends and I often had a picnic there in summer. It is really relaxing!

Berlin’s best fast food!

When it comes to food, you should try “Currywurst”! People say you can find the best one in Berlin!

The traditional Currywurst is a fried, scalded sausage, cut into thick slices and seasoned with ketchup-curry powder sauce. You eat it with french fries or bread.

Berlin is also famous for “Döner” (Kebab).
Turkish kebab was developed in Berlin by Turkish immigrants after WWII.
You can literally get it at every street corner in the city!
It’s super delicious, you should try it if you visit Berlin!

“Guten Appetit!” (Enjoy your meal!)

A world of street art!

Berlin is also one of the cities of fashion in Europe! Street fashion and art are very unique.
I studied fashion at university in Berlin, so I had the possibility to explore a lot of interesting fashion stores, to meet Designer and to visit the “Berlin Fashion Week”!

Let’s go shopping!

We also have a lot of big shopping malls in Berlin! Most of them have the standard shops like H&M, ZARA and Forever 21. Others are more expensive.

Before I came to Japan, I worked in shopping mall for a store specialized in denim.
Another famous mall is “KaDeWe” which stands for “Kaufhaus des Westens” (department store of the west). It was the biggest department store of West Germany before the wall came down. Berlin has one of the biggest shopping malls in Germany!

How to speak like a Berliner!

Like in all different parts of Germany, we speak a dialect in Berlin called “Berlinerisch”. We pronounce words differently or have complete different words for different things.
People from other parts of Germany say that “Berlinerisch” sounds rude and unpleasant but it is also very funny dialect!

For examples:
Birthday → Geburtstag (in German) → Jeburtstach (in Berlinerisch)
So, “Happy Birthday” in German means “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!”
In Berlinerisch, it is “Alled Jute zum Jeburtstach, wa!”

We also have different words for food!
I sometimes have problems to order in bakeries because I am used to the names we use in Berlin, so the staff doesn’t know what I want.

A good example is a kind of doughnut called “Pfannkuchen” (Berlin). In other parts of Germany people call it “Berliner” (because it’s made in Berlin) or “Krapfen”.

A Berliner Pfannkuchen similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Party!

If you are a kind of person who loves to dance and go to clubs, Berlin is your city!
People from all over Germany come to Berlin just to party and have fun!
Berlin has a lot of districts like “Kreuzberg” or “Prenzlauer Berg” where you can find several clubs and bars!

If you are interested in history, you love art and fashion and you want to try a new kind of fast food, you should definitely visit my hometown Berlin!
I am sure it will be a nice experience for you!

“Bis dann!” (See you!) or “Auf Wiedersehen!” (Goodbye)

My Hometown Berlin!
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