Continued from Berlin Day 4 Part 1.
OK, that’s enough. It’s been a long day already, and it’s time to find some food. Today is Friday, and we know the weather will stay nice. We wanted to go out late drinking in Berlin and we had circled tonight as the night to do it. The weather is supposed to turn wet and cold again tomorrow, so despite being tired already from being out all day, we headed back to Kreuzberg, to the bars.
Back at Kreuzberg, SO’s stomping ground. SO said that schawarma at this place is the best. Schawarma is very similar to doner kebab, but it’s prepared a little differently and it also contains hummus. MMMmmm!!!
Our first stop for the night. I asked SO where we should go drinking. I told her to just take me to where she drinks with her friends. Well, this is the place. It’s an Indian fusion restaurant that offers 4 Euro drinks all night long. Berlin is a pretty cheap city relative to other European cities, but still, 4 Euros for a mixed cocktail is a pretty good deal.
Those drinks were super strong. I think they had double shots in them. I was feeling great about Berlin now. Today has been just great. If my first day in Berlin was today, I would have loved Berlin.
I went to the restroom, and when I walked up to the urinal, the guy next to me asked where I was from. I hadn’t spoken a word. I told him I was from the US. I could tell that he’s a tourist here as well. He had an accent, but I couldn’t tell from which European country. He was drunk, and he mentioned something about how he loves Berlin. Another person who loves Berlin. They are everywhere! Of course, I had to ask him why he loves Berlin, because I can’t seem to love it. He said that I need to go party with him and his friends. There’s 13 of them from Denmark, 3 guys and 10 girls. Mind, you, all of this was happening while we were pissing next to each other.
Sure, why not, I’ll go hang out with them. I told him that I had to go grab my friend SO and that I would meet them out front(they were about to leave). I got SO, told her to just come with me and that I met a guy in a restroom and we’ll go hang out with him. Now thinking back, that must have sounded really wrong at the time.
We walked out of the front door, and we see a large group of Danes standing outside waiting for us. The guy who I was talking to in the restroom saw me come out, comes up to me and asks me to say something that sounded like “Come Baro”. Sure, why not. I say it and everyone else starts laughing, and they all start saying it too. What does it mean? They all spoke English, but not perfectly. They tried to explain, but the best that they could come up with was that it means something like “Come on!”. Sure. They were heading to another bar in Kreuzberg, so we followed them. Come Baro would would repeated hundreds of times for the rest of the night. We got drinks, Come Baro. Someone knocked over a drink, Come Baro. Come Baro this, Come Baro that. I am liking this word/phrase.
The next bar/restaurant, a Mexican place. SO didn’t really want to come here because one of her friend hooked up with a waiter here and that didn’t turn out too well. Fortunately, that waiter wasn’t working here today.
There were 16 of us now and we took over a whole corner of the restaurant. I had to text my friend SO(different SO), who is a Dane living in Austin and ask him about “Come Baro”. SO said it probably wasn’t all Danish but a mix between multiple languages. He asked if the Danes were all drunk. They were. His suggestion was just for me to party with them. Done.
The Danes. I talked to several of them and asked them all why they love Berlin so much. One of the girl had been to Berlin 6 times. She said that the first time she came here, she hated it. Yes, I know that feeling. Then she says that after a while, she realized how cool Berlin was. She likes how people here are just chill. No one gives a shit here. It’s a cool place to just hang out.
I think that’s my problem with Berlin. I came here with the wrong mindset. If I came to Berlin thinking that I was going to come to a chill city and just chill out and hang out, it would have worked out. I think Berlin may be a great city in the same way that Austin is a great city. Austin sucks for sightseeing. But if you come to Austin to chill and hang out with friends and soak in the culture, then it’s awesome. I came to Berlin not looking for any of those things, and of course, found only hatred for Berlin. Today, everything is starting to shift in the right direction. I am starting to see the light.
We were beat and really drunk. Man, those fruity drinks were strong. We exchanged some contact information with the Danes outside of the bar, and left to make the long trek back to our hotel. We may meet the Danes to go clubbing tomorrow, but I doubt it. I am sure we’ll feel like shit tomorrow morning and all day. There is a bus that takes us straight from Kreuzberg back to our hotel. At least we’ve got that and won’t need to transfer.
How weak, it’s not even that late. Damn those strong fruity drinks! I must be getting old. What happened to those days when I would party until 6 in the morning? Nevermind, that still happens, but just not tonight.
Today, my first good day in Berlin.
To be continued at Berlin Day 5.