As the titel suggests, I have been to Berlin and…well I wasn’t very impressed. It sucks to say that, because after hearing so many people rave about the city, I really wanted to love Berlin! I’ve pretty much been putting off writing this Travel Journal for
days weeks now, because I just really don’t want to come across as naggy or ungrateful! Because how cool is it that I am in the financial position to travel to Berlin (or at all)?!
But I want this blog to be a a place of honesty, so that means that I will sometimes have to put out content that isn’t exclusively about my positive experiences. Because the reality of travelling -and life in general, really- is that it won’t always meet your expectations. Along with the fun adventure times, you will probably have some bad or disappointing experiences too and that is OK! When something like that happens we just learn more about what travel destinations and/or activities are for us and which aren’t. Besides, we don’t all have to like the same things!
I don’t think it’s fair to blame it all on Berlin itself for not meeting my expectations. It was probably a combination of several things, like:
Some friends and I had been talking about going on a trip together for a while and when we found a very inexpensive flight to Milan for only €43,- (including the return flight!) in the week before Christmas, we decided to just do it! Since I couldn’t get any extra time off from work, we booked an evening flight for Tuesday and a return flight for Thursday evening. That way we could take advantage of my scheduled free Wednesday and Thursday. That would give us around 36 hours of Milan adventures! Or something like that… for all intensive purposes I will just say 36 hours haha!
So I took my trolley to work on Tuesday and went straight to Schiphol airport after to catch our flight to Milan Malpensa. About one and a half hours later -around 22:30 pm-, we arrived at Malpensa airport. We were prepared for cold weather, but holy frack! It was SO MUCH colder than in The Netherlands! After asking directions to Milan Central Station, we decided to take a direct bus for €8,-. We arrived at our destination an hour later.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Hotel Aosta, which is very conveniently located right across from Milan Central Station! We had a room with three single beds and great view of the Station. The room was very well kept and clean and the beds were very comfortable! The en suit bathroom also had everything to suit our needs. The staff was very friendly as well. What more does one need when on a city trip?
What We Saw + Did
We woke up nice and early the next day, so we could see as much of the city as humanly possible. And we did just that! Here are some snapshots from the highlights.
In mid-October me and the boyfriend went tot Dublin, Ireland, for 3 days. It was a surprise for his birthday and as an accidental blabbermouth it was SO hard for me not to spoil the surprise! He knew I had a trip planned (I had to make sure he’d clear his schedule, of course), but he didn’t know where we would be going. So in the month leading up to the trip I very much enjoyed teasing him with tiny spoilers, but never revealing the surprise. I had managed to keep it a secret for the whole month without blabbermouthing. A personal best, so you can imagine I was extremely proud of myself! c’: