January 10, 2014
I have lived 2 hours south of Berlin for 7 months and up until December had only been there once, to fly out of the airport. Finally, I made a trip to this international city for a weekend with a good friend (A friend who has now left me for Belgium. Thanks a lot, friend. ::wink::).
First impression: This city is HUGE. It’s so spread out compared to Dresden. Then again, Dresden is pretty small. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. One point, Dresden.
Second impression: It’s dirty. Dresden is clean. Berlin has tons of graffiti and trash lining its streets. Two points, Dresden.
Third impression: The people I met can pinpoint an East German by attitude, clothing and whether or not he/she had a baby by the age of 22. I found this hilarious but also true. The history of East/West Germany is still affecting the way people live here. One point, Berlin.
Game over. Dresden wins!! Ok, I’m a bit biased. Berlin is probably a lovely city, but I didn’t have a lot of time to see the sights. We were there for a house party and it was also too cold for me to muster up any enthusiasm for sight-seeing. But hey Berlin, you’re only 2 hours away… that’s what I’ll probably tell myself for the next 7 months to come.