Travel Diary: Berlin

Berlin has locked down its place in my hearrrt.


Bear-lin. 😛 We stayed at Hotel Catalonia, and loved everything about the place.
So. Much. Floor. Area.
Always a treat! Haha.
Spotted these buildings growing greens on the way to the train station.
Love that there are playgrounds all around the city.
During the first couple of days there, we toured various memorials. This one was for the Murdered Jews of Europe. I found this quote in the underground museum–it explains why the memorial was built. So sound, even for our own country today.
“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” – Primo Levi
The East Side Gallery, Berlin’s memorial for freedom.
Noelle & Kai
Plastered posters everywhere
This condensed slab serif speaks so much of what you see in the streets of Berlin: how there is only old or new– no in betweens, no room for transition. No choice but to move on from a grim, complicated past towards simple shapes and basic colors.
Alphabet noodles, and old letterpress blocks. I love how they love their letters. 😛
I used a postcard-sized book of hot-pressed watercolor paper as my journal for the trip. Documented some letters that I found around the city.



Bubble man!
Currywurst near Checkpoint Charlie.
They had veggie hotdog! The sauce is basically tomato paste and curry powder.
There’s also an old school photobooth in this place! (see first photo in this post)
Luckily, we were able to catch Street Food Thursday at Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg.
Beer! And Donuts! Homer Simpson would be so happy 😛


Randomly bumped into Ateneo friends Gabi and Andrea!


Took a bus to the (old) Bauhaus. This would have been my dream school (had I lived in the 1920’s :P). They combined crafts with fine arts! Artists like Kadinsky, Albers, Klee, and Bayer (designer of the geometric sans serif font) all went to school here. They’ve now turned the structure into a gallery.
The new Bauhaus is located on Moritzplatz, Kreuzberg. Aufbau Haus is an office building that houses small creative businesses and creative spaces. Planet Modulor is a HUGE creative department store, where I, of course, spent hours going through the aisles of art supplies.
Also went book and magazine shopping! One of my fave stores there is Voo.


I will always love a city that loves primary colors and typography. 🙂
Köpenicker Str. 80-82, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin
East Side Gallery
Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin
Platz des 18 März / Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie / Currywurst / Photobooth
Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin
Markthalle IX
Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin
Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design
Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin
Aufbau Haus / Planet Modulor
Prinzenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin (Moritzplatz station)
Voo Store
Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin