Pretty unusual for me to fly to the same city twice in a year however after visiting good friends in March and cycling round Templehoff airfield (which is now a public park) I knew I should come back for the German Kite Landboard Open held there in October. The park is a great place for a kite event as there are 1000s of people passing through anyway so spectators are guaranteed. It is nice to catch up with retailers, riders and other people I do not get to see so often. It was good to see MBS rider Emmanuel Norman win it too!
Lucy came with me as her best friend is living in Berlin and we had fun here last time. I managed to book a great little apartment on AirBnB (a win for the internet) and off we went. We flew out on Friday evening. Everything was effortless. Saturday morning we got the keys to the apartment and hired bikes. Everyone has funky bikes in Berlin.
Saturday and Sunday were mostly spent at the KLB Open. Sunday night we ate at a funky bar then went on to another really cool bar. Nice to have some food and drinks and catch up.
We cycled miles and explored loads of areas we didnt see last time. Tuesday was a walking day. Cycling is great for covering distances but with traffic and at speed it is hard to really look at stuff.
Tuesday night we went to an amazing bar that looked and felt like it was in the 1950s, then on to a cool jazz night. It was a classic example of why I prefer going places you know someone – they can take you to the real spots/bars/cool places, and you dont get stuck in the tourist traps. This venue was in the middle of a park which was pitch black. It was scary cycling through in a group – alone it would have been terrifying.
I will definitely make it back to Berlin sometime!