Last October I was asked to produce a short promotional video for a client, which involved flying me out to Berlin, Germany. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! Truth is not only had I never had a chance to go to Berlin before, but I also grew up in various places around Germany when my family was posted there (back in the 90's). So I really felt like I should take the chance to go while I could.
With my camera gear on my back, a suitcase with very minimal clothing plus some extra gear, I flew from Stansted airport and arrived in Germany quite late in the evening, which didn't exactly help trying to find the apartment I was staying at. Eventually I found it and my first thought was how exquisite the interior was. I took some time to take in the unique and rather satisfying architecture before I unpacked what I needed then I went to sleep.
My first full day in Berlin was to film at the offices of the client whom I was working for. I literally stayed within the office, got some food from a Chinese restaurant (of all places) with some of the team I was filming. Continued to film some more before going back to the apartment. It wasn't until my second day being there that I got to really explore Berlin. Not nearly enough to discover it's awe inspiring potential but I'd say I saw enough considering I was only there for three and a half days. So on this Saturday I packed the camera gear I needed and braved the cold early morning air. This was around 8, maybe 9am, in mid-late October so it was really starting to get cold everywhere. But soon as I started walking with a couple pounds of gear of my back, including a couple cameras and a tripod, I eventually got a lot warmer. Maybe too warm but I'd stop occasionally so it really wasn't that bad.
I literally walked all over Berlin that day and some of the stops included the Berlin Wall, the TV Tower, Neptunes' Fountain, the Brandenburg Gate as well as some other places I can't really recall the names of. Even though I was filming throughout the day, I did get to take some photos. My favourite has to be from the Berlin Wall.
After spending the day just pretty much getting lost in Berlin I know for a fact I have to go again some time in the future. Just to actually take my time and see more than what I got to before. My primary goal really was only to film and capture what I needed for the video I was producing. I got back the apartment, backed up all the footage I took. Packed everything ready for my flight the next day and slept lots after facetiming my girlfriend. Woke up early again to have a quick coffee (there was no tea!) got dressed, found my way to the train station and manically checked my documents while on the train that I was heading to the right airport! Thankfully I was. Had a safe, chilled flight back to England and I had a new appreciation for how good it was to be back somewhere and could recognise everything.
It was an awesome experience and I hope to go back there one day. If not for the sights then definitely the currywurst!