My first week in Berlin: a visit to the Reichstag and Daluma.

I’ve been in Berlin for one full week now. My first few days here were a bit chaotic, but now I feel like I’m starting to settle. This feels great!

I’ve been busy exploring the city every day. I want to take advantage as many free activities as I can. Today I paid a visit to the Reichstag building, the home of Germany’s parliament.

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With its large glass dome and rooftop terrace open to the public, the Reichstag is the most visited parliament in the world. Who wouldn’t want to soak in a 360-degree view of the city?

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Touring the glass dome is free but prospective visitors must register online in advance. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID and a screenshot of your confirmation letter. You’ll need these to make it through security.

The Reichstag is located on the edge of Berlin’s largest park, Großer Tiergarten. I strolled around the park and picnicked on a bench following the Reichstag rooftop tour. Großer Tiergarten is massive—520 acres—so I only managed to see a tiny portion of it. I think I’ll set aside an entire day this week or the next for park explorations. Why not?

After Tiergarten Park, I headed to Daluma for my second lunch. Daluma offers cosy seating (think pillows instead of chairs) and a fresh menu of 100% vegan and organic salads, smoothies, and juices. The acai bowl I ordered was nice but I wanted more smoothie for the price. This bowl cost 8,60.

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It did come loaded with toppings, but I’d rather have more kiwi and pear over the cashews, cacao nibs, hemp, and chia seeds. I’m just not a fan of fatty garnishes on smoothie bowls.

The food tour continued with a complimentary all-vegan buffet at The Bowl across the street from where I’m staying. The Bowl is an all-vegan restaurant and café located above Veganz (and next to Avesu, an all-vegan shoe store). Today is their one year anniversary. How cool! It was so nice of them to celebrate their anniversary with scores of hungry Berliners. I am living in a vegan paradise!

Tomorrow I plan on visiting the Turkish Market again and feasting on cherries and watermelon along the canal.

What are your plans for the week?

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