These are a Few of my Favorite Things

Wow, my semester in Berlin is coming to an end. Its hard to believe that it has been 5 months! As my final days are approaching I’ve been reminiscing of the things I’ll miss most about Berlin. Here are several of them. : )


Oh my goodness. I am going to miss Mustafas every day for the rest of my life. Mustafas is a famous food stand only a five minute walk from where I live that serves the most amazing doner kebabs. Mustafas doners are filled with chicken, potatoes, fresh veggies, different sauces and topped with feta cheese. Words don’t do it justice, you honestly have to try one for yourself although the line is usually down the street. This is hands down one of the best things I have ever eaten.

My Berlin roomie and I enjoying Berlins late night treats; her with Curry 36 fries and myself with a doner from Mustafas of course.
After his first bite, one of my friends described the doner as life changing.

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg gate is one of the most iconic monuments in Berlin and is also incredibly beautiful. Its always so nice to be in that area and appreciate its beauty. When you see it you can’t help but think, “Wow I am really in Berlin.” I remember one day after class I just sat at an ice cream shop, right in front of Brandenburg, reading a book and enjoying the busy, but calm atmosphere. I’ll definitely miss being able to jump on a train and arrive at this beauty in 15 minutes.



The Parks

Although it hasn’t been warm for too long, I have still seen some of the great parks Berlin has to offer. I love finding different parks to explore because they are the perfect place to read, catch up on my journaling, people watch or even have a little picnic with some friends. Usually gelato stands, which are often in sight when I’m craving a cold, refreshing treat, are the cherry on top.

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During my time in Berlin I attended Saddleback Church Berlin. Saddleback is international with numerous locations in California, Berlin, Argentina, the Philippines and Taiwan. At this church, my friends from the program and I were able to join a small group with amazing young people who love God. I was so thankful to have a church home while abroad and get to know some locals at the same time.

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Biking around the city

I LOVE to bike! In the fall when I biked around Hope, I would always think to myself that soon I would be biking around Berlin, and that I did. Biking is such a cool way to see and get around the city. After classes, when the days were nice, my friends and I would bike to different parks to meet up with friends and explore other parts of the city.

Berlin is such a bike friendly city. Biking made me feel more like a local.

“Happiness is Only Real When Shared”

I have met so many interesting and great people during my time in Berlin. From my professors, to CIEE staff, to my coworkers at my internship and of course my friends in the program; I have developed some great relationships that I will be sure to maintain. It’s great to reminisce with friends, from the semester in Berlin program, who went through similar experiences.

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My closest German friend Bekka, I will miss her soo much!
The original group. <3

Those are just several of my favorite things, but the list could go on and on. I encourage you to go abroad so you can create a list of your own. : )

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