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Berlin: The Underground City

I remember Berlin very well, like it was yesterday. I was living in Madrid when my uncle Mickey called and asked me if I wanted to go with him to Berlin for the weekend. Of course I said yes and it was all settled–we would go for four days and four nights.

When we arrived a limo picked us up at the airport and we drove to the hotel in a cold cloudy day, right in the middle of fall. Berlin as I remember is not a yellowish, nostalgic city–the feeling that day was more of a gray, decadent, magnificent city with such a strong history that you can feel the past in the air–rather thick air, I might say. I remember this feeling not like a pleasant one but in a way the city gave me the chills after passing the iconic Berlin wall and seeing bullets holes in almost every historic building. Berlin welcomed me with an air of nostalgia and images of a grayish past, mixed with the excitement of visiting a very important city in human history.

We stayed at the iconic Blu hotel. It has an incredible aquarium fish tank in the center of the lobby, very cool. The bedrooms were nice but as in any other hotel, with the plus of having a good location and a very good concierge service.

The first night we went to a very fancy place for dinner, The Grand.Our concierge recommended it as a place with good food and fancy- edgy décor. He was pretty close in the description, what with pink velvet curtains and a vintage finish look combined with a very trendy atmosphere. Berlin is just cool–not pretentious, just bold and cool.

We stayed at the iconic Blu hotel. It has an incredible aquarium fish tank in the center of the lobby, very cool. The bedrooms were nice but as in any other hotel, with the plus of having a good location and a very good concierge service.

The first night we went to a very fancy place for dinner, The Grand.Our concierge recommended it as a place with good food and fancy- edgy décor. He was pretty close in the description, what with pink velvet curtains and a vintage finish look combined with a very trendy atmosphere. Berlin is just cool–not pretentious, just bold and cool.

The Grand is the perfect mix of the antique and edgy, presented in a sophisticated way: an exquisite decoration with maxi pale curtains
mixed with a baroque oil painting next to a vintage fan and a designer Bauhaus chair: The silverware is really silver and there is a fantastic crystal chandelier, maybe eight meters wide with a soft yellow, very sexy light, and green and pinkish lavender walls undone, just exquisite.

We had a good dinner at the Grand. When we were done my uncle said: “In order to find the right spot tonight, the key is to talk with the most hipster-looking waiter, so just find the one who has more tattoos and he will tell us of a cool place to go”. I found a very handsome one and he told us where to go. Minutes later we were at the underground bar called The Kingsize.

We arrived at 11.30 pm at this tiny bar, which is like a room were you can basically just fit a king-size bed, and in less than an hour the place was completely packed, so much so that I felt like the hobbit of the bar. I am just 5’4’’ and Mickey is at least 6’4’’ so it felt like I was drowning in a sea of people. Eventually my uncle made friends with a guy that turned out to be a girl, and pretty soon we knew all about her story, how She-He became a trans and was so thrilled living the Berlin dream–just being.

Berlin is very real. In its sophisticated decadence with echoes of war you can smell the culture and sense the vibe of a strong people that fought and suffered, as well as the painful past of the Holocaust and the incredible achievements of modern German society…
The next day I went walking, shopping, and visiting art galleries.

I visited the Red Zone, a kinky area where gay people gather and chill, full of crazy shops and curiosities. It felt safe and people seemed fearless and open about their sexuality and fashion, many with tattoos all over the face and feeling comfortable in their own skin…

Next day we went to this mysterious club called Berghain. This is by far the most edgy, mystic, and hard core place I had been in Berlin. In my view Burning Man is top of the line and has no comparison, but this place is really cool. Not to spoil the magic and to keep the tradition of party alive, I suggest you go and experience yourself. And dress comfortably, because I was the only girl with a fur coat and heels and everyone was dressed in black with sneakers, so if you want to mélange avec the locals dress comfortably, maybe black leather pants and comfy shoes, and be prepared to experience fantastic underground berlinesque night life that could last 24 or 48 hours, who knows, just keep dancing…

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